Into the Ocean: The Lantz Family Adventure in Maui - My Family Travels
Snorkeling in Hawaii
Family in Hawaii

My stomach did somersaults.  The plane was taking off, the destination: Maui, Hawaii.   I had always wanted to go to Hawaii, but never had gotten the opportunity.  So, when my Aunt and Uncle decided to let us use part of their time share, my family jumped at the opportunity.  I knew what to expect from what I’d heard from others: relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in the crystal clear water, and enjoying delectable foods.  However, I never knew how amazing of a time I would have.

Arriving in Maui was great.  Although the weather was slightly overcast with a breeze, the air was still as warm as a toasty blanket.

The excursion to our hotel was amazing.  We passed cliffs with only the ocean below and through cities with a feeling words could only try to describe: paradise.  My brother and I couldn’t wait to get onto the beach and into the water, but that would have to wait.  It was almost time to go eat, and where else to eat than the famous Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant?

The days spent there seemed to blend together.  They were so unperturbed and tranquil that you couldn’t help but wear a smile on your face throughout the day.  With the marvelous sun shining overhead and the silky sand beneath your feet, it would be hard for anyone to get upset.  One of the best parts of those days was letting the sweet, yellow fruit of fresh pineapple entertain my waiting taste buds.  The greatest part of the trip, however, had yet to reveal itself.

On the morning of one of our last days of our trip, my parents revealed to me that we were going on a boat trip out to Molokini for an exciting snorkeling experience with brilliantly colorful fish and breathtaking sights. Out on this trip, we were able to see hundreds of different kinds of fish and all of them looked different!  It was an unforgettable snorkeling experience and I will never forget it.

Filling our final days with more snorkeling off of the beaches, eating delicious seafood, and becoming buddies with a friendly lizard, it was almost time to say goodbye to this wonderful island escape.  It had a way of making it seem like life was a dream you just didn’t want to wake up from. But like all good dreams, it was eventually time to awaken.  Zipping up the final suitcase, we exited the hotel and headed to the airport in our loaded down rental car.  With the windows rolled down, I took in every breath and every moment I could before getting onto the plane towards Seattle.  I knew I would not be able to take Maui with me, but the memories I made there with my family will last me a lifetime.


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