Our day started out just like any other Christmas day. Except we were in a hotel room. In Hawaii.
We had only brought a few gifts for Declan, and he understood that Santa was making a minor drop there in Maui, and the rest of his presents would be waiting for him back in Denver.
But not to worry. He got the one thing he REALLY wanted. The one thing he had been asking for over and over again. And over.
And here is the gratuitous “Aimee and Danielle With Drinks in Their Hands” photo. Please, all my family members, do not fret. I do not have a drinking problem. I have a “Here, Take A Photo of Me While I Am Drinking” problem.
And then we headed into Lahaina for our whale watching excursion with the Pacific Whale Foundation. Declan promptly declared he was feeling sick, and tired, and fell asleep on the cushions below. For the entire trip. The kid did not see one whale. And him being below limited Bryan’s whale sitings too – so he definitely gets the Good Dad Award for the day.
But the rest of us? We saw two ginormous whales playing with a dozen dolphins for about a half hour. And not just one kind of dolphins, – but two. The bottlenose dolphin we are used to but also the spinner dolphin – which leaps into the air… and well, spins. Our guide said that she had never, ever, seen whales frolicking with that many dolphins before.
I made an animated gif of all my pics (below) and pulled out some of the really good ones separately so you could see them more closeup. It was seriously beyond cool.[click any image for a larger version]
Another cool thing that the guides did was stop the boat and put an aquatic microphone into the water, so we could hear the whales singing to each other. They also told us about a website, WhaleSong.net – where you can hear whales from Maui singing.
And then we headed back to shore, over rough seas, and we all tried to hold on to our lunch. Not everyone aboard accomplished that feat.
Of course, Declan woke up about 5 minutes before we docked – refreshed and ready to take on the world.
We went out for a special Christmas dinner to IO’s. And I have to say, this was the only meal we were disappointed with during the whole trip. Well, it was pretty good. But not worth the $460 tab, that’s for sure. Obviously they had inflated their prices for Christmas, and the service was lacking, but who really wants to work on Christmas anyway? – so we sucked it up and enjoyed the ocean breeze, and the company, and figured, what the heck? It was better than room service. But seriously – four. hundred. and. sixty. dollars – not. including. tip. And one of us was 5 years old.
And alas, tomorrow is my last recap.
What will I write about THEN?