Adventures

Our Maui Top 10 List

When it comes to Maui, I probably would have been completely satisfied spending the week on the beach or poolside reading, but after that long plane ride it seemed only right to do a little exploring.

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My husband helped me come up with our 10 favorite experiences in Maui. Yes, three of them involve food. No judgment, please. Full disclosure: The list originally featured four food-related faves.

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10: Hike at ‘Iao Valley State Park. This hike is beautiful and since our bodies were still on Mountain Time and we were up before dawn, we had the trail all to ourselves.

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9: Fish tacos at The Fish Market, Lahaina. I had the most amazing grilled fish tacos served in a basket with macaroni salad. Casual. Quick. Divine.

8: Trivia night at The Pour House. For two nerds who haven’t missed an episode of Jeopardy since we started dating (even counting the nights our two daughters were born), we jumped at the opportunity to play trivia on the island. We ended up winning a $20 bar tab and were embarrassingly proud of our efforts.

7: Hawaiian sweet bread at The Banyan Tree. This stuff. I can’t even explain how delicious.

6: Pools at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua. We stayed at the villas near the Ritz-Carlton, but our villa had an agreement with them for guests to use the pool. There is a wonderful kids’ area our daughters would have adored, and an adults-only area where we could read in pure peace. The pools overlook the ocean, which is a plus.

5: Spa day and couples’ massage at The Grand Waleia. Our flight home didn’t leave until 9:30 p.m., which left us one last day to soak in some relaxation. This spa is absolutely amazing. We spent the afternoon in the sauna, steam room, and healing pools, then got a couples’ massage. The only thing left to do was have a glass of wine at the airport and completely zonk out for the long overnight flight home.

4: Twin Falls hike. The waterfalls on this hike are stunning exactly the kind of thing I imagined I’d see in Maui and they didn’t disappoint. I was also intrigued by the amazing flowers on this hike. Many were like nothing I had ever seen before.

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3: Sushi at Sansei. We are both sushi fans and agreed this was the best we’d ever had. The service was also excellent. Make a reservation. We tried to get a table our first night in Maui and had to make a reservation for the next night.

2: Whale watching with Ultimate Whale Watch. Our small boat made it easy to get close to the whales. We saw at least a dozen whales breaching, slapping the water, and even swimming right under our boat! We went on the 4 p.m. tour, which meant we caught a stunning Maui sunset during the ride. Our captain and the marine biologist onboard were knowledgeable and clearly very excited about their jobs.

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1: Helicopter ride with Sunshine Helicopters. I was a little apprehensive about getting on a helicopter for the first time, but just moments into the ride I experienced complete relaxation as we flew over the Maui countryside. This is truly the best way to see the island and worth every penny.

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My Top 10 List: Metallica Songs

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10: Orion: Cool and instrumental.

9: Hit the Lights: Heavy, grainy. This is what people want when they ask for the “old stuff.”

8: Sanitarium: Perfect mix of a soothing, yet creepy intro, and James’ lovely voice.

7: For Whom the Bell Tolls: I genuinely like this song but also like that it has a literary connection.

6: Harvester of Sorrow: This is one that could pump you up for something big- like a big sporting event or childbirth (see number 1.)

5: Blackened: Maybe just because of the killer pyrotechnics when I saw this live.

4: Disposable Heroes: Not a well-known song and almost 8-minutes long but powerful in the same way as One is.

3: Fade to Black: Also stellar live.

2: One: One of their most popular songs and for good reason. Powerful social commentary.

1: Seek and Destroy: Most Metallica lists (and I have read many, many Metallica lists) put One in the number one spot. I had to veer away from that and I picked Seek because I love it. I listened to it right before I went to the hospital to be induced for childbirth. It just psyches you up!

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My Top 10 List: Golden Girls Episodes

I love lists (who doesn’t?) and have decided to feature some of my Top 10 lists here just for fun.

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Hilarious baby gift from a dear friend- yes that’s a onesie for my daughter with the Golden Girls on it

10: Not Another Monday (Season 5, Episode 7): The one where Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose sing “Mr. Sandman” to soothe a baby. Is it just me or does there seem to be a lot of episodes where the girls end up with a baby they think they might have to raise?

9: To Catch a Neighbor (Season 2, Episode 24): George Clooney guest stars in this episode where the girls assist law enforcement in spying on their neighbors’ shady behavior. Dorothy falls for the older FBI agent but plays hard-to-get.

8: Ladies of the Evening (Season 2, Episode 2): The girls are mistaken for prostitutes and miss out on seeing Burt Reynolds. Sophia: “I can’t believe it.” Dorothy: “Ma, we’re innocent!” Sophia: “I know that. I can’t believe these dumb cops thought people would pay money to sleep with you.”

7: Journey to the Center of Attention (Season 7, Episode 18): Blanche gets jealous when Dorothy grabs the guys’ attention at a local bar where Blanche usually sings. The scene where Blanche starts swinging the microphone and it gets away from her is comedy gold.

6: Rites of Spring (Season 7, Episode 14): This is a compilation episode that features situations during which the girls were trying to look their best. A highlight is when the girls are doing aerobics in their glitzy 1980s gear: “Charlie Horse!”

5: Guess Who’s Coming to the Wedding (Season 1, Episode 2): This show was strong right out of the gate. In this episode, Dorothy is furious when she realizes she must invite Stan to their daughter’s wedding (one of many weddings held at the girls’ house). Blanche teaches her an old sorority trick to deal with Stan- Dorothy is supposed to squeeze Blanche’s hand any time Stan frustrates her. Hilarity ensues when Dorothy is crushing Blanche’s hand and Blanche drops to the floor.

4: Yes, We have No Havanas (Season 4, Episode 1): Blanche and Sophia are fighting over the same man. Blanche: “I’m going to go take a hot, steamy bath, with only enough water to cover my bosom.” Sophia: “You’re only going to sit in an inch of water?”

3: One Flew Out of The Cuckoos Nest- Series Finale (Season 7, Episode 23): Probably the best series finale of all time despite it being really sad that the show has ended. The end scene where Dorothy can’t bear to say good-bye to Blanche, Rose, and Sophia so she keeps running back in the house and then runs in the back door: Genius.

2: There Goes the Bride 2 (Season 6, Episode 17): The girls are preparing for Dorothy’s wedding to Stan out on the lanai. In an attempt to scare off an enemy, Rose has installed a door bell feature that sounds like barking dogs when someone presses it.

1: Good-Bye Mr. Gordon (Season 7, Episode 15): Just hilarious. In this one, Rose is making a talk-show about “women who live together,” but things go awry when Blanche and Dorothy realize they have been portrayed as lesbians. They go along with it, though. Dorothy says: “I take out the trash.”