The journey of Shane Eubanks and Crystal Alred
Decisions decisionsâ€¦that was how Saturday got started. I wanted to go to breakfast at The Plantation House that I had heard so much about and Crystal wanted to lay out at the pool. Somehow I ended up winning and we went to breakfast! After we got there, I think she was glad we went because the view and the food was amazing. The restaurant is on a golf course where the first PGA (pro golf) tournament of the season is held every year. Itâ€™s on a hill that overlooks the island, the golf course, and the ocean with a view of other islands in the distance. Itâ€™s just stunning. Check out the photos by clicking on any pic over on the top-right of this page. I ordered crabcakes benedict and she got Hawaiian sweetbread French toast with bananas. Then we got a side of fresh pineapple with cinnamon sour cream sauce. The food was out of this world. We had the best seat in the house which was in the corner by the windows overlooking all of Hawaiiâ€¦simply amazing.
After breakfast we headed to the Westin Spa for a couples massage. She went to the ladies locker room and I went to the menâ€™s to get ready. Inside the locker room was a robe, slippers (or slippahs as they say here in Maui), and all sorts of gels and soaps to shower and get ready with. I tried about everything they had and sprayed offâ€¦.then tried more stuffâ€¦cause, heck, it was free! We then met up in the spa lounge area and went to a room that had candlelight and soft music playing. We laid on massage tables side-by-side and was treated to a 50 minute full-body massage. WOW. Iâ€™ve never had one before, so I was making some oohâ€™s and ahhâ€™sâ€¦the lady told me to be quiet. I triedâ€¦
The massage was incredible and was a nice end to a GREAT week in Maui. Iâ€™ll never be able to give Crystal a massage that comes close to comparing, but I think I can hack the candlelight and music at leastâ€¦
After the massage we came back to the resort and went snorkeling. We saw some large sea turtles and lots of fish. We even got to see the unofficial state fishâ€¦the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Say that 6 times fastâ€¦heckâ€¦just say it once! We snapped up a ton of pics with our underwater cameras, so hopefully they turn out ok. After the snorkeling adventure, we laid by the pool for a bit and soaked up some more Maui sun.
We asked around for a good place to eat dinner that had a variety of foodâ€¦.Crystal needed some chicken after all the seafood weâ€™ve had. We decided on Longhiâ€™s, which is mostly Italian with a load of variety. If you ever get the chance to go to Longhiâ€™s in Mauiâ€¦I wouldnâ€™t suggest it. The service was slow and the food was way overpriced and blandâ€¦I swear I could whip something up tastier and you all know how I donâ€™t cook! Crystal never got a coke she ordered (but she was originally charged for it) and she sent her food back causeâ€¦wellâ€¦it had no taste. My fish was $36 for just the fish! Their food is a la carte, which means you donâ€™t get anything with it. Not exactly my idea of a â€œmealâ€. If anything, it made leaving Maui just a BIT easier.
After leaving Longhiâ€™s, Crystal spotted a McDonaldâ€™s and craved a burger. I pulled in and she was a happy camper. We even snapped a pic of a special menu item here in Hawaiiâ€¦spam. Yepâ€¦McDonaldâ€™s sells spam, eggs, and rice as a breakfast item! Hawaiians didnâ€™t think it was as funny as we did. Apparently they grew up on it dating back to WWII. It seems the military used up the majority of Hawaiiâ€™s livestock and gave the communities spam in return. Hawaiians enjoyed it so much that they raised their kids on it and now itâ€™s just a cultural delicacy. Whatever the story, itâ€™s still funny to see it on a McDonaldâ€™s menu! Ohâ€¦and, no, they donâ€™t have a McSpam sandwichâ€¦
Weâ€™re currently packing up to head back home and I canâ€™t say that either of us are exactly excited. Weâ€™re going to soak up some more sun at the pool tomorrow and grab dinner before heading to the airport. Our plane leaves at 9:50 (2:50am back home) and weâ€™ll be back in GA around 2pm on Monday afternoon. Weâ€™re looking forward to seeing family and friends againâ€¦â€¦..but donâ€™t be surprised if we try to get you all to move down to Mauiâ€¦or at least visit us when we move here! Ha! Weâ€™re already trying to figure out when we can come back. This place is just paradise.