Thursday, September 12, 2013

Maui 2013: Day 4 - Sailing

Well, it's not far down to paradise, at least it's not for me
And if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquility
Oh, the canvas can do miracles, just you wait and see
Believe me

Sailing takes me away to where I've always heard it could be
Just a dream and the wind to carry me
And soon I will be free

Christopher Cross

Please forgive me for quoting Christopher Cross circa 1980, but the song is perfect and says a lot about what the water, and in particular, what the waters off Maui mean to Brian and I.

No trip to Maui would be complete without a sail aboard the Scotch Mist II at sunset, complete with cheap champagne and chocolate covered macadamia nuts, which to just about perfect!

We headed into Lahaina Town, had a cocktail at Lahaina Coolers (checked in with our local friends) and then lunch at a cute little place located down Front Street at 505 called Betty's Beach Cafe.

Having a beer at Betty's

After lunch we walked back to Banyan Tree Park and took a quick tour of the Old Lahaina Courthouse and jail (the jail now holds art for sale).  

The Banyan Tree

The banyan tree was planted in 1873 and marked the 50th anniversary of Christian missionary work in Maui.  The tree was only 8 feet tall and was imported from India.  It now stands over 60 feet tall, has 12 major trunks, shades 2/3 of an acre and stretches out over a 200 foot area.

The Scotch Mist II sails from slip #2 and we recognized the captain, Turk along with the boat owner Gene who also sailed with the 12 of us, and two more crew members (Amarosa and Beth).  We pulled out of the harbor at 5PM (sunset is around 6:40) and the sail lasts 2 hours. 

It's a wonderful adventure, but it goes by too quickly!  It's one of the highlights of every trip and at $49 per person, a real bargain considering the champagne, chocolates and the views you can find no where but out on the water!

No other place gives you the true feeling of Maui then being out of the water, feeling the trade winds on your face and seeing the green splendor of the West Maui Mountains.

We left the boat at 7PM and it was the flip of a coin for dinner, although I could have walked the streets of Lahaina all night and would still have 25 places on my list.

In the end, our bellies said PASTA, and no one does pasta better in Lahaina then Penne Pasta (which is conveniently located right next door to Lahaina Coolers).

I dreamt that night about sailing away with Brian...the wind at our backs, the sun on our faces and the Lady of Lahaina smiling down on us.