Thursday, May 1, 2008

I'm so bad!

I'm so bad at keeping up with this! I bet no one even looks at my page anymore because I so seldom update! I can't promise that I will get any better, but here is the lastest post! I hope you like the slide show. Its just a few of the pictures. Bryant's parents have a very awesome camera and when I get pictures from them I'll put another slide show up!

Going to Maui in March for our 10 year anniversary was awesome. My mom kept the kids at our house so we got to go child-less. Bryant's brother Aaron and his wife, Brooke were there as well as Bryant's parents. We all stayed at the same wonderful resort. Here is a little picture of it! We affectionately called it "The Pink Palace." It was a really awesome place to stay. Here is the link to the web site if you want to check it out more.

In March the whales are by the island of Maui having babies and we saw so many of them every day. It was so neat to see them. Especially when they would jump out of the water. Unfortunately we didn't get a picture of one jumping but got several other shots that are in the slide show.

We started out the week by going on a snorkel boat to the Molokini crater. It was really amazing. Here is some info about it I found on the web.


Offshore Island

Located 2 ½ miles off Maui's south coast, Molokini is an extinct volcano that is now designated as a State Marine Life and Bird Conservation District. Its crescent shape acts as a fortress that provides protection from waves and powerful currents making this area one of the top ten dive sites in the world.

Molokini's back wall sharply drops off to depths of 300 feet. In the center is a lush reef area with excellent viewing up to 150 feet. The pristine waters are home to about 250 species of fish - some of which are found nowhere else on earth. Boat tours leave for Molokini from Ma'alaea Harbor or Kihei Boat Ramp. The best conditions for visiting the Islet are early in the morning.

When we got there we decided to snuba instead of snorkel the crater. Snuba is a cross between scuba and snorkeling. You are tied to a raft where you get your air and then you have a hose that takes you 20 feet under water to see all the aquatic life up close. The mouth piece is the same as scuba and we also had to wear a weight belt. It was really peaceful that far underwater, except for the bubbles from the snuba mask. We got to see a sea cucumber, eels, and look up at the snorkelers. After Molokini we went to another spot sometimes called Turtle Town. There are a lot of giant sea turtles that like to hang out in this certain area and we saw so many. There were underwater coral arches also. We did the snuba there also and got very close to about 4 turtles. We were warned not to touch them because it was a $25,000 fine!

The rest of the week we spent a lot of time on the beach boggie boarding, relaxing and doing more snorkeling. In the evenings we would go out and do a little shopping. We heard about an area called Honolua Bay while we were there. We walked down through the jungle to a black sand beach. In the jungle we found a vine low to the ground and had to swing on it of course!
When we started to snorkel at Honolua Bay we had to swim about a 1/2 mile out to get to the coral. It was amazing. There were canyons and ridegs of coral everywhere. Aaron and Brook saw a barracuda and Bryant and I saw a spotted sting ray. There were also a couple of eels there too. We snorkeled there until sunset. When we got back to the beach and were drying off we notice the water swirling and black fins in the water about 50 yards from where we had just been snorkeling. Some other guys at the beach were sure they were sharks because they had just seen a reef shark while snorkeling. We watched the fins for about 10 minutes and then they were gone. More people came down to the beach that had been up on the cliff. We asked if they had seen they fins up there and they said that they had. They had binoculars and a better view, and told us that they were spinner dolphins not sharks. We were all relieved!

Another amazing thing we saw was a pair of turtles mating about 10 feet from the beach at a beach called DT Flemming. I got a little video of that too!
Apparently it was quite a rare sighting and it even made the local paper.

It was a great vacation. The kids were pretty good for my mom expect that Bryson didn't sleep very well. It also snowed while we were gone and she almost got hit by a garbage truck that was sliding down the road . . . other than that it went well and Ashelynn was a big help.
It was great to relax, but the tans faded all too soon.

Today its been snowing off and on all day here and its May! Oh well, the memory of Hawaii kind of keeps me warm!


Grandma Holly said...

Those are great pictures of Maui. I loved the way you did it. Fantastic. You are good. All of the pictures are super. Sounds like you had to best time.

Rachel said...

What a fun trip! Someday Troy and I will get to Hawaii. I'm glad that you weren't swimming with sharks. That gives me panic attacks just thinking about it. Thanks for the update!

Shaun & April said...

How fun. It looks so warm. What's with all this snow in May? Glad you guys had a good time and I'm glad you updated...

{Susan...Seriously.} said...

well, it's good to see that you didn't forget about your blog...though i'm shocked by the very explicit video;0) i bet that was some slow action...

glad to hear that you all had a wonderful time! and sorry to hear that you are still getting snow, it's finally warmer here...(a cool 80 degrees yesterday) to the fam!

Amy said...

On on the contrary...I check your blog almost every day to see if you's that for pressure?!!! Love the videos and pictures. I am so glad you had a great time. You kind of sound like your mom on the video!

Danielle said...

This is very luxury. I'm glad you had fun. You look really pretty in the outfit with the green blouse. My parentals are in Hawaii right now and I'm babysitting. Not so much fun. I'm taking the DAT in about a month. I'm starting to freak out a little. haha.

aquabatgirl said...

i want to go to hawaii! and how cool that you got to see so much animal life up close and personal! and don't worry i'm sure your tans will back soon :)

Mommas said...

Ciera - It's Aunt Eileen! (Mommas is Richie's nickname for me) How fun to read your blog. I haven't checked it for a while. I am glad you got to go to Maui. It is a wonderful place. Doug and I are going back in September. Someday I hope to be able to take my children too. SO FUN!