Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #6: Maui - Day 2

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 01-09-2010 08:21 PM 1683 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Finally got to the pictures this morning, vacation and play is getting in the way of LJ,s…....(-:

So this morning, got up and sorted and processed the photos, and as I was drinking coffee on the lanai, working on the computer, the sun was just starting to rise over Haleakala:

Later, took a picture of myself with the camera sitting on the railing:

Here is the condo from outside. If the ground floor is floor 1, we are on floor 2 to the right:

Looking out and down the lawn, from the lanai:

Where I was about to go for a beach walk:

Closer view:

As I walked on the beach, this little guy saw me coming, walked away from the water and then around me and went back to feed some more at the water’s edge, he didn’t think I was impressive enough to fly away from: I continued down the beach, no buildings here, a wildlife reserve….........

Only walked the beach once yesterday, probably twice today, and pretty soon I will get my suntan whether I want it or not. Time to go fast walking…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 08:32 PM


We have sunshine hear, but no heat, -20 F at noon.

But our house is nice & warm.

I often wondered where that bird goes in the winter.

He’s much smarter than us. <(;O}#

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 08:55 PM

A big Drool from all of us here on Ærø
we realy en envy you and yours
great pictures we love to see them
thank´s for sharing it with us

here there is abaut -12 degrees celcisus right now and the wind has start to haul like a wulf

have a nice day


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#3 posted 01-09-2010 08:57 PM

Jim, honestly I am tempted to sell my house and move there tomorrow. Of course if I did there would be a tsunami, so don’t worry, I’m only dreaming. You looked relaxed and like you are enjoying yourself. I hope this is the case. Thank very much for those photos. With -10 C here today, those pictures are very welcome. My shop is fully insulated to a very high standard, and heated too. Even with all that, it was cold out there today, and I was glad to be back in the house after finishing my project. Thanks for keeping us in mind during your holiday. Being from Alaska you probably think I am whining a lot. Well, yes I am. I didn’t move here to enjoy the cold!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 09:21 PM

i guess you are walking so much ,
trying to find a shop ?
sounds like you got the paradise bug bad ,
rest and relaxation is about the only cure i know .

enjoy !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 09:42 PM

Amazing, Jim. Enjoy your vacation!

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#6 posted 01-09-2010 09:44 PM

I wonder if palm trees would make a nice cutting board?
Have fun!

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 09:45 PM

I think I have seen that bird here before, in past years. Suspect he retired and moved to Maui….....(-:

Actually saw a whale out there jumping today, and tried to catch him with the camera, but he dove and later meandered away swimming just below the surface, you could see the spray when he came up for a breath. You could hear the splash when he landed in the water, whumph…........

Problem with living here is trying to afford decent realestate, especially with room for a shop. It is an expensive, yet chronically depressed state, financially. Tourism was down the last couple of years, and it is the major industry.

As I have mentioned before, my shop gets down to maybe 68F in the winter, without turning the heaters on, and that is a good shop temperature. That’s due to the furnaces, hot water heater, and the pipes. So I never turn on the heaters.

Weather Underground predicted clear weather and they were right. Clear with a high in the low 80’s is predicted through Wednesday. Check Kihei, Maui if you want the weather here Weather Underground Kihei, Maui&wuSelect=WEATHER

Will probably go to Buzz’s Wharf again today, maybe a fish sandwich, or a hamburger, or whatever. Then the girls are going shopping at the quilt stores, and sometimes they buy a tee shirt to where here, and I will walk the beach or read or whatever…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 10:30 PM

...........I am walking away from the shops (-: I hate shopping and make it well known, so my wife leaves me a home and the three girls go shopping… shucks (-:
Yes I do have the paradise bug, have been here about 25 times in total, perhaps more. It is a nice clean shot via air from Anchorage.

The place is truly amazing, this island which really isn’t very big has that 10000 ft (3055 meter) extinct volcano that dominates it. The Wikipedia site Haleakala National Park summarizes it pretty well.

