Our journey to Maui took us on a slightly different flight path this time, as we intentionally opted to travel through San Francisco International Airport instead of Los Angeles International Airport. The more I fly through SFO, the more I like it and appreciate what it has to offer. It is such a great airport with awesome traveler comforts, like comfortable seating areas, great shops and restaurants and many electrical outlets to recharge a phone or laptop and easy gate connections, at least for what we’ve needed in the past. If possible, we will likely connect through SFO on any future trips when possible, too.
Let me add how very difficult it is to stay on a low-carb eating plan while in San Francisco, the home of Boudin, even when at the airport there. I love how so many airports these days really reflect the food culture of their area in a quality way, and SFO is a great example. I took a one-week break during this special trip and made a vow to walk as much as I could while we were gone to help mitigate the effects of that decision, with good results.
We did not see our bay area kids on this trip, which was the only sad part of the trip for me. It was all the worse when our plane flew right over the area where they live, too. I was just there a month earlier, though, so I really should not complain.
For me, the highlight of the flight to Maui was the most amazing golden hour over the Pacific Ocean. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen such a magnificent display of transitional color from an airplane window, or anywhere else for that matter. I literally watched the sky and ocean go from their normal hues to varying golden shades over the course of about thirty minutes, snapping pictures with my trusty camera phone. Yes, I am that annoying person that routinely takes pictures from my window on the airplane, even though in this case, I doubt my photos can even begin to accurately convey what I saw. Watching the Belt of Venus appear and then disappear was just fabulous.
I had no clue at the time that this was going to just be the first of many amazing times at sunset for us during our week in Maui. We made a point to be in some great viewing spots each evening around sunset as much as possible, and what a memorable time we enjoyed every single evening. Our sunset memories will definitely be one of my special memories from this trip, and I’m looking forward to sharing those experiences here soon!