THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND MORE
On Monday we decided to drive to the ‘Garden of Eden’ Arboretum which was half way on the road to Hana. We drove that road all the way to Hana on one of our previous trips to Maui and it was quite an experience. Nothing but twists and turns for almost 20 miles. You can imagine what it is like if it is only twenty miles and the travel guide says that it takes at least 21/2 hours to get there. Having done so many years ago, we didn’t think about the first half of the road being twisty and turny but at least half of it was. However, it was worth it because the flora and the overlooks to the ocean and the waterfall was quite spectacular. The vegetation was all tropical and there were also Peacocks, Ducks and Geese to observe as well.
One section was called the Enchanted Forest and the entrance to it had all these cute and clever talismans hanging from the trees and foliage. My favorite sign was the one that said ‘SMILE’!
Even though there was no Rainbow present this day the view was still beautiful. We were able to gaze out over the ocean for miles – much further than it looks in the photo.
In addition to the Flora there were Ducks, Geese and Peacocks. There was a feeding station for the Ducks and Geese and when I went to put some quarters in the feed dispensers those ducks were right there waiting to be fed.
Situated at the exit of the Garden is a small café which sold Wraps & Spring Rolls along with drinks and Chips. Ev had the Turkey Wrap and I had the Vegetable Spring Roll. The Café was operated by two Thai women and the food tended towards Thai flavors, something which I thoroughly love.
On the way down the hill from the Garden of Eden I decided to take a video of the vegetation along the road. It looks like we were going really fast down the hill but in reality we were only going about 35 miles per hour. Unfortunately I could not upload the videos to this blog so will post them on Facebook with the link to this blog.