Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #5: Maui - Day 1

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 01-08-2010 07:54 PM 1697 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Was replying to a post by dbHost about insulation, and decided to continue on in my blog. Right now my personal insulation consists of my shorts and a T-shirt, both only for modesty. Sitting on the lanai (balcony or porch) looking at the ocean about 10-15 yards away, light trade winds, drinking coffee, and relaxing 7:15 AM here, partly cloudy, supposed to clear today according to the local Weather Underground. We are in the lee of mountains on the north west smaller part of Maui, and this area is the clearest place on Maui, generally. It’s one of the reasons we have come here so many times, very little rain. Sherie is on her usual morning sojourn to Starbuck’s in Kihei, a few miles away, for her chocolate milk (she calls it a mocha, but she has them minimize the coffee, put a lot of whipped cream on it, and I find it indistinguishable from chocolate milk). Sherie’s mother, Shirley, usually walks the beach just as it becomes light. Mychelle, Sherie’s handicapped daughter, age 30, sacks in. I will walk the beach for a mile or more each way a couple times each day. Hence, I will end up with a good sun tan. At about 0800hrs, we will go fast walking for about an hour.

I am drinking some French press generated coffee, from Starbuck’s house blend we bought when buying groceries at the Safeway in Kihei yesterday, there is a nearby stand alone Starbucks. I bring along my metal and plastic, very well built, Starbucks French press. Using their house blend, I make coffee, perhaps best described as caustic. I don’t think methamphetamine has much on my coffee, and I am always afraid the feds will bust me as a narc.

Ahhhh, the sun is just peeking over Haleakala at this moment, Haleakala being the the large extinct volcano,10,023 feet high that comprises the larger southeastern section of Maui. Maui is shaped like a lopsided dumbbell. I do believe this is going to be a beautiful day. It is 71 degrees now, and it will rise into the low 80’s with a steady light breeze. For those of you into geography, we are situated on Maalaea Bay, on the ocean, in a line up of condo buildings, which stop when they butt up against a small municipal park/beach, beyond which runs a 3 mile stretch of wildlife refuge beach down to Kihei with no buildings on the beach at all. Wonderful walking.

Well got to get some more coffee, move the computer out of the sun, and get ready to go walking. I will try to get some photos later today, no promises, I sink into decadence, slobbery, indecisiveness, and mental torpor while here on Maui.



-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 08:00 PM

Jim, this sounds like you are enjoying yourself as you should be. I am sure your battery will be recharged when you have to come back to reality (and the cold/snows of home).

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 08:21 PM

Go ahead, Jim, rub it in!! Were tough- we can take it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 08:27 PM

Precisely, Scott, it is definitely a recharge for me. The people just below us we met about a year and a half ago, they asked us to buy part of their condo, it is shared by 5 people and their assigned times rotate each year. However, my schedule is too demanding for that sort of thing, we would buy a condo outright if we wanted to hold property here. But we have, of necessity, our hands full of real estate in Alaska, with my business and a home for Sherie’s mother, Shirley, and Mychelles house as well. So we will just continue to rent a condo for 2 weeks once or twice a year. Well, off to fast walking, Shirley just got back from her beach walk, and she can watch Mychelle.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 09:13 PM

I can tell, right away, that this trip will be a true trial of your capacity to endure hardship, Jim.

All I can do is wish you luck, and to let you know that … we’re here for you if you need us.


Have a great trip, Buddy. Get lots of rest, lots of Vitamin D. Keep drinking that Crack Coffee (my favorite kind, by the way), and … aloha!

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 09:33 PM

While you are there, can you drop by Kawai and say Hi to some of my relatives for me?

Scary thing is, never been to Hawaii…

But reading your Blog post sure makes me miss Cancun….

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#6 posted 01-08-2010 10:18 PM

stefang (Mike) said I should post some pictures, etc…................and I knew LJ’s could take it…........and having been on the receiving end… it out too…....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 01-08-2010 10:21 PM

Aloha Jim,

I am here in New Brunswick, Canada—where its cold & the only sand is on the icy roads :>( ..... BUT in 1 month’s time we will be in Maui….about 1 mile south of where you are, also overlooking Maalaea Bay :>)

Enjoy the whales!

