We just returned from a lovely vacation to Maui. It was our first time on this island and it definitely had the “WOW! factor” everyone had told us about. What do you think of when you think of an island vacation? I suspect most people would immediately dream of relaxing on a beach chair and soaking up some rays. If that is your idea of an exotic holiday, I will warn you never to travel with us! We don’t ever lay out on the beach for the following reasons: (1) Other than our daughter, none of my family were born with an ability to produce a tan. The rest of us start working on our sunburn on the walk from the car to the hotel. We plaster sunscreen on every exposed inch of skin, wear hats and sunglasses – and still we burn. I actually freckle and burn. My only hope of ever returning from a trip with dark skin is if my many freckles coalesce together some day! (2) We want to see the sights unique to the area we are traveling through. I feel like it would be a shame if we returned from Maui and all we could say was “we saw the sun”. Granted, sun can be in short supply in Michigan, but if I want to get burned, I can lay out on a chair in my backyard and look at the same sun. (3) I hate sand! A couple of times I took my children to the beach when they were younger because I felt like it was a motherly sort of thing to do. It might have been fine, if we could have ignored the sunburn pain, but there still would have been the SAND. Ugh! It finds its way into everything. We’d always come away with it lodged in our eyes, ears, mouth (that after-the-dentist feeling), hair, clothing, and towels. I’m pretty sure the beaches around here were a little lower from the erosive effect our family’s presence had. The sand would then continue to show up for the next week at our house.
So now that you’ve made a mental note never to join us and expect a relaxing vacation, let me tell you about one thing we did on Maui (while avoiding the beach scene) – we went on a tour of a pineapple plantation. There I learned a number of things about pineapple and had a chance to eat pineapple right in the field. I really enjoy fresh pineapple, but I’ve never had really fresh pineapple before. It was so much sweeter than any I’ve ever eaten before.
Here are some of the things I learned about pineapple growing: Continue reading