In between family stuff (like, you know, my cousin's wedding) and just generally relaxing, we've been of course exploring the island. On the second or third day, whatever day it was, I hopped on a boat with Eddie and my mom, and along with 30-some-odd strangers, we embarked on a voyage of whale-watching and general awesomeness.
Now, the humpback migration through this area winds down around early/mid May. And as you've probably gathered, it's...May. So instead of being knee-deep in whales, the area between Lanai, Maui, and Molokai has about 12 whales left. (The naturalist made sure to rub it in by saying that in February/March-ish, the harbor is often referred to as "whale soup". Bitch.) Surprise surprise...we didn't see any whales.
But you know, it's kind of hard to be bummed out about anything when your boat encounters a pod of about 80 spinner dolphins.
Especially when those dolphins are cruising along with your boat and playing in the waves right off the bow (which of course we were leaning over).
And holy hell, look at the size of the remora attached to this guy:
After our 2-hour voyage, we returned to Lahaina and drove up north to do some snorkeling. As luck would have it, I wasn't feeling all that well by then, and much to my curse-laden frustration, had to bow out of snorkeling. (WTF. Seriously, WTF? Growl.) While my parents and husband floated facedown in the crystal clear waters (and that jerk I'm married to actually saw a sea turtle *grumbles*), I sat in the shade of a palm tree and kept an eye on our stuff.
Circumstances are what they are, though, and while I would have loved to snorkel, I wasn't about to just sit there feeling sorry for myself.
There were some cute little birds wandering around. I had crackers.
So, I made some friends.
There really are worse ways to spend an afternoon, you know?
- In which we hunt the elusive Lava Bunny in its natural habitat.
- Wandering aimlessly around Lahaina and Kihei
- Pics from the awesomest lagoon ever
And as I sign off, I leave you with a little nugget of knowledge I picked up this morning:
It is incredibly awesome the first time you see a shark while snorkeling.
It is mildly unnerving the first time you don't see that same shark.
That is all.