Thursday, July 17, 2014

Maui, Day 4

Day Four in Maui we decided to brave the Road to Hana.  We weren't sure how far we'd make it - the road has over 600 hairpin curves (and when they say hairpin, they MEAN hairpin! those curves are intense!) and 54 one-way bridges.  My poor motion-sick prone hubby wasn't too sure about it either...but my parents graciously allowed him to drive the rental car (while we all white-knuckled in the backseats).

Our first stop on Hana Highway was The Garden of Eden - it was pretty expensive to enter, but it was a fantastic example of tons of varieties of plants to be seen in Hawaii.

We loved the peacocks that greeted us - and even chased some cars!
 Pssst... there's a peacock behind you!
 Cole loved seeing this flock of noisy ducks!
 So many beautiful and interesting plants and flowers! It was very Hawaiian!
 Cole loved sitting on all these little benches scattered throughout:
 These Rainbow Eucalyptus trees were incredible! 
 After the Garden of Eden, we headed to our goal of the Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach, which we arrived to right at lunchtime.  Fortunately, Gram planned ahead with a picnic lunch for us all:

 It was SO beautiful and quite the experience!
 Unfortunately, we needed to head back home afterward, since my little Chase-man was NOT a fan of being in his car seat all day long.  There were tears.  Lots and lots of tears.  And screaming.  Which is not the best environment for driving 600 hairpin turns.  But we all survived!
A beautiful, incredible day in Maui!

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