I finally got all packed and even cleared my inbox and task list. Ready for three weeks of vaca­tion now. London, Bath, Cambridge, the Lake District, and more are on the agenda.

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Lisbon Happiness Meetup

Back in February I spent a week in Lisbon with a por­tion of my team at Automattic. We ate great food, com­pleted two cool projects, and gen­er­ally had a won­der­ful time. There were 11 of us so we rented out the entire place at TheHouse. Can’t rec­om­mend the lodg­ing enough. Truly phe­nom­e­nal place. One day we […]

Maui — Travel Log, Recap

I got back from a week in Maui on Tuesday morn­ing. The rest of the trip was a blast. I posted some ear­lier notes and, before I for­get the details, wanted to recap the rest.

After that day 2 recap we got a lot more snor­kel­ing in and ended up see­ing 8 tur­tles vary­ing from old, large ones to a rel­a­tively tiny one that looked to be not much more than 18 inches to 2 feet across. My favorite snorkel spot was Honokeana Cove. Despite the cold water and some­what murky vis­i­bil­ity it was fan­tas­tic to be swim­ming in cove filled with tur­tles. Pretty neat to watch those ani­mals eat.

We woke up early at 6am one morn­ing to make the 2 hour drive to Haleakalā, the main vol­canic crater on the island. We didn’t go for sun­rise and, instead, decided to do an 11.2 mile hike down the Sliding Sands trail and back up the Halemauʻu trail. Leah wrote up a fan­tas­tic post about that hike so I won’t recap the details. It was a great day and I have some pho­tos to post later on.

For our last meal we headed to Star Noodle which was fan­tas­tic food. The steamed pork buns were amaz­ing and my Hot n Sour was a won­der­ful bowl of broth, noo­dles, and all the fix­ings. Props to Toby for the recommendation.

Overall it was a fan­tas­tic trip and a nice way to get away for a bit. I still did a bit of work here and there but was mostly offline. After my first trip to Hawaii I can’t wait to go back. Handily I already have enough air­line miles again to make that hap­pen. :)

Last day in Maui. 8 tur­tles swam with, 20 miles hiked, 4 frozen yogurt stops, and lots of sun­shine. Hoping to post more travel recaps and pho­tos soon.

Maui — Travel Log, Day 2

2 full days are in the books now and Maui is won­der­ful. We’re stay­ing in a condo Daniel got just south of Lahaina. Nice spot with a full kitchen, BBQ, laun­dry, and one row of houses back from the beach.

The first day was pretty low key. Just hung out at the beach next to the condo, picked up snorkel gear, and made an epic trip to Costco. Daniel and Leah had made a trip to the Safeway in Lahaina the first day and after going to Costco I’m pretty sure that Costco 1/4 to 1/5th of the price. We bought way, way too much food includ­ing 6 pounds of ground beef, 4 steaks, 6 pounds of brus­sel sprouts, 6 pounds of edamame, and enough onions to feed us for a week.

Yesterday, day 2, we drove around to the other side of the island and hiked the Waihee Ridge Trail. The east­ern side of Maui is much more what I was expect­ing the ter­rain to be like. Lush, wet, and filled with plants. The trail climbed about 1,500 feet over 2.5 miles and was a sim­ple up and back. Really nice hike and there weren’t too many other peo­ple out on it.

After the hike we were all drenched in sweat. Humidity will do that. So we went straight to Oluwalu Beach to swim and snorkel. The snorkel gear we picked up for the week at Snorkel Bob’s, which is a great deal. $35 for the entire time we’re here for a mask, snorkel, and fins. The beach­side sell­ers charge $100 and up for what looks like infe­rior equip­ment. The reef at Oluwalu was way bet­ter than Black Rock, which we swam in the first day. Here it stretched for a long, long way and we swam for about an hour. I’m ter­ri­ble at track­ing which fish we saw but we did swim with two sea tur­tles. One was swim­ming out to deeper water so we tailed behind for 10 min­utes or so. The other, and much larger, one was con­tent sit­ting under a ledge of coral. Would have loved to see him out and swim­ming as he was so much bigger.