A Bolder Life

December 29, 2005

Back in Colorado

Perrin and I moved back to Colorado yesterday. We had two and a half amazing years in Maui. We learned some tremendous things about ourselves, our realtionship, culture, lifestyle, people and more. I'lll dive into more of the lessons that we have learned in a later post. But we want to let everyone know that we are back in Colorado. We are moving back into our house in Boulder, but hopefully in a different way than ever before.

Thank you to everyone in Maui, we love you and miss you already. To everyone back in Colorado, we love you and can't wait to spend time with you.

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August 5, 2005

Fifty Nifty

ESPN is coming to Maui tomorrow. They are going to be here to cover the Hawaii state outrigger canoe championships held right here on the West Side of Maui. It will be part of ESPN's 50 states in 50 days on SportsCenter. Check it out to get a taste of canoe racing on the islands.

Perrin and I will not be competing as our crews didn't qualify for states but we will be there to support our club.

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March 19, 2005

Tattoos revealed

Here they are ... our engagement tatoos.

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February 25, 2005

Tattoos

Perrin and I are now more officially engaged. We got our engagement tattoos yesterday. They are absolutuely beautiful and we counldn't be happier. We have to stay out of the water for two weeks to facilitate the healing process. When they are all healed up we will take photos for you.

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October 28, 2004

We voted

We voted yesterday. Have you voted yet?

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May 28, 2004

Hiking into Haleakala

Not ones to shy away from adventure, Perrin and I just organized a backpaking trip into Haleakala crater. It is an absolutely amazing place. The views were awe inspiring and so was the fact that were traversing through a dormant volcano. There were no active vents like the craters on the big island, but everywhere you looked it was evident you were in a volcano.

Sarah, Maceo, and Erin Rinker joined us on our excursion and they also provided our entertainment. We saw plenty of silverswords and even were lucky enough to see one blooming. Silverswords only grow on Haleakala. We also saw some nesting nene geese. There are only a few hundred nene left and somehow some were transplanted to the crater.

We hiked 7 miles into the cabin descending over 3 thousand feet. Coming out was only 4 miles but it was nearly 2000 feet up. Nothing to scoff at. But we all came out with grins on our faces and only Rinker has blisters to prove she was there.

I've never felt more like Frodo in my life, hiking into the darkest depth of Mordor. Fortunately for me I was with a girl so fair. And Gollum and the evil one failed to take her away from me.

Lots of photos

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May 6, 2004

We're paddlers now

Perrin and I have found a new way to occupy our time here in Maui. 3 days a week we wake up and head down to canoe beach to paddle in outrigger canoes at 6:30 in the morning. We have joined the Lahaina canoe club!

It is one hell of a work out that is for sure. P and I definitely bulking up. Pictures will come soon with me hanging off of her guns.

We are using 6 man canoes made out fiberglass. But don't think they are too light. Probably the hardest part of the day is at the end of practice when we have to lift these suckers out of the ocean and rack them up on the beach. The sport focuses very closely on teamwork and paddling in unison, much like rowing. However, we are in stationary seats, use wooden paddles, and have to switch sides every 15-18 strokes. It is excellent to be a part of the team. There are times when I know there is no way I could lift my paddle for another stroke if the rest of team wasn't in the boat...

Regattas will start for us Saturdays in June, followed closely afterwards by consuming large quantities of beer. We are excited to be involved in a sport which enhances our reltionship with the ocean, is a major workout and that involves us a part of a team. We are already making some great new friends and I'm sure that will continue.

Mana Maui... Imua Lahaina!!

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April 8, 2004

Area Man Killed By Shark

Sharks live in the ocean. It is their home. They feed on seals and turtles. And sometimes in murky water it is hard to tell the difference between a surfer and a turtle.

That is exactly what happened yesteday morning at 7:08 AM at S-Turns here in Maui. A local man died of massive blood loss following a single shark bite. Fellow surfers tried to save him, but were unsucessful. This happened less than a quarter mile away from our house. My respect for the ocean just continues to grow.

One more thing, I was out paddling with the Lahaina Canoe Club on Wednesday morning we paddled all the way up to S-Turns and got there at about 7:25. We did not see much commotion, but were confused that no one was surfing on the clean waves. We hopped out of our boats and swam around to cool off for a while before we headed back where we found out about the shark attack. We were 100 yard away from where the shark attack ocurred. Is it possible to have retroactive fear?

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January 9, 2004

Famous People

I have been learning a lot about golf this week thanks to Marky Mark. Yes, spelled with k's not c's; as in Mark Walburg of Boogie Nights and Funky Bunch fame. He's in Maui for the Mercedes Championship. We got free tickets to the ProAm and had a fabulous day getting tan, enjoying the breath taking views and rubbing elbows with celebrities and golfers. The best part is, we live here! We made all of the crazy golf fans turn away from the green for a moment to take in the view of Molokai and watch the whales.

