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Top 5 Islands

Top 5 Islands

As our journey begins to near its end we are becoming increasingly reflective over these past few years. We’ve decided that a great way to cap off our journey and our travel blog will be to post a series of top 5 lists. We stole the idea from our friend The Gentleman Adventurer Chris Liberty. Over the next few weeks we will sporadically post these lists. We hope you enjoy them.

Here is a list featuring our top 5 favorite islands from the journey:

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Maui and Honolulu

Maui and Honolulu

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve updated the blog so bear with us while we catch you up on the last few weeks of our lives.

It already feels like forever and ever since we were on Maui with my and Luke’s parents but I suppose it’s only been a few weeks since we left. Our final few weeks on the island were characteristically laid back and relaxing. We spent a lot of time hanging out on our favorite beaches from last year, discovering new beaches, enjoying the company of family, and indulging in daily sunset pina coloda sessions on the lanai. I’d like to tell you all about some exciting

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There and back again

There and back again

Our first few weeks back in Maui have come and gone in a flash. It really feels like we just got here even though it’s already been three weeks. We spent the first week reuniting with the beautiful island and more importantly with Kendall’s parents, whom we have not seen for a year. It was great seeing them again and receiving some nice comforts from home (Timmy’s coffee and Winnipeg Jets gear). To add to the homely feeling, this year, my parents came to join us for one week. After roughly 4 years, the two sets of parents were finally going to get the chance to meet!

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A Year in the Life

A Year in the Life

Wow wow wow wow wow! As of today we have been on the road, or away from home for one entire year. Right now this is all feeling very crazy to me for several reasons. First of all I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by. We arrived back in Maui yesterday morning and in so many ways it felt like we never left, never mind that we had done so many amazing things in the time in between. The other reason this one year travel anniversary date seems crazy to me is that in the past I had always imagined that in travelling for a year you would have the time to see the entire world, or at least as much of it as you were keen to see. I thought that in this year we would visit at least a few continents and a minimum of ten countries. On the complete contrary we spent the entire year in Oceania, spending our time mostly concentrated in a few countries.

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Honolulu

Honolulu

Unfortunately we don’t have very many good things to say about our stay in Honolulu. For those of you who don’t know, Honolulu is a big city– freeways, high-rise buildings, traffic jams, garbage, throngs of people, tons of shops selling the same touristy things, etc, etc. For the past six weeks we had been spoiled by the calm, small-town pace of life on Maui, although we felt at the time that Maui could feel pretty crowded and touristy in spots, we had no idea that Honolulu would be ten thousand times worse than the worst spots on Maui.

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Mahalo Maui

Mahalo Maui

Yesterday we said our goodbyes to both Maui and Kendall’s parents. We are now at the airport in Honolulu waiting to start our ‘real’ journey. Our last couple of days on the beautiful island of Maui were bittersweet. We got to experience some things that were truly great, but it was honestly quite sad saying goodbye to the good life, the security and the warmth that a family brings.

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Sea creatures and a volcano

Sea creatures and a volcano

We are now only three days away from our departure from Maui. It’s incredible to think that these six weeks have gone by so quickly, but I guess January and February don’t necessary need to drag on and on when it’s not -35 degrees outside! Beyond enjoying the beautiful tropical weather, we’ve had such a fantastic time exploring as much of what this island has to offer that we possibly could. This past week in particular we were able to check some final must-dos off of our list that really capped off our time here with some unforgettable experiences.

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Missing Photos

Missing Photos

For some reason the photos from the last post did not upload properly. I have been trying to get them up here for the last couple of days, anyways here they are! I also have a couple of videos to upload, but with the internet being so slow that will take some time. As well I will fix the font issue and try to make all of the posts uniform. :)

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Exploring Maui

Over the last couple of days, Kendall and I have continued to explore the natural beauty of Maui. We first travelled to the most southern end of Maui to hike a couple of miles over solid lava rock. The hike is called the “Kings Highway” and the full length of the trail is roughly 17miles round trip. We were not really prepared to do the full length so we walked a couple of miles and got to see some interesting landscapes. Hiking on lava rock is pretty cool, it kind of crumbles underneath your feet and it is easy to traverse over. I loved looking up at the now dormant volcano and tracing the path that the lava flowed down in the late 1700s (Haleakala’s last eruption).

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Above the clouds

Above the clouds

The other day we had the pleasure of being invited on a hike through a normally restricted zone in Haleakala National Park with the National Nature Conservatory. It was a short 3 mile hike through a cloud forest at Hosmer Grove at an elevation of around 6000 feet (1.8km). It was quite an interesting hike as our guide was very knowledgeable and was able to teach us alot about Maui’s forests. It was great to be able to see, and learn about a side of the island that very few people are allowed access to. After the hike we decided to drive up to the summit of Haleakala, which for those of you who don’t know, is a dormant volcano which also happens to be the highest point on Maui (10,000 feet / 3km).

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