Hawaiian Upcountry Adventures Day 8: Maui Ocean Center, A Picnic on Top of Haleakala Volcano, Surfing Goat Dairy Farm, and Mom’s Amazing Salad [RECIPE]
Good Morning Beautiful People! ❤
Whew! Today’s blog post is going to have lots of pictures because yesterday we were out all day long. Yes, it was upcountry day and so it was a special adventure seeing all of the inland Maui places. We began our adventure at the Maui Ocean Center. This aquarium is small, but definitely worth the visit. We loved seeing sea turtles being fed, a special presentation by the marine biologists who were in scuba gear inside the shark tank, and we even walked through a glass tunnel where we were completely surrounded by fish and sharks! It was awesome. Here’s some pictures from our visit to the aquarium….
That little octopus was so neat to look at! He was swimming around when all of a sudden he shot to the bottom of his tank and camouflaged in with the rocks and changed color! It was so cool 🙂
Then we hopped back in the car and drove all the way up to the top of Haleakala Volcano. This dormant volcano is quite the drive but so worth it once you get to the crater. It took us about 1.5 hrs to drive up the mountain as the switchbacks get more frequent and steep as you near the top. Along the way there were elevation signs letting us know how high up we were. In total, at the crater we were 10,023 feet up! The air was so thin and it took us a moment to adjust to the change in altitude!
We were used to the heat and humidity on the island. But up on top of the volcano it was cold! (59 degrees F!) So be sure to pack a coat if you decide to visit and drive to the top. Now let’s talk about the view. It was breathtaking! We were literally above the clouds looking at a giant crater and everything below. I was giddy with excitement!
The wind was whipping as we walked around on top of the thin soil. I think everyone was getting hungry and thankfully we packed sandwiches and fruit, so as we hopped back in the car we chowed down as we slowly made our way back down the mountain. Towards the last 1/3 of the mountain, (where people actually live!), there was another popular spot we had to visit: Surfing Goat Dairy Farm.
Yes, just as the name suggests the farm was filled with donated surfboards… and goats who love to climb on them! These goats are especially well cared for, so much so that they regularly rotate the goats between various pastures to ensure that they have adequate space to roam and food to eat. These goats looked so happy and thoroughly enjoyed being loved on by everyone in our walking tour group! (I loved loving on them too! hehehe! 🙂 ).
Even the Noob Chef Junior loved petting the goats. They were so docile, they happily stood and relished being rubbed and loved on. It melted our hearts….
Finally it was time to go home. After tasting samples of their in-house goat cheese and waving goodbye to the beautiful animals we set off. The sun was setting and we were all bushed. Mom made a giant salad that I’ve been craving daily since I’ve been here. So here is the recipe for my mom’s amazing house salad. I hope you all enjoy this recipe. Stay tuned for more of our Hawaiian adventures everyone and as always, keep on cooking! ❤
Mom’s House Salad
- 1 head lettuce, washed and torn into bite sized pieces
- 2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado, diced
- 3 mini cucumbers, sliced
- Several dashes of McCormick Lemon Pepper seasoning
- 1 can black olives, drained
- 1/4 cup grated Romano cheese
Newman’s Balsamic Parmesan, drizzled and tossed throughout
** BONUS RECIPE! **
My mom’s husband made this AMAZING guacamole last night. It was fast, easy, and all of the ingredients you can usually find in your cupboard. Enjoy everyone! ❤
- 1/4 cup of Pace Picante Medium Salsa
- 4 Hass avocados, mashed
- Several dashes of paprika, turmeric, garlic powder, and ground cumin
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- Mash the avocado, and mix in the salsa, seasonings, salt, and black pepper. Taste as you go. That’s what Glenn did! 🙂 Serve with chips and enjoy!