Hello Friends and Family,

Maui on my Mind, Part 31

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You normally think of Morning Glories as being a temperate zone plant — but obviously, they are doing well in the Hawaiian semi-tropical climate along the Kapalua Coastline Trail. Lucky us.

Here is a lovely, sweet-smelling bouquet of Plumeria blossoms. This is one reason that people here say "Maui no ka oi" ("Maui is the best"). Hard to argue with that sentiment.

Another bunch of Plumeria blossoms to make your morning walk the best in the world.

As we get to the point on the trail where it crosses a small access road, we can see some of the units in the Bay Villas complex. Not a bad spot to relax and let the world drift by.

After crossing that small access road, we are on a small peninsula of land that is totally undeveloped by humans. Shorebirds has made this their nesting area and it is protected by law — even to the point where dogs are forbidden on this track. It also offers another beautiful view of Moloka‘i.

A tiny bit further along the trail, the vegetation disappears, replaced by lava rocks. Be careful as you walk (or run) along this section — the rocks will sometimes grab your foot and make you take a fall. This is the voice of experience here — do be careful.

But turn your head (as you watch your feet) to enjoy the view of Ironwood Beach with the Ironwood homes sitting majestically above the beach. That smooth area in the center of the photos is actually the 5th hole of the Bay Course. The tee box is just to the left on the other side of that small cove. Yes, you have to hit your tee shot over the water to that landing spot — which is easier said than done. Pick one more club than you think you need due to the winds down here.

I spotted this young couple standing on the rocks just above the surging ocean. To me they look like amateurs — probably their first time visiting Maui and the Coastal Trail and not as careful of the dangerous mix of slippery rocks and pounding waves.

After I walked a few steps more, I looked back and saw that they had gotten into a more precarious spot. The waves hitting the rocks just below them originate way out at sea and carry lots of momentum. When they hit the rocks, the bigger waves can be felt more then heard. Someone falling (or jumping) at this point probably is going to need assistance getting out — it is not an exaggeration to say it could be a matter of life or death.

Waves here (just a few paces from the previous spot) endure the same vicious waves but they dissipate the force of the waves over a wider area. I still recommend keeping a safe distance.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com