We’re getting back to our regular schedule, but it’s slow going. Maui is currently 6 hours behind our EDT schedule (they don’t participate in daylight saving time, so in less than a month, they’ll only be 5 hours behind us eastern time zone folks), and the west-to-east transition is at tough one. We got home from grocery shopping
last night this morning at 2:30, and went to bed at 3:30. I realize how ridiculous that is, but it’s not too far from our usual. Well, the super-late grocery shopping is not at all normal, but those Cliftons sucked us right in to some good hang-out time and we didn’t leave their house til almost 1:00. What’s a person who needs food to do?
I’ve sung fall’s praises and welcomed the coming winter, but I’ll be honest: I don’t love the abrupt change from mid-80s (~30C) to 40s (~5C). Low clouds enveloped us as we flew in to Traverse City from Chicago on Thursday morning, dropping buckets of snow that melted upon contact with the relatively warm, wet ground. The snow abated during the late morning and throughout the rest of the day, but we’ve had flurries the past two nights. Shanty Creek, our “neighborhood” ski resort even reported a skim coat atop Schuss Mountain yesterday morning. I’m still excited for the snowy season, especially since the big fall show is almost over, but I have not been exactly excited about the cold drizzle and occasional heavy rains that have plagued – yes plagued – the weekend.
I’ve still got tons of things to share from our Maui trip (volcano and reef adventures coming soon), but right now I’d just like to linger on some of Maui’s ubiquitous, sub-tropical offerings. If you’re feeling like you need a punch of warm weather and bright colors, these pictures are for you!
Avocado, bananas, lemon
All of the above are in Meg’s yard, delighting the nose and tummy
Ginger blossoms and a peeling eucalyptus which are both prevalent in Maui’s upcountry
The varied, jungle-y canopy and a close-up of those orange blossoms – on a tree,left – found near Hana
Orange hibiscus table-side at a lunch spot and a guava foraged roadside…yum!
Okay. Not ubiquitous, but super duper cool:
Rainbow eucalyptus trees – my favorite! Note: they do not taste like Skittles, but they *may* taste like a rainbow. I have not tasted a rainbow, but it’s possible that I licked one of these trees. 😉