I just returned from a FABULOUS vacation in Maui. There are no words to describe the beauty there. The cerulean blue of the oceans against the white, fluffy sand... inspiration everywhere- colors, flowers, textures, feelings, and traditions. You can look forward to some amazing new jewelry.
We had so many great adventures- My husband and I both have March birthdays and decided to take our "special" trip during this time. We knew the humpback whales were around the island, having their babies and preparing for their migration back to colder waters. Leading up to our trip I had been having dreams about being close to the whales, seeing them by the hundreds, and watching them play in the ocean. I thought upon waking, "This will be the trip of a lifetime."
The first morning that we woke up on Maui, we drove to the water. It was a rainy day so we parked at the docks and stared at the water from the car. To my amazement, we were barely there for 10 minutes before a humpback jumped completely out of the water. It was unbelievable. I mean, really unbelievable. I had a wonderful, warm feeling that this experience had set the pace of the trip for us.
During our scuba dive, we heard the whales singing to each other under water. They sounded SO CLOSE that I was unable to focus on anything other than the deep blue, ignoring the gorgeous fish and coral to gaze into the deep- refusing to miss that moment when a Humpback would swim by. I was totally enchanted.
We could see the whales from our hotel, every day, breaching over and over and over in the distance. It got me thinking about the power required to achieve such a feat. The mothers would bring their calves right up to the rock wall, so close I felt I could touch them if I just reached out. The whales had me mentally and physically captivated by their daily routines.
That's not all- The whale watch was next... I wanted to be CLOSER. We watched them flirt and play, slapping their fins and tails on the water, lifting their enormous and beautiful faces above the surface for us to see. Amazing.
The best came at the end of our stay, when we were celebrating our birthdays with a dinner cruise. We put our drink orders in and gazed at the horizon. The captain announced a whale surfacing in the distance, and steered the boat to investigate. As we got closer we could see a mother and her calf, the calf jumping clear out of the water. I thought, "wow, how lucky are we? That was SO CLOSE!" Before my eyes, he jumped again, even closer to the boat this time. He jumped again, and again, and again, and again. For 30 minutes I watched a brand new baby whale celebrating life, happiness, and freedom. I could see the smile on his face. It was overwhelmingly beautiful.
Tears rolled down my cheeks as I realized my dreams had come true.