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#TreeSquares: Road to Hana

Are you having fun with Becky B’s #TreeSquares. The days of this month are flying by and we are down to the last week of trees. Becky’s only rule is that at least one photo has to be square.

My goal for this month was to start at home in Prescott and spiral away highlighting trees farther and farther away from my home. There are so many trees in Maui, HI, that I’m sure you won’t mind spending another day there.

Road to Hana

In January of 2016 my blogging friend, the Eternal Traveller, Carol and her husband and I braved the 52-mile bus ride to Hana starting super early where we met at a restaurant with this view out the window. (Yes, it looks like that and it’s real!)

Since Vince gets car sick especially if he isn’t driving, he said no to the trip because the Road to Hana winds around the southern 64.4-mile-long (103.6 km) stretch of Maui. The highway passes over 59 concrete and steel bridges some dating back to 1910. Along the way we curved approximately 620 times through lush, tropical rainforest.

Most of my waterfall pictures came out blurry from riding on the bus or with too many reflections. The waterfalls were all this beautiful.

One of many waterfalls along the Road to Hana

We didn’t have too much time to stop officially since we stopped for passing trucks along the way. Carol enjoyed her first views of “American” wildlife. I think a squirrel entertained her during lunch. I missed it but to me the view out shown the squirrel.

One of the stops along the trip.

In August 2000, the highway was designated as the Hana Millennium Legacy Trail by President Bill Clinton which prevents extensive repair and upgrading to be done the road. Manny, my Teddy bear and I think the road could use some improvements.

Manny wears the frangipani that Carol gave him and enjoys a few minutes of fresh air off the bus.

All of us bus passengers held our breath and wondered how two giant vehicles going opposite directions on a one-lane road could keep from going off the cliff. We used the wait time to take pictures while the bus sat still. In June, 2001, the Hana Highway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The beaches were beautiful, though not all great places to stroll or lay out in the sun.
The bark on these Painted Bark Eucalyptus trees caught my interest.
Hana Beach Park
Map of the Toad to Hana

Arriving at Hana was about half of the trip. But it seemed to smooth out a little after that.

Coming up

  • PPAC #6 aired on Cee Neuner’s blog on Friday. If you missed it, you still have almost a week to post.
  • I’m so excited to announce that Cathy Cade will be hosting her friend Wendy Fletcher for August Story Chat. Wendy Fletcher is the leader of Cathy’s u3a writing group. For more information about Story Chat and how you and your writing group can contribute and get involved, see my Story Chat page.
  • Tuesday will be the Story Chat Summary and your opportunity to provide input to make Story Chat even better next year.

I hope you enjoyed the ride, even though it doesn’t begin to do justice to this trip. Enjoy the weekend where you are.

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  1. I’m impressed that you went into this month with a plan for your tree posts Marsha!! I’m loving seeing all your shots and that painted bark on the eucalyptus tree is beautiful. Such a lovely collection 🙂

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    • Thanks, Deb. I sort of copied my friend Carol who had a theme to her posts last time, so I thought I would do that this time. It has worked out well except when I take some new tree pictures that don’t fit because I have a theme. 🙂 LOL

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  2. omg these are awesome Marsha… You would not want to know or maybe our trip to Hana.
    38 years ago. we had to turn around because i think there was a flood.. road were horrible. On the way back I shouted out to the ones heading there “the pools were great”. However could I have done that. we turned around and much to my husbands dismay we went back the next day. omg 💖

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    • I’m not surprised. We drove from the other direction once, and walked in to an area on a path that was supposed to be a path, but it was a river instead. We had to turn around. Others were coming out with their bathing suits on. I think flooding is pretty common. The ground is saturated and they get so much more rain that we are used to. It’s like breathing water some days. But I would go back in a heartbeat. 🙂

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        • After President Clinton declared it a National Historical highway, the bus driver told us that it prevented any more improvements. I’m hope it has been improved or at least maintained sometime in the last 38 years. I’m not an expert about it, though.

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  3. What a beautiful ride, despite the challenges of the road and of taking photos through glass! I don’t like lying in the sun (I fry!) so those beaches suit me just fine, as they’re perfect for taking photos 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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