Monday, October 31, 2011

Love Those Halloween Faces

It wouldn't feel like Halloween without Katie and David's annual costume party!

 Evylee as the Princess that she is.

Bateman Ethan...

...who was much happier with his OWN face.

Audrey - cute as a bug!

David, Katie and girls as Utah Utes through and through!

We couldn't have THAT, so we came as BYU Cougars!



 David actually shaved his head, found a wheel chair, and went to school as Professor X from X-Men!
I can't believe he did it... But then again... maybe I can. His students LOVED it!

A.J. as Pinocchio, Joe as Geppetto, and Emily as the Blue Fairy.

Matthew as Jack Sparrow and Audrey as Elizabeth Swan

Sadie as Audrey Hepburn.

And our Super-hero, Payton!

Last Day on Maui

It's our last day on Maui. We attended church at the ward building just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road from our hotel. The cultural hall was filled with vacationers such as ourselves and included a couple from our stake and Randy's former employer, Scott, and his wife Dianne.

The hotel required an early 10:00 am checkout, so when we returned, Wayne and Marsha were ready to hit the road. We had a few hours before airport check-in time, so we drove up and over the top of the island to areas that we had not yet visited... until we checked the gas gauge, which was on empty, and we had to pray our way back to civilization and a gas station.

Spotted wild peacocks along the roadside.

Visited the spectacular Tao Needle.

Experienced a spectacular "above the clouds" sunset as we made our way to the Honolulu Airport...

And then home on the red-eye.

Thank you again for the amazing Hawaiian Adventure, Wayne and Marsha. 
What memories we bring home!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Nicole and Joey's Maui Wedding

Potts had a Facebook Friend declare she was getting married on the beach in Maui. Potts let her know that he was going to be there too! She was tickled and booked him as her wedding photographer!

We experienced our first Native Hawaiian Minister with his Island Wedding Customs

Congratulations to Nicole and Joey!

Photographic Study - Second Visit to Secret Cove

Photographic Study - Rainbow Eucalyptus

I've mentioned these amazing trees before. We found a park full of them on Kuai last trip. Wayne has photographed them previously here on Maui, and knew right where to take us.

This evening, there was an actual rainbow at the rainbow eucalyptus.

Here are Pott's favorites - Don't you just LOVE the colors?

Photographic Study - Bamboo Forest and Waimoku Falls

On Wednesday, we took the famous Road to Hana.  Over 600 curves and 50 one-lane bridges! Fifty two miles took us about two and one-half hours to traverse. We stopped the car only a couple of times because yours truly begged to photograph of a couple of the numerous waterfalls we drove by. 

The men had their sights on the Bamboo Forest of Haleakala National Park and made a B-line for that. I couldn't be this close to what used to be called the "Seven Sacred Pools" and not even see them, so while the men hiked up to the Bamboo Forest, I hiked down to the pools.

And so did everyone else!

Too many bodies for me! I went the other way to a spectacular view of the ocean...

... then headed up the Pipiwai Trail to meet up with the men.

A picturesque trail and for the most part, I had it all to myself!

Fifteen minutes into the hike, I realized I should have packed some water! I was getting parched! The men hadn't packed any either, and they were toting all their camera equipment! Note to self: If you ever come again, bring WATER!

A giant Banyon Tree loomed before me. There is no way of showing just how big it really was in a photograph, so you'll just have to trust me; it was GINORMOUS!

About a mile up the trail, I finally came to the unmistakable Bamboo Forest and met some hikers coming down. "Have you seen a coupe of VERY SERIOUS photographers?" I asked. "Yup! They're up around the corner a little ways."

The bamboo forest is incredible. A path has been swathed and a boardwalk built right in the middle. The foliage is so thick that there is very little light inside and as the breeze hits the bamboo, the shoots knock against each other creating mystical music.

I found the men doing what they do.

We didn't stop at the Bamboo Forest, but ventured another .6 miles up. Not all trails have a PRIZE at the end of the path, but this one does!

Waimoku Falls

Of course I ignored the "Falling Rocks" warning and went right up to the bottom of the falls to feel the spray on my face. Ahhhh....
No. I didn't jump into the pool; but I WANTED to!

Took the less traveled way back around rather than the Road from Hana. Drove on dirt for about fifteen miles then had paved road the rest of the way. It really wasn't as bad as some would have believed and saved us a good hour.

Here are Pott's favorite images of the day: