Throwback Thursday – Flashback Friday again.

Throwback Thursday! Flashback Friday!

Feeling grateful as I look at old photographs. Remembering the many trips and vacations I was fortunate to take and the wonderful places I visited growing up. Here are just a few:

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

Every year, Grandma would take all the grandkids to Anaheim for 2 days at Disneyland and a night at the Disneyland Hotel. Grandma also took me on many trips: Glacier National Park, Montana, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton and all across Canada, London and Scotland. And of course Chicago and New York City:

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

I also traveled a lot with my family. Vacations to New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Philadelphia in 1976 during the nation’s Bicentennial; Hawaii, Big Sur, Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, Lake Tahoe and northern California, San Diego, the Grand Canyon and “Four Corners”, Chicago, Kenosha, a very weird Thanksgiving in Arizona, Mammoth, Palm Springs (where my Grandparents retired), Park City, Utah and even Las Vegas.

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn ranch

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn Ranch in Northern California!

Scuba diving in Hawaii!

Scuba diving in Kona on the Big Island Hawaii!

Big Sur 1975 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Hiking in Big Sur, California 1975

Camping in Yosemite

Camping in Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

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#TBT: Sunset Cruising in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 1994

#TBT: Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Lahaina Princess in Maui, Hawaii

Throwback Thursday! 1994: On the dock at Lahaina Harbor, ready to board the Lahaina Princess, for a Sunset Dinner Cruise, in Maui, Hawaii!

Lahaina Princess - Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Princess – Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yes, it’s a total tourist thing to do….and we were gifted with FREE activities! All we had to do was attend a Timeshare presentation. We didn’t buy a timeshare, but we did get the Sunset Cruise, a Sailboat/Snorkel Excursion and a free breakfast out of the deal.

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui! The View from the Sunset Dinner Cruise – Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii

We boarded the boat, and were seated with another couple on the open air top deck. The Mai Tais were included with dinner and the cruise, so we were drunk before we left the dock I think. We quickly made friends with the other couple over the drinks. The meal was okay, to the best of my recollection, but the Mai Tais were great and everyone was in a party mood!

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai

MAI TAI: Serve on the rocks, poured over ice in a highball (or any other cocktail) glass. Ingredients: 8 parts white rum, 4 parts dark rum, 3 parts orange curaçao, 3 parts Orgeat syrup, & 2 parts fresh lime juice. Shake all ingredients except the dark rum with ice. Preparation: Strain into glass, float dark rum onto the top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz jigger spiced rum, 1.5 oz jigger coconut-flavored rum, 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup, 3 oz pineapple juice & 2 oz orange juice. Preparation: Pour into glass over ice, stir, float dark rum on top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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There was live music onboard, the atmosphere was romantic, and it was a lot of fun. We cruised around on the Pacific ocean, with beautiful views of the harbor and island, had dinner, watched the gorgeous golden tropical sunset, and then returned to the dock. It was a pleasant excursion and I recommend it if you want to get “hammered” on a boat in Hawaii.

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Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – View from the Lanai – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)