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Here Today, Gone To…

Here Today, Gone To…


Maui, Hawaii

“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”

– Mary Davis


I hope 2019 is off to a great start for you! I am so grateful to have been able to spend a week in Maui…relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing and much eating, of course. I had never been to the island before but was wowed at first sight. I went with my friend, Alison, and then my friend, Nina, came over from the Big Island to join us for a few days.

Here are some snaps from our adventures:

Alison & MA, Day One


Maui sunset on “Kam 2” beach


Cool shot of sharks at the Maui Ocean Centre


Waves crashing on rocks at edge of “Kam 2”


MA, Alison & Nina beachin’ it


Another stunning sunset
Check out the breaching whale on the far right!


Other sunset admirers

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, by brother, George, his wife, Donna, and their eldest daughter, Laura, were on Sadie-duty.

George giving Sadie a tummy scratch 🙂

Sadie injured her shoulder very badly in mid-January (in a big bark-off with dogs on the other side of a fence) and underwent “platelet replacement therapy” three days before I left for Maui. So no kennel for her! Thank goodness my family was able to care for her while I was away. Unfortunately, Sadie is still in pretty rough shape 🙁

We have now left Okotoks, AB and are heading back to Vancouver Island…very slowly!

Maryanne Pope is the author of A Widow’s Awakening, the playwright of Saviour and the screenwriter of God’s Country. Maryanne is CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. If you would like to receive her regular weekly blog, please sign up here. As a thank you, you’ll receive a short but saucy e-book entitled, Dive into this Chicago Deep Dish – Ten Bite-Sized Steps for a Yummier Slice of Life.

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8 thoughts on “Here Today, Gone To…”

  1. Oh dear Sadie! I hope she heals well, even if slowly. Give her a scritch for me.
    Can she get in and out of your car without hurting herself (or you)? She’s so lucky to have you for a Mom.
    Would welcome a visit when you get back to the Island. Safe travels.
    Hugs to you both,

  2. I wish Sadie a speedy recovery. I was in Maui a no. of years ago in Jan. and remember the whales out in the ocean. I stayed at a timeshare, a pink one which you might have noticed if staying close by at Kaanapali Beach.

  3. Oh very nice! We did drive up to Kaanapali area one day and I think I saw the pink hotel. I loved seeing the whales, especially at sunset!

    Hope you are well 🙂

  4. Hi Pamela! We are in pretty good shape with a system of getting her in and out of the car. Plus she got a new harness that is a huge help…it has 2 handles on it. I can’t wait to walk with you at Island View again…am hoping Sadie will be able to join us for a short walk in the next month or so!
    Take care,

  5. Yes…a blast of warmth & sunshine & splashing about in the sea in the middle of winter is VERY much appreciated. I felt like a cat soaking up the sun 🙂

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