Tommy Armour III's group won. It was also a fun surprise to see Steve Flesch. He is part of the tour and I used to go on ski trips with him and the Miller clan. So, good luck to Steve this week. I'm sure Lisa and the kids would like a new Mercedes to drive around.

Here are some photos of our celebrity sightings. Mercedes Championships ProAm . And if you don't believe our photos. The tournament is on ESPN during your prime time all week

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December 17, 2003

Women's Billabong Pro

Last week we headed up to Honolua Bay to check out the Billabong Pro Maui. It was awesome. All of the best women's surfers were there and the winner of the event would win the world champion title for 2003. YOu can find out all of the details on the event here. Oddly enough this is the first time that I have found anything from Maui on the web that was actually well done. The Internet is like a religion everybody must believe in it for it to be effective. Unfortunately it seems nobody in Maui believes in it. Oh well. Here are some photos of the breaks at Honolua and of Keala Kennelly.

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December 4, 2003

I saw whales!

I saw two humpback whlaes frolicking and breaching yesterday. It was pretty amazing. Apparently, the whales arrive throuhgout December and hang out between Lanai, Molokai and Maui until April. I can't wait to see more. I made me giddy like a little school girl.

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November 22, 2003

Huge Surf

There is a huge Northern Swell that has been visitng us for the last few days. It is massive, I have never seen consistent waves like this before ever.

How big is it?
- so big it has deposited sand all over the lower road
- so big that nobody would even go surf at Honolua Bay yesterday
- so big that barges and cruise ships have been prevented from docking for days in Kahului
- so big that it broke through the seawall across the street from us.
- so big that Jaws is breaking
- so big that up North the ONLY way to surf is to be towed in
- so big that they are towing into S-turns
- so big that 4 professional surfers arrived across the street from our house with a helicopter and towed in behind a helicopter to make a movie yesterday. Marc Anderssen and Laird Hamilton were here among others. This is right across the street from our house!
- so big that Perrin thought she could hear a jet engine outside our house yesterday, it was just the waves.

It is pretty amazing. Perrin and I are going to surf down at Launiopoko today. It was 10ft+ the last two days we'll see what it's like today.

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November 10, 2003

The Road to Hana

Marc and I made our first trip to Hana with Ryno and Jen. Hana is as far away from Lahaina as you can get and still be on Maui. It is the wet side of the island and as a result around every corner on the narrow twisting road is an amazing waterfall. We drove the rental convertible but we kept having to stop and put the lid up due the misting rain. The highlights included Blue Pool, Venus Pool, a beautiful hike through a bamboo forest and Alelele Falls. We learned that trees don't have annual growth rings since we don't have seasons here in Maui and we dug up a keiki bamboo to grow on our lanai. The waterfalls were massive and gushing. We were not able to soak in the Seven Sacred Pools (Their are not seven nor are they sacred; the owner of the Hotel Hana Maui just needed an attraction for makreting purposes. It worked.) because the falls were raging and we might have been washed out to sea.

Here are some great photos for you.

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November 4, 2003

Zip Line

Today, we took Ryno up Haleakala on a zip line course. Ryno confessed to being more energetic all the way up at 4,200 feet. Apparently all of the extra oxygen here at sea level has been weighing him down and making him need a siesta everyday. On the flip side, Marc was so cold in the sub 85 degree weather that he needed a fleece. It's a good thing we brought eight each to Hawaii.

It was a fun day. Their were four zips. The first two were just to get us in the mood but the 3rd was really good and the final line ended with a little bungy style whiplash leaving us all screaming for more.

Check out some fun photos.

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November 2, 2003

Snorkeling Black Rock

We went snorkeling out at Black Rock today for Ryno's birthday. It was a grteat day and we saw some amazing creatures even though it is a very popular spot. We saw several turtles and porcupine fish. And we even saw a manta ray. It was absolutely amazing. It was crusing through the water and we had no hope of keeping pace with it. Unfortunately the photos of the ray didn't come out so hot, but I did take some other photos and they seem to be working out very well. My skills are getting better for sure. Enjoy..

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October 28, 2003

Diving Lanai

Well, it has been quite hazy here for the last few days. Enough so that we can't even see Lanai or Molokai. Perrin and I decided to sail over to Lania it see if it still existed. And while we were over there perhaps we would do a little SCUBA as well.

Actually, we had been planning on gong SCUBA for Perrin's birthday quite some time now. We headed out on the Trilogy IV and cruised the 8 miles across the ocean to Lanai. The boat was awesome a large catamaran and we only had 6 divers and 2 crew. I felt like we had the whole boat to ourselves..

