*Warning* Some of you on the mainland who are currently experiencing massive snowstorms may hate me for this post. Sorry!
Neighbor island trips are cool. I used to go all the time for work... literally, get up in the morning, fly to Kauai for work, and fly home that night. Sometimes I did 2-day trips to the Big Island or to Maui... always taking my running shoes and swim stuff. I know where all the good pools are in Hilo, Kona, and Maui. ;) It was such a great break when I did the two-day trips!
Anyway, since I've been laid off, I don't go anymore. And I miss it. Lamenting this to Scott, he suggested we plan a trip. For whatever reason, he doesn't share my fear of flying with Moana. Although it's not really Moana I'm afraid to fly with. She's proven herself capable of being out in public without screaming her head off. It's all her stuff. There's so much stuff that has to go along with just taking her to hang at the park for the afternoon... let alone on a weekend away. The thought of hauling all that through the airport and onto a plane completely overwhelms me. Car seat, stroller, diapers, wipes, Baby Bjorn, clothes, burp cloths, blankets, bottles, pump... it's enough to leave us housebound until she's in college.
Less overwhelming is the thought of taking the Superferry.
We can drive our car onto the Superferry. That's right. Pack all that stuff in the car and then just drive the car onto the boat. That sounds more like it.
Since the Superferry only goes to Maui right now, our decision regarding which island to go to was easy. We're goin' to Maui.
Next, all you runners know what I did... I immediately went searching online for a race or something to do in Maui. A HA! I find that there's a 1/2 Marathon on January 25. The Maui Oceanfront Marathon (and half)
Me (to my unsuspecting husband): How about the weekend of January 25th for Maui?
My easy-going husband: Sure.
Cool. Now I have a goal! I can train for a half marathon in 5 weeks. I'm up to 10 miles already for a long run so I'm sure I'll be able to finish the half. Not that I'd expect a PR or anything close, but you gotta start somewhere, right? So I sent my entry in, we bought the Superferry tickets, and booked a hotel room in Lahaina.
And now I have a real reason to keep up the 10 mile runs. In other good news, I've got a couple of friends who are doing the full marathon over there, so it'll be cool to be at the finish line cheering them on!
Lucky we live Hawaii and we can do cool stuff like this. Winter is whale season around here so hopefully we'll see some whales on our way over. I keep telling Moana how lucky she is...