Happy new year from San Francisco

Technically it’s already a bit too late.. but happy new year ! I will be in San Francisco this week for the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. It is one of the key healthcare events in the US with very interesting presentations and discussions. The weather today was OK but it might get a bit rainy later in the week. The hotel is quite nice : right outside Fisherman’s Wharf.

Snorkeling at Molokini

We got up fairly early this morning to go snorkeling at Molokini. Molokini is a partially submerged volcano crater that last erupted more than a hundred thousand years ago. We sailed over to Molokini on a boat. The water is incredibly clear so it is very easy to see and swim around the underwater reef. There were many fish on the reef but we also sailed a bit outside Molokini to see the main attraction: sea turtles.

On the boat, we met the writer for the TV series Supergirl. It’s one of the series Lexie and I have been watching together. Her name is Jessica Queller and she was with her daughter snorkeling as well.

Morimoto

We had a lazy day. We walked along the beach to get breakfast this morning. Did some shopping in the early afternoon and wrote some postcards. We had an omakase dinner at Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant nearby. The restaurant has the A5 Kobe beef as part of that menu and only a limited amount is available outside Japan. The dinner and the view from our table was excellent. Tomorrow will be a more active day but for now it’s was wonderfully lazy.

Zip lining Ka’anapali

We had a great time zip lining through the canyons and valleys of Ka’anapali. We did a total of 8 separate zip lines including one where we could go side-by-side. The views were amazing across the Pacific and the ocean breeze made it even better. The ride up the mountain was as adventurous as taking the zip line down. After we finished up we took a car to nearby Lahaina for an excellent shave ice while we watched the sun set.

We got back to the hotel to take a shower and to dress up a little for our Christmas Eve dinner. We talked about what we want, respectively wanted, to do when we grow up.

Lahaina

Yesterday, despite using factor 70 sunscreen liberally, I still ended up with some sunburn. Today therefore we decided to go out to a nearby town rather than catch more waves and sun rays at the beach / pool. We took a car to Lahaina which has a very nice art district. Today there was outdoor art as well underneath the huge 150 year old Banyan tree; the largest one in the US.

We learned that Maui is the 3rd largest art market in the US; we even saw an art store that sold Rembrandt etches. We bought a few trinkets and gifts and had a nice lunch and a drink with an umbrella… one of the relaxing things about Hawaii.

Bumpy ride

Alexandra and I arrived in Hawaii today. We’re back in Maui, the place where we went to several years ago. The flight over was very bumpy due to some storm system but we landed safely after about a 6 hour flight. Tomorrow we’ll explore the hotel and especially the pools; there are supposed to be 10 in the hotel.