Sunday, March 9, 2014

9/31 Someone Forgot to Tell the Whales

It didn't feel like Christmas
       flip flops
         shirt sleeves
All these are summer things

Our first full day on Maui was Christmas Day. We had decided before we went that we would need to do something special on Christmas because we knew we'd miss our families and traditions. 

A dinner cruise on the ocean seemed to fit the bill.

They told us it might be chilly, to bring a sweater or light jacket. Trust me, to hardy midwesterners, used to below zero wind chills, it was a beautiful night.

A gorgeous sunset painted the sky and the ocean with brilliant colors. Everywhere I looked, the oranges and reds transformed the view around us.
It was peaceful, relaxing, an amazing part of our trip. It didn't seem like it could get any better....

And then someone saw the whales....

December is very early in the whale season in Hawaii, which runs from mid-January through mid-March.  Everyone said we may not see any, they'd be hard to find. 

Someone forgot to tell the whales.

We saw whales every time we were on the ocean (and dolphins too), but these were our first. 

Our Christmas Whales


  1. Oh thanks for giving me a little warmth today as well as a very cool memory. About 4 years ago on a trip to Seattle Washington we were lucky to see the whales playing in the ocean as well. Truly a magnificent moment!

  2. beautiful. Fun to read as you reminisced. I watched the video all the way through and enjoyed the background music with ambient noises. It was a lovely companion piece.

    1. The performer who was our dinner entertainment quit singing and just played the background music as we all oohed and ahhed over the whales. Perfect.

  3. I loved reading this post -- so conversational, like sitting around you watching the gems from your suitcase being revealed one by one. Your slice made me feel warm. As a fellow Midwesterner, you know how lovely this is :).

  4. Whales are amazing creatures and what a special treat to celebrate Christmas Day. Thanks for sharing the pictures too - so beautiful and wonderful memories.

  5. That was a treat, Deb - I felt I was there on the cruise boat, enjoying the view, good company, and those awesome whales. Thank you!

  6. Oh my, so magical, & they came so close. We saw whales once outside of Boston when I was there with students-awesome. Your Christmas whales-love it, and the other pics too, Deb!

  7. I love your Christmas whales! What a happy memory.

  8. Ahhh Maui and whales! How wonderful for Christmas! The pictures are gorgeous.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! What a memory to have forever!