This was the highlight of my day:
I’m sure this is going to sound strange, but jumping off that 20-something-foot rock was much more . . . what’s the word . . . scary (??) than when I went skydiving a few years ago. The whole skydiving experience was cool, but kinda made me shrug. Maybe it was that the distance from 11,000 feet to the ground was incomprehensible, you know? But man, standing on that rock, knowing that I could slip and break my head, and seeing the water down below . . . it just felt extremely real.
The hardest thing about it was the climb to get up there, and like an idiot, I made the mistake of doing it barefoot the first time. After I swam back to the beach, I grabbed my flip flops along with Martha’s waterproof camera, and I documented the trek back to the top. Here’s what it looked like as I started out . . .
. . . and here’s where I had to go once I climbed the steep slope of lava-rocks:
After I made it bit farther out, I took a photo of the beach. (This is Kaanapali Beach in West Maui, BTW — a short drive from where we’re staying.) The red arrow below shows the umbrella where my mom was chillin’:
After I jumped, Martha swam out and met me and got her camera. Then I found an easier path to the top (which involved climbing directly out of the water onto the rocks). After seeing her pics of me climbing up . . .
. . . and then jumping off . . .
. . . I’ve concluded that I look like the main character from “Powder” (which is seriously one of the greatest movies of all time).
Anyway, after wrapping things up at the beach and changing into nicer clothes, we took a one-hour drive to a town called Pai’a. On the way, we passed beautiful beaches . . .
. . . and ugly areas that looked like anywhere . . .
. . . and gorgeous mountains:
We ended up on Kanaha Beach . . .
. . . and checked out the kite-boarders for a bit.
Then we went to a fancy dinner here:
It’s called Mama’s Fish House, and it was situated on one of the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen:
As for the meal . . . wow. I don’t consider myself a foodie, but this was too good *not* to make me giddy. I started with an appetizer of Polynesian beef on a grilled Hana papaya:
For my main course, I had mahimahi stuffed with lobster and crab, baked in a macadamia nut crust:
And then I ate most of these two desserts — banana/macadamia crisp and chocolate/caramel cake:
On the way out, I noticed a wall with signed photos of celebrities who’ve been to Mama’s over the years, and look — there were some baseball players:
If you click the photo above, you can zoom way in and see what Robby Thompson and Will Clark wrote. Can anyone guess the player on the bottom right?