Hawaii, Here I Come
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By etrigan - Last updated: Monday, August 4, 2003 - Save & Share - 2 Comments

A friend is getting married in Hawaii (Maui) in mid-January and Becky and I are (financially and emotionally) committed to go. We got a great deal on a combo deal of a flight and 6 nights at the “Outrigger Maui Eldorado”:http://www.outrigger.com/hotels_detail.aspx?hotel=27 for about $1000/each. Unfortunately, I am a little too excited about it all. It is five months away and I am already digging through “Fodor’s”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400010322/rollecomthewebsi and “Lonely Planet”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1740591429/rollecomthewebsi trying to maximize my experience without wearing myself out before the flight back.

“Horseback riding”:http://www.mauiscuba.net/new/horseback.html and “whale watching”:http://www.southpacifickayaks.com/kayak.html#WW are at the top of the list. I keep hearing that the best way to whale watch, though, is via kayak. I am not real comfortable with my endurance level, vis-a-vis paddling into the ocean and back. I’d love to hear anyone’s advice on other recreational activities we should try, or doing the aforementioned recreational activities correctly. (Be sure to include your ridicule of me being out-of-shape and the liklihood of me getting in shape before we get to HI.)

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2 Responses to “Hawaii, Here I Come”

Comment from jank
Time August 4, 2003 at 4:46 pm

Sea Kayaking is not high intensity by any means. I’d jump at the chance, but re-read my story about kayaking with dolphins. Having done the whale watching thing from a decent sized boat in Maine and being awed by the sheer mass of a humpback – whew, it’s got to be extremely intense from a kayak.

Honestly, though, as long as you’re not planning to spend a bunch of time in breaking surf, or do lots of miles. The description (2.5 miles in 2.5 hours of paddling) is extremely low intensity. Without breaking too much of a sweat, I can make about 4 knots over ground in my boat. Go down to Town Lake and rent a kayak if you’re interested in gauging the effort it’s going to take. I’d volunteer my boat, but I’ve got to patch a hole in the hull.

Comment from Rick
Time August 5, 2003 at 10:21 pm

Maui was wonderful. Go to clubphoto.com (thanks for the recommendation) and put in my Dell address to see our pics. As for whale watching, we spotted one for a half a second (the season was basically over) and it was really incredible. Personally, as a not very in-shape person myself, I’d elect to fork over the dough and pay a pro to get me in the right spot and supply me with beer. But that’s just me. Being in a kayak sounds like work and a little dangerous. :-)

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