One of the last places my mom and I visited on Maui was Ali’i Kula Lavender, a beautiful farm in the hills. I was excited to visit when I found out about this place because I remembered all the beautiful lavender fields in France when I visited last summer and was hoping to see something like that here, too. In that respect I was disappointed because they just didn’t have any large lavender fields covered in purple at the time we were there. It was too early in the season. They did have a fun lavender scavenger hunt that I’m guessing usually kids try and find all the stamps for, but we did it anyway and then got free lavender cookies!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goats

A Maui-style photo adventure:

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E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden appears on just about every travel guide on Syracuse. So, we had to go see it.

Not a single rose.

Let’s try the nearby The Lily Pond.

 

No lily.

Our first impression of Syracuse was kind of disappointing. Maybe it was too early in the season. Maybe in Syracuse, plants don’t grow year-round like in Southern California. Too bad.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trail

A couple weeks back, the weather was really nice here in new haven! It was consistently 60-70s for an entire week. There has also been plenty of rain recently so it was the perfect combination for the flowers to bloom! I saw so many pretty flowers while walking around the Yale campus. The pictures do not do the flowers justice. It was so nice to have it feel like spring … at least temporarily … cause now its back to 40 degree weather =( oh east coast.

A spring flower photo adventure: