Monday, Monday

Aloha!

It seems Monday is the day people most often dream of running off to an island where the living will be easy.

Every day when Mike goes to work as the Captain of The Scotch Mist (www.scotchmistsailingcharters.com/) out of Lahaina Harbor, some tourist will say, “Wow, you must have the best job in the world!”

So here is a look at Mike’s day. First up, the Hawaiian monk seal on the beach in front of his friend Barry’s house, where he often stops off before work:

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Being a monk seal must be hard work, because he needed a nap

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Then, onto the boat. They are still seeing whales this late in the year on the whale watches
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And then there are the champagne sunset sails (well, everyone but Mike and the crew gets champagne…)

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From the outside looking in, yes, Mike’s job looks perfect to many. He’s basically getting paid to live a Jimmy Buffett song, right?

But scratch the surface and you will find long, long days in the hot, hot sun. And the skin cancer that required 30 stitches in his left cheek. During the busy whale season (January-April) he might leave the house at 7 am and not get home till 9 pm. And although his commute isn’t bad, it does take 50 minutes.

Sometimes boat trips get canceled due to not enough passengers. So he might have a snorkel trip that’s over at 1 pm but the evening sail doesn’t start till 5 pm, with no sail in between. He’s sitting in Lahaina with no work–a “split shift”, and not paid for those extra hours.

If there are no trips scheduled yet for a workday, he is home but on call. Like a doctor, but without the fabulous wages…yet still responsible for twenty-five lives. He can’t really go anywhere or do anything, because he might “get a trip.”

But in all, when he’s actually on the water behind the wheel he’s loving life. So, all in a days’ work, eh?

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Hope wherever you are, and whatever you do, you’re having a good Monday.

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Aloha, Jamaica

Maui Voted Best Island

Aloha,
If you’re in the winter doldrums and need a pick-me-up (or a reason to dream), here is a link to some of the most fabulous photos of Maui that I’ve seen. The baby and Mama whale tales? Have never seen this shot captured before…

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/15/maui-best-island_n_4102707.html

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And then of course, the article is pointing out that Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Maui the #1 island in the WORLD for twenty years straight! These pictures say it all.

Come see us! Mike (“Captain Turk”) will be happy to take you out on a whale-watching tour on the Scotch Mist out of Lahaina Harbor. I hear he’s quite entertaining…and can regale you with legendary surfing stories, or talk about the time the huge surf took out all the houses on the beach on Oahu’s North Shore and his whole neighborhood had to evacuate (these same houses are being threatened again at this very moment from high surf. Such is the price of beachfront property).

Maui…no kai oi! (Maui is the BEST!)

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Aloha, Jamaica