Friday, January 15, 2010

4926 Miles Traveled

January 15, 2010
Maui, Hawaii
Warm, few clouds

Our first day in Maui was awesome. This morning I woke up to the sound of a bird singing “bottle-of-pop! bottle-of-pop!”and Becky (who I’m sharing a room with) saying “Caitlin! Let’s go to the beach!” I slammed down a bowl of cereal and threw on my bathing suit and ran out the door, across the street, and onto the beach. The water is a beautiful teal, and there were a handful of people surfing the huugeee waves. Becky and I ran about waist deep into the warm water, and shared a sigh of relief to be away from Alaska. Not so far in the distance, a humpback whale showed us his tail before diving deep.
We met up for class, and then most of the day was spent snorkeling in the cool, warm water. Turtles, eels, parrot fish, clown fish, and a gigantic brown sea slug swam with us. Becky got some great underwater shots. On our way to the snorkel site, we passed huge fields of sugar cane and got a good look at the mountain we’ll be climbing later in the week.
Our condo was in charge of dinner tonight, and Matt, Nate, and I threw together enough spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli with a homemade cheese sauce, and homemade garlic bread for twenty-two people. At seven, everyone filtered in and scarfed down the piles of food as they occupied every available surface in our shoebox condo. Compliments (of course) all around, and they filed out as quickly as they came.
Now the six of us plus Anh are sitting in our living room, celebrating the island life with spiced rum and mango juice. I learn so much more outside of the classroom!

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