I’m about to fall into bed on my fifth night of vacation, so this post will be short and sweet.  I’m traveling with my mother, brother, husband, and children.  We planned the trip to mark my mother’s seventieth birthday.  We all met in San Francisco before we flew to Maui.  So far, we’ve enjoyed unbelievably amazing luck, weather, and good cheer.  If you knew my family well, you’d know how rarely that trifecta happens!

In any case, I’m feeling very blessed to be surrounded by people I love, overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this part of the worldIMG_2327, and fortunate to have the opportunity to experience new and uncommon activities.  For instance, today I “snuba’d!”  Never heard of it?  Well, it’s something between snorkling and scuba diving.  You are hooked to an oxygen tank via a 30-foot-long hose (two share a tank, which floats on top of the water in a little raft).  The certification takes less than 20 minutes, and you don’t have to deal with water getting in your snorkle tube, etc.  I’ve snorkled before, but never gone scuba diving.  It took me about 90 seconds to get used to it, and then I loved it.  Trying something new always makes me feel young, and who doesn’t love to feel young again?

I don’t know if it’s the adventure, the landscape, the people, or some combination of the three that has brought me a true feeling of serenity tonight.  I hope you’ve experienced, or will experience, this kind of peace more than once in your life.  Before the real world comes crashing in to steal it away, I’m going to hit the pillow with a smile on my face.  I’d love to capture this feeling and work it into a theme for a story…but that can wait until later.

For now, let me leave you with this cloudy sunset photo of the harbor in Lahaina, Maui.  Unfortunately, my iPhone barely does it justice.IMG_2336

xo-Jamie