-- Terry, Fredericton, NB Canada

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#8 posted 01-08-2010 10:39 PM

Neil and David
I took some pictures, quite a contrast from early this morning until later, after the sun started to burn off the clouds. When we were fast walking there was a great rainbow because it was misting. Then the sun came out and it got hot. Will post some pictures today…..........but we have a strict schedule…..shower, then over to Buzz’s Wharf, we’ll drive but it is walking distance… lunch while we watch the boats and whales…..probably fish and chips, Sam Adams or one of the Hawaiian microbrews on tap (Sherie won’t ride with me, so I never have to drive…....perpetual designated driver…......don’t know why she won’t ride with me, I always get us places quicker)........... (-:

Then over to Costco (big warehouse store for those not familiar) and buy the meat and other staples for the rest of the stay. Then back to the condo, walk the beach and watch the few whales that are spouting and breaching, drink beer, walk the beach, drink wine, start writing silly things on LJ’s because I am properly relaxed, you know…..........
strict schedule…............................

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 01-08-2010 10:45 PM

That sounds like Sugar Beach in Kihei…........., or further south in Wailea, but that would be away from the bay. There will be more whales here then. This has been an annual trip for us for many years, sometimes twice in a year, takes only 5 1/2 hours nonstop from Anchoarage. Have fun!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 01-08-2010 11:01 PM

Cheers jim
I was just thinking this morning when you arive was and then you already is there I envy you
I´m total green of it :-(
but you deserve it have a very nice and plesent vacation and recharge slowly but to the top
you need it becourse we will demand so much from you when you return from it
and send those damm picture´s so we can be dark green of envious but we can take it

the best wishes for you and yours on the vacation


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#11 posted 01-08-2010 11:27 PM

Sounds like you are enjoying yourself Jim. We really need those pictures! It is -13C out there right now and I’m burning a whole forest of Birch just to keep warm. I’ve even had to put on some silly looking “adult booties” my wife knitted to keep my feet at a bearable temperature. If you run into anyone in Hawaii who is dreaming about a winter vacation in Norway and is willing to trade houses for the next 3 months, let me know (they will have to pay my travel expenses too since I spent all the money on my new scroll saw.) Have fun, and thanks for rubbing it in!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-08-2010 11:58 PM

Jim, I love being on top of Haleakala when a thunderstorm passes over the island. Wildest site on earth to watch the top of a thunderstorm. I also like to play in the waterfalls along the road to Hana. Hope you have a real good time.

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#13 posted 01-09-2010 12:42 AM

picture´s of the whale´s too asking my daughter politly when she said goodnight
for to day

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#14 posted 01-09-2010 03:51 AM

Re whale pictures…......hard to get the right moment and they are too far away to be truly interesting in a photo. But I will watch and see if some unusual opportunity arrives. Your daughter’s requeat is a good one, but hard to do from shore, even with expensive photographic equipment. They do get in close enough to hear the sound when they jump out of the water, and then land with a tremendous splash. I have been on water tours where we feed sharks, pet moray eels, watch the dolphins ride the wake, in a number of tropic locations. I like to visit the tropics, but my heart isn’t here.

And the same answer for you and Mike, in a couple hours for the pictures…......recovering from shopping.

I am not relaxed enough yet for the pictures, that will be a couple of hours. Right now I am tired of shopping, tired of Costco, Safeway, and we even made our token real estate window shopping, but we never buy. Did I say I hate shopping. People used to laugh about me bringing a computer everywhere I went, funny, nobody laughs anymore, and my wife spends almost as much time on it as I do. I laugh about the fact that my wife and her mother each have a sewing machine here, and are quilting away. They have the same machine, a light weight Janome that performs very well. Of course, they have bigger machines at home. I think that is the equivalent of me bringing a computer. We just spend time doing what we like to do here…..........relaxation-city….....

I have been to the top of Haleakala probably three times over the last 30 years. Never had a thunderstorm, that would be awesome, and I let my kids take themselves to the falls on the way to Hana, I decline. I have been swimming in falls in a few places on this earth, and I admit it is fun. We frequent the upcountry, taking the highway that goes to Haleakala but veering off to Kula, Makawao, and Haliimaile frequently coming down through Paia. The upcountry is quieter, and much more charming than the other tourist traps…....(-:

I will take my beach walk, and then will get some photos out for the ‘hand rubbing it in finish’ (-:

Nope, just got assigned to fulfill my promise to take Mychelle to the swimming pool. So Kindle and plastic glass in hand, here I go…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 01-09-2010 05:36 AM

you are too beesy jim with all those comitments with shop tour etc. relax

I do know how hard it is to take those foto of wild animals but I had to write it becourse she
was standing beside me and dictate it sweet as she is ( she just starded to learn english)


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