Now that our vacation here is drawing to a close (we fly back to Portland on Sunday), I'm feeling so relaxed and happy, ready to go visit my family for the next week, and so looking forward to getting back to Portland and building a home with Matt at our sweet little house. I can't tell you how excited I am by it- it's small, but the yard and garden more than make up for it. Just for a preview, the backyard alone sports rhubarb, two established strawberry patches, a healthy tangle of raspberries, an apple tree, and two Asian pear trees! Not to mention massive bushes of mint and rosemary, lots of rose bushes (this is Portland, after all) and so much space for so many delicious vegetables. I can't wait to get in there and get my hands in dirt again.
I have lots of ideas for my blog (you'll notice the new bright look, as I've been tooling around with the layout and design settings) that I hope to get rolling once I'm settled back in Portland in the middle of the month. Until then I'll probably be out of the loop again, enjoying a second vacation up in the woods of my childhood, catching up with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law next week. I plan to soak it up and enjoy it all as much as possible, but am very excited to set up housekeeping again once we move into our little bungalow.
Until next time, here's a few photos of our time here on Maui, where I very much hope to return someday.
Soaking wet from the Kakalele Blowhole on the northwest coast.
Me and Jessa at the ruins of an ancient 3-acre Heiau, or temple, on the Hana Highway.
That's me snorkeling with a massive sea turtle at Black Rock on Ka'anapali Beach!
With my sweetie at breakfast in Lahaina on our first day here.