Looking at your weather, hovering around freezing, I suspect this looks as good… it feels to me (-:
Have a great day, and I will post more about my vacation, (which is actually not exciting, mostly relaxing) as the days go on. As you can see, we are right on the ocean, and the ambiance as I am typing is the constant swhish and roar of the surf, the trade winds wafting through the condominium, the sun reflecting off the ocean shimmering in the open doors to the balcony, and the soft enveloping humidity and warmth…...........devine….....

Next time here I will pose with my LJ Shirt…...(-:

I don’t know if people use palm for anything, one of the other folk here could probably answer that. I read your story about planing a cutting board. I will remember that…...I would have made the same mistake….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 01-09-2010 11:21 PM

Great pics, great place enjoy all you can.

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#10 posted 01-09-2010 11:30 PM

Thanks for the pictures. It is as beautiful as I remember it. I have never been anyplace where the colors are more vivid and intense.


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

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#11 posted 01-09-2010 11:33 PM

Beautiful pictures, looks WONDERFUL Jim, Just so you know +9F this morning, but 68-70 in the shop not so bad.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 01-09-2010 11:46 PM

Hello Jim,

Thanks for the pictures and the report… My wife and I have been to Hawaii five times in the last five years and we’re planning our sixth trip now. We love Maui best of all, but anything in Hawaii is spectacular! I do not recognize the condo you’re staying in, what is the name? It reminds me of the condos that are near Sorentos on the Beach restaurant…

We have traditionally stayed in resorts whilst in Hawaii since we love to avail ourselves of their spa facilities. On Maui we usually stay at the Four Seasons (marked as “home” in our GPS), or in the Fairmont Kea Lani, both are in Wailea. Your photos bring back so many memories.. Breakfast at the Four Seasons Buffet (their Belgium waffles are to die for), lunch at the UlaPalaKua Ranch (best burgers on Maui, bar none) and dinner at Duo, or David Pauls Lahina Grill (best seafood on Maui) and desert (chocolate souffle) at Roy’s with a nightcap…

Then, get up the next day and get a 80 minute Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi massage at the Four Seasons Spa and head out to the UpCountry where we love to trek around and look for our retirement home. There are so many great places in Maui that we have decided to retire there in a few years. Keep the reports and pictures coming and have a great time! Take care and all the best to you and yours!

Steve Russell
Eurowood Werks Studio
The Woodlands, Texas

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 01-10-2010 01:32 AM

Yup, having a good time, it’s not very hard to do.

I knew some of you would have been to Hawaii, perhaps many times and it brings back good memories.

You know, one of the problems when we stay at places like this is you can’t take your hobbies, at least not completely. And it doesn’t look like we will be able to leave Alaska ever as a permanent home, too many family needs and attachments. Although we entertain buying a vacation place, but usually the economics are wrong.

So we rent and enjoy….........

We like the upcountry as well, in fact we inquired with a realtor about it just yesterday, but it will probably never be, too many ties to Alaska, and obligations. It would have to be a second home, and we have too much in real estate as it is. We usually eat dinners in, and have to adjust our lunch style to Sherie’s handicapped daughter, who is usually with us, along with Sherie’s mother.

Haven’t frequented the places in Wailea, although we hear lots of good things. My wife says Four Seasons is her new favorite in hotels, we stayed 3 days in the Singapore 4S last spring, and 4 days in the Cairo 4S, capping off 4 weeks of back to back cruises. Special event. We normally enjoy having other family members with us, and tone it down a little.

This is Kanai a Nalu, near the aquarium, in a row of condo buildings there. It has a good combination of elements for us, and we really don’t like hotels much. Tend to stay in bed and breakfast places, small inns, etc. Thanks for the comments, hope you find your dream place in the upcountry, it sounded to us like it would take a lot of looking….............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 01-10-2010 08:57 AM

Have a nice time Jim.
And please sens us about 80 or so degrees…...

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#15 posted 01-10-2010 09:45 PM

I would also like to take 80 degrees home with me. Just got back from fast walking, have to do that early in the morning. Well, have to relinquish the computer to my wife for a while….........back later….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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