How walkable is your neighborhood?
With nearby parks, schools, restaurants, and a shopping mall, our’s scored 78 out of 100. Pretty nifty. It was also nice to see San Francisco as the number one most walkable city in the US. I can believe it.
At long last, Bill and I are in the planning stages of our honeymoon. It’s only going to be about eleven months late, but we’re actually going. It was funny too, after thinking about it, this will be our first vacation in almost five years. Yes, we travel all the time, but most of our trips are just weekends visiting friends and family. We haven’t taken a vacation, just the two of us, since we spent a week in Ft Lauderdale and the Keys back in 2003. I hope to never have a gap that big between vacations ever again… well, at least before we have children.
We will be spending six nights in Maui during the first week of September. We went back and forth on a destination for a long time. Europe was way too expensive. Asia was too far away (sorry Chris). We gave serious thought to St Maarten, Aruba, Kauai, and Baja Mexico. I even checked out options on Santa Catalina. We originally nixed Hawaii from list when ATA and Aloha Airlines shut down. We agreed that we didn’t want to have to spend a whole day traveling, which nixed the Caribbean. Then, oddly enough, prices for airfare/hotel packages in Hawaii started to go down… and we were looking everywhere… priceline.com, travelocity.com, cheaptickets.com, orbitz.com…. we even thought about doing one that required attending a 90 minute timeshare presentation. (yuck) Kauai turned out to be pretty pricey too as there aren’t as many hotels on that island. Thankfully we have some friends down here who are from Hawaii and had some helpful insight for us. Since both of us want to avoid the cheesy tourist traps and we’d like to have a relatively chill vacation with some fun activities and real Hawaiian food, the island of Maui was recommended. It has the lush landscapes and fantastic beaches like Kauai (perhaps slightly less majestic). It also has the variety of activities available and a larger quantity of hotel options. I bought the book Maui Revealed and learned all sorts of info about where to stay and what places aren’t worth the money. Even awesome details like parking in a turnout just past the 32 mile marker and hiking along a hunter’s trail to a somewhat hidden waterfall. I love little stuff like that! I highly recommend the book if anyone is going to either Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island. All the books are travel books written by people who go to Hawaii as tourists anonomously and don’t get any perks from the tourism companies. Pretty cool. We still haven’t decided on a hotel yet, but we’ve narrowed it down to a short list. The Westin Resort & Spa, The Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa, and The Sheraton Maui. If anyone has stayed at any of these hotels and would like to let us know how awesome or crappy they were, please do.
I plan to take lots of photos and maybe… if I’m really lucky… Michael will let me borrow his camera. Fingers crossed.