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LAPC #187: Water Fun in Maui

New Lens Artist, Anne, of Slow Shutter Speed picked a topic – WATER – that if you don’t love, you might be my cat, Moji instead of a human. She will probably have more to say tomorrow.

“High and fine literature is wine, and mine is only water; but everybody likes water.”

Mark Twain.

My favorite water lives in Maui, Hawaii. Sit back, put on plenty of sunscreen and enjoy a serene afternoon by the water as we take the Road to Hana bus tour and leave the treacherous drive to an expert. Then return to Ka’anapali for a quick dip in the ocean before heading to Lahina to relax and watch the sunset.

“Hawaii is the only place I know where they lay flowers on you while you are alive.”

Will Rogers
Searching for Serenity? Search no further, here it is!

Plenty of Great Challenges to Enjoy This Weekend

Road to Hana: Waterfalls and Black Rock Beaches

Here today, gone to Maui.


I’m a fan of puns, waterfalls, and Hawaii.

Numerous waterfalls – perfect for a relaxing shower of warm water

I think I can see a walking path that goes under the falls. We watched from a bus stopped high above the waterfall on the Road to Hana.

Misty morning hike
cooling droplets drench my clothes
fresh beads quench my thirst

© Marsha Ingrao 2022

 “When life places stones in your path, be the water. A persistent drop of water will wear away even the hardest stone.”

Autumn Morning Star

They didn’t let us get off the bus and hike over to the waterfalls. If they had, we might not have gotten back on the bus. Then we would never have made it to Hana.

Drumming the water
Rhymic water pulsating
Pounding away cares

© Marsha Ingrao 2022

Hana nice day!


Azure water, black sandy beaches, relaxed swimmers enjoying paradise.

There were a few decisions to be mindful of.

 “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

Ryunosuke Satoro.

After the harrowing, I mean relaxing Road to Hana trip, we relaxed at the resort in the water.

“…the water stretching out from you until it’s beyond sight, moving and blue and alive and so much bigger than even the black beyond seems because the ocean hides what it contains.”

Patrick Ness

Oddly, you don’t feel like you are moving much until you notice suddenly that you are quite a ways away from the shore and staring at a different hotel. Luckily my husband kept a close eye on me from shore. His shrinking wave that beckoned me to come in seemed to happen in the blink of an eye. Relaxing suddenly became hard work. 🙂

Finish perfection
sun setting gold amethyst
sky and ocean one

© Marsha Ingrao 2022
Sunset at Lahaina

Write Photo Challenge: Boats

Thank you KL Caley for hosting Write Photo.

“I’m spoiled after spending a week relaxing under the sunny Hawaiian skies, where boating took us to see whales, not to catch them or any other species of sea life,” Ernie thought as he walked up the brick path to his boat. “No tossing nets, no pulling up anchor, no pouring over the weather reports before daybreak each day. I could get used to that.”

Shelly put her hand in his and winked as if she could read his mind. “None of those bikini-clad beauties lounging out here on the brick walk, eh Ernie.”

“You’ve seen one girl, you’ve seen ’em all,” Ernie said giving her a teasing grin.

Shelly gave his arm a playful punch. “You sound just like your sister. I thought I was going to lose it when she said, ‘This is okay, but I’ve seen the ocean before.'”

“Shel, much as I loved our trip and those beautiful blue skies and turquoise waters, they don’t hold the thrill of the catch. Here, I never know what’s going to happen each time we go out. And moreover, I bet those girls wouldn’t know what to do with a fish if one jumped in their lap.”

“Like it’s ever that easy!”

“You’re missing my point.”

“And your point is?”

As they reached the boat, he pulled her to him and held her close.

“This is the point.”

He kissed her slowly, gently, firmly, twisting the ring on her finger as he did, then he picked her up and carried her onto his little old boat.

“Let’s go fishing, Mrs. Carlton.”

Now it’s your turn

There are so many wonderful challenges to get your feet wet in the Challenge World. If you just want to relax and enjoy a good story, check out this month’s Story Chat where KL Caley brings us a cute, light, magical short story, “Handle with Caution.”

Here where we are Always Write you still have plenty of time to weigh in with your Dream Travel Plans on WQW or your displays of public art on PPAC #36.

Join me tomorrow as I join Sunday Stills and several other wonderful challenges. I’m so excited to introduce you to BZD short for Bear’s a Dog, a few of my recently curated pictures using a new photo app on my phone.

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  1. That’s very nice. And I’ve been to a Pacific island, and it was wonderful. But I’d rather be in rainy, windy, cold England… Then again, if you offered me a swap, I might see if I could cope…. lol

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  2. Wow. GREAT photos Marsha. Love the Will Rogers quote too. I still say if we just ran a garden hose from the end of a Hawaiian waterfall before it goes into the ocean to the U.S., we eventually could water all 48 states. They just don’t listen to me! 😱

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  3. Wow, what a wonderful combination of water images, Marsha. You did an incredible job combining the prompts. I loved the poetry woven throughout too, but of course, I have a soft spot for your romantic story at the end. Thank you so much for including #writephoto amongst your challenges, much appreciated. KL ❤

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  4. I’ve only visited the islands twice, but both trips have been etched in my memory. From the solemn monument at Pearl Harbor to the pristine beaches of Kauai, we have explored several of the islands at least briefly. We marveled in the views of Waimea Canyon and drove the Road to Hana. You have made me want to visit our 50th state again.

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  5. Enjoyed your photos and your haiku, Marsha. Have to respond to your email yet. Today we went to Casa Grande Monument. It was so interesting. Then we stopped at Windmill Winery for charcuterie and amazingly good wine. Good day.


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  6. Wonderful response to the “water’ challenge Marsha. And thank you for taking me to Maui. I’ve not been to that Island and it is beautiful through your lens. Not only are your images great, so is your writing. Take Care

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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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