Maui to the Big Island: Thursday, December 10, 2009

Our last few hours in Maui were spent on the beach for a quick dip then after checking out we drove to Lahaina Town for one more Maui meal. We ended up at Cheeseburger in Paradise and enjoyed a couple of Kobe Beef Burgers and fries. Terry also had some of the local beer (Longboard from Kona Brewing Company) and I had a fresh pineapple smoothie with rum. When we left we were stuffed!

We made it to the airport with a little time to spare. We finally got to return our god-forsaken rental car. Yay! A short airport transfer from Maui to the Big Island and upon our arrival we picked out a nice red Mustang convertible for the rest of our stay here. On top of my sister’s generous employee discount at Enterprise, the convertible ended up being the same price as a mid-size, so why not?

We hopped in the sporty little coupe (top down of course!) and sped to our hotel, the Fairmont Orchid. On the way, Terry remarked about how the lava rocks along the land looked like big piles of poop. The jagged brown boulders lined the highway for as far as we could see – well, at least up until where we were able to see the volcano mountains in the distance. I pointed out to Terry how people like to take white rocks and arrange them to make messages along the roadside.

It was only about a half hour drive to the hotel, and even though the rental car shuttle driver got the directions wrong, I remembered enough about it to get us there OK. We were greeted with kukui nut leis and shown to our room. I know a few people at the hotel, and they upgraded us to a beautiful suite on the Gold Level. After a quick unpacking, we gobbled up some pupus in the Gold lounge, went down to the pool and had a little dip in the “hidden” Jacuzzi under the stars. The evening ended beautifully with a glass of Pinot Noir on the lanai.

The view from our room at the Fairmont Orchid.

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