Almost two weeks in Maui…Sharks…Hurricane…Lava….Farmer’s Market visit…

This smoothie truck was certainly eye-catching as we drove up to the Farmer’s Market.

Tomorrow will be two weeks since we arrived in Maui. There’s been more excitement here than since we lived in Marloth Park when the adventures occurred daily.

Surfers and swimmers on the beach near the Farmer’s Market.

Don’t get me wrong. We find quiet, uneventful times relatively pleasing. And, of course, we pray for the safety and well-being of everyone in all of these situations. 

Another beach view along Highway 30.

It’s hard to believe that in four weeks and four days we’re moving to the Big Island, possibly close to the lava flow to see a major geological event in the making.

A park at the beach on Honoapiilani Highway.

We never bargained for this. Perhaps, if we think long term for us and for our family, we can all feel at ease knowing that in a small way, Mount Kilauea had an impact on our lives, whether we ultimately have to choose other accommodations or not.

A free-range chicken at the Farmer’s Market.

We’re at peace in this knowledge, not panicky, knowing if and when the time comes, we’ll make a good decision, whatever that may be.

Homemade banana bread for sale at the Farmer’s Market at $10 each.

As for now, we’re content while I’m busily working on corrections of this site going back from the beginning of over 800 posts. At this point, doing it every day since we arrived, I’m only up to July 12, 2013, almost halfway through since the first post in March 2012.

A wide array of fruit was offered at the Farmer’s Market.  Since we can’t eat fruit, we didn’t buy any.

It’s a huge task. Once I’ve uploaded the day’s post and Tom’s removed the photos in order to send it to his blind brother Jerome who listens to it on his talking computer, we head to the pool for a short time. 

Returning indoors, I usually start chopping and dicing for dinner which, depending on what we’re having, can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. Then, after any cleaning and laundry is completed, I start the revisions which take the remainder of the day, usually until shortly before dinner. It’s easy to see how the day easily flies by.

It would have been fun to purchase raw macadamia nuts but they require a special device to open them.

I’m anxious to complete the revisions to free up time for other things. But, the more time passes, the harder it will be to go back and do this important task. I’m anxious to complete this task. If we have to find other living arrangements for the family to get together, it will be great to have this time-consuming task completed.

We don’t grumble about these types of tasks. They are a part of our lives comparable to keeping our budget updated and keeping future travel plans on track. It’s all a part of the experience that we fully accept. In the realm of things, it’s good that we don’t mind these kinds of tasks or we’d be in big trouble.

                                           Photo from one year ago today, October 29, 2013:

A year ago today, we took a 3-day “vacation” to celebrate our one year anniversary of leaving for our travels on October 31, 2012. We stayed at a beautiful resort on the Indian Ocean in a gorgeous air-conditioned hut. As soon as we arrived, this Vervet Monkey appeared at our window assuming that new guests will feed her when they always get a fruit plate upon moving in. We didn’t feed her but certainly got a kick out of her looking in the window. For details of this first day of on “vacation” please click here.

Comments and responses Almost two weeks in Maui…Sharks…Hurricane…Lava….Farmer’s Market visit…

  1. Staci Finch Thompson Reply

    These are great pictures! I love the one of the tree on the beach.

    I am still wrapping my head around the concept that you aren't on "permanent vacation" but rather on a "planet-wide living arrangement" When you were writing about the blog post correction project I briefly thought "Wow, shame they couldn't wait to tackle that after they got….wait, they ARE home!" Projects don't disappear just because your address changes every few months, do they!

    Thank you for your commitment to taking us along your journey. It is a treat to see the sights, even from a computer.

  2. Jessica Reply

    Wow, Staci! Your comment says it better than I ever have, "A planet-wide living arrangement!" Perfect! May I quote you in tomorrow's post? And yes, you're so right. We are "home" and projects such as this must be done along the way, like accounting, financial matters, and taxes. In other words, "one can run, but they can't hide." It took us two months to complete paperwork in order to leave the US for an extended period.

    And Staci, thank you for joining us in our journey. It is people like you that keep us motivated to take photos and continue to document our daily lives, however boring it may be from time to time. Thanks again for writing.

    Warmest regards,
    Jess & Tom

  3. Staci Finch Thompson Reply

    Of course you may quote me – I'd be honored and delighted! I think reading and understanding that the mundane aspects of life are just that – aspects of life – makes your travels all the more interesting.

  4. Jessica Reply

    Thanks, Staci. I'm delighted to quote you in tomorrow's post. We're surprised that our readers may find some of our mundane days worth reading. And, we so appreciate your continuing interest!

    Warmest regards,
    Jess & Tom

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