It is a beautiful morning on Maui. The fluffy clouds look like pink
cotton candy as the sun rises. I love the view from my kitchen window
of majestic Haleakala. Today, as most mornings, it is perfectly clear
and the whole side of the island is blanketed in the shadow of
When you are out on the water, looking back at the island, the majestic size and power of Haleakala is inspiring. Almost all of the pictures of Haleakala are from the top looking down. bbronco is the only one on Flickr that came close to capturing Haleakala from the ocean. I remember a conversation that I had on a whale boat with a very inquisitive 9-year old. He was fearful of the depth of the ocean. I explained that the average water depth in the channel was only 350 feet. Ok, that seems deep, even to us divers! But when you look up and see 10,023 feet of Haleakala, 350 feet seems like stepping down a single step of a very long staircase.
This morning I am thankful for being here on Maui. There is only one other place I’d like to be and that is with Dad in Florida. Like Haleakala, he has always been there for us kids. Steadfast and rarely changing, he blesses us with the shadow of his knowledge and values. Over the years I’ve come to realize what a true blessing my Dad is. Families change and go through lots of dramas. We share joy and sadness. We are thousands of miles apart but still close. Our communication methods have continually evolved through phone calls, emails, instant messaging, blogs, FaceBook and Twitter…what is next!
A while ago, a friend told me that I am a rock…steady and always positive about what will happen next even in the worst of times. My first thought when she said that is “I’d rather be fun and exciting”; I always want to be better! My second thought was
“I get that from my Dad!“
Here’s to my wonderful Dad…
This is a picture from Dad’s slides that I scanned and am still processing…little by little. Now I’ve got Flickr set up and can post a few at a time! And Adobe LightRoom is making cleanup much easier!