|Many stops require a hike through narrow paths.|
Near 2pm, we found ourselves at the Black Sand Beach. Unlike the one we experienced on The Big Island, this one was more of a tourist spot. It was in the middle of a state park, and there wasn’t much to it.
One thing that was really interesting about it was that it wasn’t sand at all. As you walk into the water, the ground changes from large black river rocks to black pebbles to black stones no larger than about 2 millimeters. It made for a completely different texture as you walked through it.
The Little Man could have cared less what he walking on. All he cared about was that he was back in the water!
By the time the rest of the group was ready to move on, it was obvious to Tim and I that it was time for us to go our separate ways and head on back. Our backseat passenger still hadn’t napped, and with it taking us almost 5 hours to reach the halfway point, we knew it was going to take at least 2 hours to get home; which put us pulling in around 6pm.
So, the rest of the group continued on to see the actual town of Hana, the Red Sand Beach, and 7 Sacred Pools, while we started our journey home.
We made it back in just over 2 1/2 hours; only having to stop twice to allow my stomach to settle. Fortunately, we had a more pleasant drive as the Little Man couldn’t handle anymore and finally crashed and slept the entire way home.
This gave Tim and I time alone for the first time on our vacation to talk and laugh and just be together.
At one of our stops near Paia, we caught a glipse of the North Shore’s famous winds. I got out of the car to take some pictures of some windsurfers and sail surfers only to have my camera almost blown out of my hands. Had we been in Texas we would have been seeking shelter, but in Maui it’s the norm!