House of the Sun

If there is ever a time that I feel closest to God, it is in nature or with my family.  This is why spending quality time with my family outside is my euphoria.

One of my favorite places to watch the sunset on Maui is at the tippity-top of Haleakala.  We usually pack a picnic dinner and stuff the car with blankets and our warmest clothes for layering on the way up.haleakalaAbove the clouds, Haleakala boasts the most spectacular views on Maui.  You can see four surrounding islands, sometimes five, from the summit.

This time we were early enough to check out the crater before the sun set.  M thought it was pretty awesome that we have our very own dormant volcano.

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I had to share Little Man’s best dino face….

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It was fah-ree-zing!  My car thermometer dropped down to the 40s!!!  There was about a 30 degree change.  Thankfully it wasn’t too windy.  No chapped cheeks this time 🙂

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Aaahhhh! Those sunset lined clouds…Ooooh!

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As you can see, we weren’t the only ones with this great idea.  And a great idea, it was.
maksilvs…M posing with a Silversword (‘Ahinahina) in bloom.  Can you believe this lovely indigenous plant only blooms once in its life and then dies? It can live to be over 90 years old.

Visiting Haleakala is always well worth the trip.  I hope it isn’t too long before we are back.

If you want to check out Haleakala a little more click here.

Goats Who Surf

 

 

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Today, we took  a quick trip to lower Kula to visit Maui’s Surfing Goat Dairy.  I can’t believe it took me this long to go there.  I love their cheese!  The Surfing Goat cheese is widely used in many of the restaurants and hotels on Maui.

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The surfboard laden goat farm is a great place to take the kids to hang out with other kids. Heehee.  Get it?  Kids?

Surfing Goat Farm offers tours and other fun activities.  They also have a kitchen that can whip up a tasty treat made with goat milk products.  I hear they have a mean lilikoi cheesecake.  They even have a children’s play area.

Click here to check out their website.   The recipe section is especially exciting.  Yum.

I highly encourage you to give them a visit.

 

And I’ll leave you with this cheesy joke…

What do you call a goat with a beard?

Goatee.

October

One thing I absolutely miss the most about living on the mainland, besides the relationships, is fall. I miss the crisp air that gives you freshly flushed cheeks. I miss the gorgeous display of trees whose leaves have changed to amazing hues of orange. I miss wearing boots and jeans and a cozy sweater, all at the same time.

Here on Maui, I like to pretend.

After picking up a perfectly made, pumpkin spiced latte and having the right tunes on in my car….a drop in temperature with a trip to Kula always does the trick!
I’m so grateful for Maui’s one and only pumpkin patch at Kula Country Farms. It’s always a fun time for the whole family. The farm does a fantastic job at keeping everyone entertained. The view alone is astonishing. They also have a children’s garden, a corn maze, and farm animals. This year we went closer to the middle of the month to ensure prime pumpkin picking.

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Mahalo to Kula Country Farms! Every year just gets better and better….And I get my fall fix.

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