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Maui

Rick C
February 2nd, 2010, 10:42 PM
Went to Maui last week, ran the Oceanfront Marathon, a 26 mile/42 km run from Wailea to Lahaina along the Pacific, then spent a few more days lazing about.

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Above, a scene along the marathon route, a beautiful point-to-point jaunt. This was a tough race not because of the terrain but because of the temperature. It was already 70 F or 21 C when I stepped out of the car at 4:15 a.m. to catch a shuttle bus to the start line and 81 F or 27 C when I got back into the car at the end, so probably 85 or near 30 C on the pavement. Consequently, my time and, it seemed, everyone else's took a hit. Great experience though. Loved it.

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Above, next day, some cows eye me balefully as their bird friends take a powder. I was hiking up Waihee Ridge Trail, a 1,560 foot elevation gain over a round-trip of 8 km. My legs were pretty stiff from running the day before.

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Above, on the trail. I was first along here this morning and cleared all the spider webs out of the way. Maui has some awesome looking spiders.

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Higher, higher . . . .

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. . . . . still higher on a gorgeous trail. Miraculously free of rain too.

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The best place to be on the island at that moment.

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Above, a young boy jealously watches a family frolicking in the waves.

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Above, a young woman watches a sunset in the old whaling town of Lahaina.

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Above, on the road to Hana at sunrise. With 600 curves in only 42 miles and frequently reduced to one lane, you want to be on this road before anyone else lest your road rage drive you insane. And it's prettier earlier in the day anyway.

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Above, the small village of Hana, hard to get to, with 10,000 foot Haleakala in the background. Again, a clear day. This is a very rainy place.

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Above, driving through cattle/horse country the other side of Hana. In a quiet, obscure, virtually invisible churchyard down this road is buried Charles Lindbergh, famous aviator and the first to fly the Atlantic.

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Above, catching the big surf of Ho'okipa . . . .

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Above, on top of Haleakala. I hiked down into the crater where it was foggy and raining even as this picture shows clear skies. Hiking down from 10,000 feet comes with a price, you have to hike back up to 10,000 feet. The astronomical facilities in the background benefit from the fourth clearest skies on the planet.

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Above, a humpback whale calf leaps into a Maui sunset. The calf is strengthening it's tail for the long voyage to Alaska yet to come while also practicing a technique for encircling schools of fish. Surprisingly, there is nothing to eat for whales in Hawaiian waters and they can go six months without food. They are here to mate and calve.

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Above, in the moment on Maui.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

luckypenny
February 2nd, 2010, 10:51 PM
Rick, if you ever need a volunteer to...I don't know...hold your water bottle while you run...or carry your cameras while you travel....I'm game :D.

What stunning photos :cloud9:!

jaylow51
February 3rd, 2010, 12:13 AM
I agree, you hold the water bottle & I'll hold the camera ! Have always wanted to go there. Awesome pictures ! Helps aleviate those "winter blahs".

growler~GateKeeper
February 3rd, 2010, 01:57 AM
Next time you can bring me along for moral support :D

Gorgeous place :cloud9: awesome photos :thumbs up

hazelrunpack
February 3rd, 2010, 07:13 PM
Gorgeous scenery, Rick! I'm a cold-weather kinda gal, but I do enjoy looking at pics of balmy places! :D

Rick C
February 5th, 2010, 09:27 PM
A few more if you like them . . . . .

Below, Little Beach, along Kihei side, also along the marathon route but this part was in total darkness when we were passing. In fact, the marathon route ended up in Lahaina, which is on the far edge of the other land mass in the distance. A long way to run.

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Below, Hamoa Bay, along the Hana side of the island. . . . . road trippin'

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Taro fields on the Kaenae peninsula, on the road to Hana

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Below, Ka'anapali Beach, out front of my hotel, which I believe was named the best beach in the world in 2005.

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Below, boogie boarding in dangerous surf of Big Beach, between Wailea and Makena.

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Below, also along the marathon route, early morning with "Vog" visible. Like a light forest fire fog in Canada, Vog is a combination of volcanic venting and local air pollution haze that was plaguing the islands at the time. This is a primo whale watching spot too. Apparently it was bad for marathoners too. Maui is normally greener this time of year but it was unseasonably dry in this spot.

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Below, even a cloudy day on Maui is better than most places. Big Beach. The island of Lanai is the land mass across the way.

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Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
February 6th, 2010, 12:06 AM
Gorgeous! :cloud9:

Was that your first marathon in Hawaii?

Rick C
February 6th, 2010, 12:52 PM
Gorgeous! :cloud9:

Was that your first marathon in Hawaii?

First marathon in Hawaii and third marathon overall. I ran one when I was 35 in Edmonton and now I'm 51. I think we'll be going to LA in later March to try the LA Marathon and I might find a few others this year.

I've run tons of half marathons, including Amsterdam and Big Sur, but I'm still learning how to run this new distance, so far struggling a little to figure out pace, hydration, food, etc. Trial and error and near death.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

growler~GateKeeper
February 6th, 2010, 10:53 PM
Congrats on your 3rd marathon then! I'm sure you'll have it all sorted out fairly soon :)

Vanc has a marathon every year :whistle:, you're not that far away ~ pack up the grrls :lovestruck: :lovestruck: & head out this way :D

Dee-O-Gee
February 6th, 2010, 11:44 PM
:cry: :yell: I miss the warmth and am jealous!

Beautiful pictures and congratulations on the 3rd marathon. Good luck with the 4th one in LA! :thumbs up