Bear with me because this is going to be a long post. But the good news is that there are many pretty pictures! Erin & David had another dive trip planned, so the rest of us were going to rent a Jeep and go see the other side of the island. Unfortunately, the folks that rented the Jeeps had other ideas and told us the roads were still too muddy/underwater. We’d been told not to drive the PT Cruiser on those roads, but David thought we’d be able to drive partway and hike the rest, so we decided to chance it.
We fueled up with coffee in Lanai City and headed out for Shipwreck Beach. I still can’t wrap my head around how remote this island is:
We walked to the beach and then realized we were way far away from the part that we’d come to see. (Shipwreck beach is named for the WWII destroyer that is about a mile offshore.) We did see some cool trees, but we were on a mission:
iPhone zoomed in version:As we walked, we saw (and heard) some whales breaching on the horizon. There was a mom and baby, breaching and then slapping their pectoral fins on the water. It was like they were waving at us. But even more amazing was having this beautiful beach all to ourselves:
We were all getting hungry, so we headed back to Lanai City for some lunch. The view from the road was so lovely, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos from the car. We could see both Maui and Molokai across the water (I believe Maui is visible here):
I’d hoped to get some poke at the Poke Market that I’d heard was good, but alas it was closed. But we had a good sandwich on the porch of another place and chilled out for a bit. Then we headed back to the house to hear about Erin & David’s dive adventure (they were the only ones on the boat and saw dolphins swimming up close.) Then we sampled a different beach umbrella view down by the Four Seasons pool:
Then it was time to get cleaned up for dinner. We decided to go out to the restaurant at the Hotel Lanai, so everyone could get dressed up in their tropical best. While we were waiting for others to finish getting ready, T danced a cocktail over to me, resulting in the greatest photo I have ever put on Instagram:
(I like how T is rocking the basic black.) We took the Four Seasons shuttle to Hotel Lanai (and confirmed that we are NOT Four Seasons material… ) but it was nice not having to squish into the PT Cruiser. The Hotel Lanai is very charming and down to earth. We started with a little bubbly. Cheers!
The food was delicious and it was a great time. There was a couple making out at the corner table that was grossing Bryan out (who unfortunately was facing their direction.) I couldn’t resist using M’s sneaky “fake selfie” trick to get a picture:
Thankfully, they’d mellowed out a little bit, or this blog might have lost it’s PG-13 rating, ha ha! All of the food was delicious and we indulged in some epic deserts, most impressive was T’s chocolate chip cookie that came in a tiny cast iron skillet!
We had a merry shuttle ride home. (Probably more merry than the other passengers would have liked, but TFB!) David got the driver to drop us off at the top of the hill and we walked back to our house in the dark, starry night. We saw a little bullfrog and Jenn wanted to get a photo. David had a headlamp with him, so he helped with the lighting: