We may be in the grips of winter here in Canada, but there’s no reason you can’t set your sights on trekking somewhere warm with your Girl Guide unit.
Three years ago I asked my Pathfinders where they wanted to travel to. The girls had to pick a destination and then pitch it to the rest of the unit. The winning destination was Maui. This, however, was not a suntanning vacation. It was packed full of adventure, exploration, and new experiences. Based on the original presentation the planning began. No we couldn’t go cliff diving, scuba diving, or parasailing, but that didn’t stand in our way of creating adventure and fun. After lots of cookie selling and fundraising our trip became reality.
Accommodation for this adventure was not a posh resort but a residential campsite on a beach. From our A-frame wooden cabins we could hear the sounds of the waves on the beach and the geckos chirping in the cabins. Camping allowed us to keep our budget tight and we could prepare most of our own meals.
Planned adventure came in the way of a rainforest hike to spectacular waterfalls and drop pools; learning to surf the waves without going hulihuli; snorkeling with sea turtles; kayaking over one-of-a kind corals; visiting a pineapple plantation; spending the day at the Maui Ocean Centre and feeding the turtles and hammerhead sharks; volunteering with the Pacific Whale Foundation removing invasive Mexican Weeping Pine; watching a sunset from atop Mount Halilakala; and visiting with a Girl Scouts Troop from Maui.
One of the things that I learned on this trip was not to over fill the agenda. As a result, we had so many serendipitous adventures that weren’t planned. Our rainforest hike guide was a former high school teacher who was more than happy to share her knowledge of the island. She picked fruits and other delights such as bamboo and ginger for us to sample and taste along our hike.
She also told us of some petroglyphs that were just up the hill from where our campsite was located. Exploration to the petroglyphs also yielded us a glimpse of a barn owl that had chosen to nest in the rocks above the petroglyphs.
On the Friday afternoon we discovered a Boy Scout troop had set up tent camp in the campsite next to ours. After a friendly conversation with their leaders we invited them to join us at our campfire.
The extra time also allowed us to explore different life guarded beaches, watch the meteor shower from atop Mount Halilakala, discover the Blow Holes, visit a Sugar Plant Museum, and a Glass Blowing factory.
So if you’re looking for adventure, there is so much possible in a trip to Maui.
By guest blogger Adette Lacerte. Adette is passionate about travelling, both in her personal life and through Girl Guides. Prior to this summer she has travelled with Pathfinders/Rangers to Switzerland and Paris as well as completed a road trip to Tofino.