Our bungalow is nestled up-country in a tropical jungle. It’s surrounded by birds of paradise, ginger, ti leaves and there’s even a rainbow eucalyptus on the property. Every morning, late afternoon and early evening it rains. When on the islands, they refer to this type of rain as a blessing. Depending on the season, it may rain all day. Now it is 7:30 in the morning. The temp is hovering in the high 60’s. After the morning shower passed, the sun will play peek-a-boo throughout the day.
I’m going to state the obvious; Jungles are lush and green because it rains. And, rainbows are seen when the sun is behind you and the rain is in front. We’ve captured rainbows every day. Maybe this is why they refer to rain showers in Hawaii as blessings. Beauty is always being created right before your eyes.
Outside our window there are a pair of chatting Myna birds telling us it’s time to get up. The photos in this link are far better than what I’m able to capture. We are all moving slowly this morning.
When we are at home, I’m always telling Jess to hurry. Unfortunately, she comes from a long line of dawdlers, so I do understand, but it doesn’t mean I don’t try to get her to move a little faster.
Now the tables have turned. Jess is the one in a hurry. She wants to get on with the day. When we load up the car, she doesn’t know where we are going, but she wants to get there. The drive is just as rewarding as the destination. When on the road, there has been so much to see, she hasn’t been chatty. She’s been holding off her conversations for the drive home. Even so, her Talker has sand in all the corners. Hopefully the iAdapter case will keep it protected.
Kihei tends to be windy so we drove to Lahaina side. The ocean was deep blue and dotted with white caps till we passed the sea wall. As we approached the Olowalu General Store, the water was much more inviting, but we kept going. Our destination was Baby Beach in Lahaina. We found primo parking with only a few short steps to the waters edge. The harbor is off in the distance to our left and islands Lanai and Molokai are directly in front of us.
We sat in the sand for quite some time taking everything in. I was thinking this was crazy. We didn’t fly 4,888 miles to be shore birds. I grabbed Jess’s feet and dragged her into the water. She didn’t help me, but she didn’t protest either. My thought process was If she were my neuro-typical 24 year old daughter, I’d do the same thing! There are times you have to make people get out of their comfort zones!
The water was flat, clear, deliciously warm and shallow enough to sit. The waves gently lap the shore. As safe as it is, I’m teaching Jess that one never turns their back on the ocean. Will have to go to another beach or the windward side so she can watch the sets and get a feel for the rhythm of the waves. Our east coast summer tans have long since faded. We are what I call shark bait white. Even with sunscreen slathered on, I don’t dare stay in mid-day sun for more than an hour. We’re still getting plenty of sun while walking around, or in the car for that matter.
On the drive home, we were greeted by another rainbow. Sure enough, this meant we would be driving into the rain.
By the time we returned, the sand had dried and was easy to dust off before going into the bungalo. Housekeeping (mahalo Kathy) had been here! After we washed the sand off, we started to head up to the main house, but had to wait for the shower to pass.
Jess is telling me to hurry. It’s time to go… she just said on her Talker “I love you”
just another day in paradise…