S: Maui Trip 2013
FC: MAUI WOWIE!
1: A TRIP TO | MAUI | __ | 2 | __ | 15 | 13 | Wailea Beach, HI
2: Welcome to Paradise | Carly and Sam enjoyed strumming their air guitars to Hawaiian music and practicing hula in the lobby lounge.
3: Carly loved practicing her waitressing skills at breakfast. She shared that they will come in handy when she is working at McDonald's. | Carly and Sam were not fans of the green seagrass smoothies! | Breakfast Time
5: S T A Y I N G | IN THE POOL | cool
6: SUNNY | P A R A D I S E | Carly and Sam loved riding Ally the Alligator around the keiki pool and down the slide. Meanwhile, Rory was busy slipping around on the tiled poolside and peacefully napping under the shade of a cabana. Mom and Dad had a few hours to slip away to the adults-only pool and do some celeb spotting.
8: for the day! | GRAND | WAILEA
9: One day we went to The Grand Wailea, a neighboring resort with lots of slides, pools, a lazy river, and a giant rope swing. Mom and Sam raced Katie and Carly around the whole water park. Mom and Sam were named the champions!
10: OUT IN THE DEEP | BLUE | sea | whale watching | After a tense drive to the unknown whale watching location and a questionable twenty minute park job with the gigantic rental truck, we made it. As members of the Pacific Whale Foundation, the Pence's were the first to board the boat and subsequently chose cheap seats in the back.
11: Fortunately, it turned out that seat choice did not matter and we saw at least 7 massive whales. The crew even dropped an underwater microphone, called a hydrophone, deep beneath the boat to listen to the whale songs. Dad feared that Rory or Sam would fall overboard while watching the magnificent creatures, but Mom held on tight and all three girls returned safely to shore.
12: Hanging out on the beach with the family- we couldn't ask for anything more! | Q: What type of whales did we see in Maui? A: Humpback Whales Q: Why do whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii? A: The humpbacks come to Hawaii for the shallow, warm water which is ideal for mating, giving birth, and teaching baby whales to swim. Q: How much does a baby humpback weigh? A: 3000 pounds Q: How long is a grown adult humpback? A: 45-55 feet long Q: How many humpbacks are living today? A: About 8000 Q: What is a group of whales called? A: a pod Q: Do whales need to breathe? A: Yes, humpbacks are mammals and like humans they need air. They take in air through their blowholes and can hold their breath underwater for about an hour. | Whale Facts
13: Carly spotted a rainbow
14: BREEZE | O C E A N
15: Dinner at Ferraro's under the setting Hawaiian sun
17: RAYS | CATCHING | WITH DAD
18: SAND | TOES IN THE | Come walk with me, along the sea Where dusk sits on the land And search with me, for shells are free And treasures hide in sand.
19: Sam scooping sandcones | Carly and Sam plotting when to bury Dad | Rory observing the ocean tide
21: ADVENTURE | S E A S I D E
22: SUN | A Break | F R O M T H E
24: Undies-brush-shorts monster: Carly's attempt to avoid napping | Torch Lighting Ceremony
25: Some Dinner Photos
27: Delicious dinner and beautiful beach photo ops at Mama's Fish House, followed by a very sleepy Rory -->
28: Carly's Photo Shoot
29: Dear Meredith, Tom, Carly, Samantha, and Rory, Thanks so much for inviting me to Maui! I loved seeing the island for the first time at such a beautiful resort, appreciate all the delicious meals and treasure the time I spent with the girls at the beach, pool, and beyond! Love, Katie