Yesterday was another beautiful day in paradise. Why not take a road trip?? We loaded the car, and set out for an adventure in the upcountry of Maui. High in the hills where the thick grass is lush, and the clouds are hanging just to the edge of the mountain. The temperature is cooler, but not enough for a jacket, and life looks simpler up there.
Our next stop was the Alii' lavender farm. It sits high on a hill and overlooks the ocean below. A little foggy today, so the views weren't as crisp as the last time we visited, but Mr. Mark got his lavender tea and scone, and the ladies loved walking the gardens to see what is blooming. Still a little early for much of it to be in full bloom, but there were little wonders here and there. I do love how delicate the orchids are and how they grow virtually wild. And I'm so fond of the protea. So much so that I had to send a bouquet to Lucy for her birthday. They are an amazing flower, and we saw many bouquets that were different ages, and it's wonderful how long they last and how their color holds up.
We moved our crazy group down the road and visited the Maui winery. We do enjoy the Maui blanc made from pineapple grown on the island. It will be nice with some fresh fish. We met an interesting woman who was serving us, and she told us of all the strides the island is making in becoming more sustainable. They now grow their own pineapple instead of using frozen concentrate, and Maui has their own line of cattle. No drugs, no hormones, no antibiotics, and for the cows, their last 30 days are spent enjoying the sweet pineapple just for them. I like to think their final 30 days are happy ones, as who doesn't like pineapple? Now we want to find some local beef and try it out.
Our final stop was the Surfing Goat. It's a goat farm where they make many goat products. Soaps, cheese, and lotions. We admired the baby goats, some who were only one day old. They had just had their horns removed, and ears tattooed. Such sweet little creatures, and loved being petted. Their heads looked sore, but the owner assured me removing the horns didn't bother them, but they were less than thrilled with the ear tattoo. We enjoyed a sampler of six different goat cheeses with crackers and took two home for later use.
We made it home in time to see a whale so close to the house. With screams and gathering of cameras we bolted outside, only to find a boat had seen what we saw. The boat in it's eagerness to see "our whale" motored over and we were unable to find him again, until he surfaced quite a ways away. Darn tourists. :-)