I guess the current fad with outdoor weddings is going over the top with rose petals. And the wedding organizers are leaving the petals in place afterward for everyone else to appreciate. They are naturally biodegradable after all.
We got to celebrate Evelyn's birthday yesterday with a day full of adventures.
After an early morning ferry trip across the channel, we had fun combating big waves and white water in a swim out to Sweetheart Rock off Lanai. Then came the big lunch spread followed by gifts and ono desserts. Once back on Maui, we hit Lahaina - hard.
This is our newest favorite little restaurant in South Maui. Even though it is the middle of a generally unsightly light industrial district, we somehow get the feel of being in a tropical jungle each time we go there.
Plus the food is good.
I met two ladies from the Maui Nui Seabird Recovery Project ( http://www.mauinuiseabirds.org/ ) doing their twice-a-week survey of Kihei's Wedge-Tailed Shearwater nesting area.
They would insert this fiber optic viewing device into each of the birds' burrows and then record how many baby birds were in each underground nest. Please do not let my doctor see this contraption; I know she'll want one and I do NOT want to go in for a colonoscopy and find her holding one.
Tomorrow, they said, they will be taping gps tags onto the adult birds' backs to discover where they like to go to eat each day. Me? I am partial to Cafe O'Lei, but we will have to wait for the results to see where they like to go.
These little fishies were swimming back and forth in the tidal surge along the shore this morning. But it won't be for much longer because I saw the fishing boats out the past few days and they'll be harvesting all these guys for fertilizer.
Up until a couple of weeks ago I would have thought this motor boat which zoomed by this morning was big. Not any more.
This dingy is less than half the size of the boat which anchored off our house two weeks ago and recently sold for around $25 million (click HERE for listing), compared to the $300 million that "A" was built for. Still, it's kind of fun seeing something bigger than a kayak in our waters.
Below is a snapshot I took from our lanai this morning of the setting moon.
This morning's fun group was small, but greatly entertaining. We watched with smiles as the serious swimmers zoomed by us both going and coming, and were glad that we did not miss all of the interesting people and critters along the way.
In fact when we encountered a swimmer out in the ocean who had become separated from her pod, she showed us how to do a butterfly chain stack. I love learning new things.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com