A Maui vacation and poker (a mid-week report)
It's nice to get away and play tour guide in a paradise that I really know well, including one of my favorite snorkeling spots. Yesterday I took the gf along the curvy road to Hana, which included returning along the backside of the island -- Hana Highway to Piilani Highway to Kula Highway.
Pretty much my entire life this was never an option for tourists -- part of the highway there was considered too unimproved for rental cars and they would stamp warnings not to attempt the drive on your rental car contract. But now it's "passable" and pretty delightful with excellent views of the island and ocean.
Later this morning we're planning to see the sunrise at Haleakala Crater and take in a snorkeling boat tour to Molokini on Thursday. Friday we'll head out to one of my favorite places in the world, the Big Island and Volcanoes National Park before flying into Honolulu to see Gnome and his fiancee Friday night in one of the great Western cities.
On the plane I nearly finished reading Doyle Brunson's autobiography, The Godfather of Poker. Brunson has always been a great read, with his conversational and folksy style. This is watered down a bit, probably because of a co-writer, but it is well-layered with interesting facts that parallel his well-lived life.
Of course, reading it makes me want to be back in Las Vegas but it's nice to read about it if I can't be there right away.