Road to Hāna

Road to Hana on Island of Maui

Our first big adventure during our trip to Maui was the Road to Hāna, and beyond. I knew I wanted us to drive around the entire eastern side of Maui, if not for any other reason than to be able to say we did. At 10AM, we started our drive from Wailea a little late. The road began as a two lane semi-curved highway that turned into hair pin turns and switchbacks shortly after the small town of Paia. We stopped at Twin Falls Farm Stand to hike to Twin Falls, but the trail leading up was closed due to higher than normal water levels. We stopped at a couple of other places along the way, including the grove of Rainbow Eucalyptus trees, and a Bamboo Forest. The Bamboo forest was very muddy and didn’t seem easy to do with Søren, so we pressed on.

Once we made it to Hāna, we made the obligatory stop at Waiʻānapanapa State Park to see the blow hole and black sand beach. We also saw the Waiʻānapanapa freshwater cave. It was very beautiful and definitely did not disappoint. We had to pass on the Red Sand Beach because we didn’t have cell signal and weren’t very prepared to find it. After a quick plate at Braddah Hutts, we pressed on. The Seven Sacred pools / Bamboo Forest were pretty crowded, and not worth a stop for us, as we already spent quite a bit of time on other stops and didn’t want to drive the rest of the way in the dark.

Road to Hana on Island of Maui

Best Beach Toys

Best Beach Toys for Baby, Toddler, or Kids

1. Squidivers / 2. Hape Hand Digger (blue, similar) / 3. Packable Pails / 4. Kid O Cuppi / 5. Zoe B Organic Beach Set / 6. Haba Baudino Sand Bucket Scooter / 7. Quut Alto Beach Toy / 8. Quut Triplet Beach Toy / 9. Quut Scoppi Beach Toy / 10. Quut Ballo Beach Bucket / 11. Biobu Animo Sand Toy Set / 12. Quut Starfish Beach Toy

If you follow me on instagram, you’d know that our beach trips didn’t stop in Maui. We’ve basically been making it down to the beach during every possible opportunity to escape the heat wave we’re having, and because we love the beach. In the past we used to haul every sand toy we own with us in a mesh laundry bag, but now we’ve paired it down quite a bit. I’ve rounded up some of our personal favorites, along with some of the best beach toys for a baby, toddler, or older child.

Twin Lakes Beach

Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz, California

Every year we try to make one beach trip as a last Summer outing before things settle down for school. Where did the summer go? I’m already doing my back-to-school shopping. While we did go to Maui this summer, we’re definitely still hooked on the beachy vibes. We’ve been to the beach three times since we came home and might try to squeeze in a few more. My mom joined the boys and I to Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz, California. We’ve made this beach our last hurrah in Summer’s past, and this time was no different. The water was so vividly blue, and the weather was perfect.

Twin Lakes Beach in Santa Cruz, California

West Cliff Drive

White Beach Dress

Cuyana Summer Hat / Indah Penda Maxi Dress c/o Swim Outlet / Ray Ban Clubmaster Shades

Since we came home from Maui, we’ve found ourselves at the beach a few times. It gets us out of the heat and into the cool ocean breezes. This is one of my favorite spots along West Cliff Drive, a little farther away from the busier spots. I love flowy dresses like the one I’m wearing from Swim Outlet because they are so easy to throw on over a swimsuit, and leave plenty of room to sprawl out in the sand without getting sand everywhere. This one just feels so light and airy, though I will say that it does run quite large. You can shop the look above.

Santa Cruz East Cliff Drive

Travel Favorites On Sale

Travel Favorites on Sale

I know that everyone loves a great deal, so I’m sharing some of my favorite travel-well items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale today. While not all of the items are directly related to travel, I can see that they would travel well and they’re definitely on my travel favorites wishlist. I really love this striped top, and think I’m going to try to pick up the tech organizer because as of now I just toss everything in a bag. Shop below!

What are some of your favorites? Do you have anything special on your travel wishlist?