Our first dive was at Cathedrals II. This is one of the most beautiful sites in all of Hawaii. Once we shook off the intial diving jitters that you have after you have dove in a while, we really enjoyed this dive. Yes, we saw many reef fish and even an eel, but the highlights of this dive came as we swam through the volcanic chambers. The shapes of lava were amazing and the way the sun shone down really made this an amazing sight. I would show you photos, but I left the lens cap on my camera, before I put it in it's protective case. Oops..

On the next dive we went to "Shark Fin Bay" This dive was amazing too, but mostly for the sheer amounts of fish and eel. Foruntately, I had my cmaera set on this one. SCUBA is pretty cool and we are ready to go again soon. We just need to get some better sealegs to handle the boat a little better. We both had a little trouble with that one, but now that we are back on dry land, we feel great and are so happy about the trip...

Happy Birthday Perrin.

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October 19, 2003

Our final trip to the DMV

From the time a car arrives to Hawaii you have just 30 days to get it registered to avoid tickets and fines. This did not seem unreasonable to us at first. Then we began the process. Before you hear the details check out the results: the plates and the licenses

From the time a car arrives to Hawaii you have just 30 days to get it registered to avoid tickets and fines. This did not seem unreasonable to us at first. Then we began the process. Before you hear the details check out the results: the plates and the licenses

First of all we had to study for a written driving test and learn things such as the Department of Finance is in charge of licensing and what to do if you are in the left hand lane of an eight-lane highway and want to exit on the right. Now in many places this is practical information. However, the island of Maui only has one main highway and at most it has two lanes going in any given direction. Anyway, having studied we headed to the DMV about a month ago to get our licenses and register the Honda. You will be happy to know that we both got 100% on our tests and were given our Rainbow driver's licenses entitling us to the much coveted Kama'aina status and access to endless "locals only" discounts.

However, we were told our car had to pass an inspection before it could be registered -- no problem. Until we found out that the private inspection company is only open for two hours on Tuesday mornings (that might be an exaggeration but barely.) So we waited. Then Tuesday came around and we went. However, they won't inspect you car unless you have state of Hawaii insurance. Hello sketchy business practices. So we found a local agent transferred the policy, waited for the next Tuesday and returned to the inspection garage. The good old civic passed with flying colors and we got a piece of paper. You see they cannot affix the necessary sticker until our car has Hawaii plates. So back to the DMV, which is closed Tues, Sat & Sun and only open 8-10:30 am and noon - 3pm on the other days. We wait from 9 am until 10:30 at which point the office closed for lunch. At least we had the first number for the post lunch shift. We thought we had everything we needed. Well it turns out they forgot to mention that we had to have our bill of lading proving that our car arrived less than a month ago (Marc threw it away and by now it has been well over 6 weeks anyway.) I “talked” my way out of that predicament but, then they wanted David Monhollen to be present because not only does Hawaii mandate that you register you car but you have to get a new "Hawaii" title and both of our names are on the title. Anyway, we went back today got everything worked out and we officially have Rainbow license plates. Now we just need the sticker because the inspection is only good for 30-days and if we don't get the sticker we have to start over.

On the bright side we are rich in time these days so we found it almost entertaining to sit at the outdoor DMV with our coffee and the Maui News (a subject worthy of it's own story) and meet people. Also, for those of you from Steamboat who used to take pride in the beginning letter of your license plate, that tradition remains here in Hawaii so all cars on Maui have plates that start with "M."

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October 13, 2003

La Perouse

Josh and Merret spent the last week of their five week honeymoon adventure with us in Maui. We had a great time and felt very lucky to have so much time with them.

We spent today day hiking and snorkeling in La Perouse. It is where the road ends in south Maui. The bay was formed when lava erupted in 1790 making this very young and sharp land. The hike would have been hot except for the brisk wind. The downside being that I was afraid I would blown into the jagged lava. One fall and your snorkeling trip is over unless you want to be shark bait. Luckily we were all sure footed and made our way across raw lava to some of the best snorkeling in the world (that's according to me.)

We saw so many amazing fish and eels. One area we stopped is called the Aquarium and for good reason. I am still in awe of the entire underwater world and just beginning to learn the fish species. Marc is much better so if you have fish questions you should ask him. Something really cool is that about 25% of the fish species in Hawaii are endemic. So, if you want to see our puffers and triggerfishes you will have to come visit.

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September 19, 2003

Polarized Sunglasses

Life in Maui has been very good up until today. We have enjoyed the activities around the island and love exploring. Life just got at least 50% better today. Really it's true. We both bought polarized Maui Jim Sunglasses and have a new appreciation for living on the island.

The colors in the water and up to the mountains are so much more pronounced. Not to mention the blues and greens and the beaches. I can't beleive we lived without polarized lenses for so long. I think we may make it a requirement of all visitors to have polarized glasses or purchase them here. Maui is so much better with them. You landlocked dwellers may not beleive me now, but just wait until you visit.

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