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Back On The Mainland: A Maui Fakecation Update

I’m back from Maui and if there’s anything I learned, it’s that fakecations aren’t exactly as conducive to relaxation as I originally hoped!  In between laying by the pool and drinking mai tais, I caught myself fretting about work and — gasp — checking work emails way more often than I really should have been.  I need to do a better job of “turning off” work next time.

Thankfully, the fakecation wasn’t a complete lost.  Mr. T and I managed to visit get some sun, snorkel with sea turtles, and bike down Haleakala volcano – just to name a few of the memorable things we did on Maui.  We also did day trips to Lanai and Molokai, which means that I’ve now been to all the major islands with the exception of Niihau (if Niihau is anything like Lanai, I’m not missing much).  At some point, I’ll do a write up of all the Hawaiian islands and which I recommend for what… but until then I have to admit that we loved the mule ride we took down the cliffs in Molokai for the uh-mazing scenery!

We rode down the cliffs to Kalaupapa in the distance:

Can you spot the 26 switchbacks along the cliff?

This was such a gorgeous spot to have a picnic lunch after the ride:

Time to head back up:

That day trip to Molokai totally made up for the lack of things to do in Lanai.  If you’re curious about Lanai, here’s what most of it looks like:

Not exactly your idea of a Hawaiian vacation, right?  I’m probably doing Lanai an injustice, but there just wasn’t much to do there unless you’re into golf, hunting, or staying within the confines of the Four Seasons (which they have two of).

Anyway, I’m back from Maui, somewhat refreshed, nicely tanned, and thrown immediately into the turmoil at work (do you have an aspirin to spare?).  Sometimes it makes me wonder if the vacation fakecation was worth it, but despite all that… it’s always worth it!  It keeps me sane.

Here are just a few more pics from Maui – all taken along Kaanapali Beach:

Have a great week!

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Tiffany - October 12, 2012 - 9:14 pm

these shots are stunning, each one is like a postcard! I’ve never gone on a fakecation before but I guess you’d have to travel further away from home to completely relax =P

Just Wanderlust - October 15, 2012 - 9:28 pm

Thanks, Tiffany! I think I just needed to turn off my cell phone to relax more. Sometimes I feel like my own cell holds me hostage. LOL.

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