While my mother was here, we went for a car ride around the island, and saw many things. This is a close relation to the Afghanistanian Death Pepper. I believe the species is Afghani-Uzbekistaninian Death Pepper. It should be noted that the ADP, while not actually native to Afghanistan is highly poisonous, even fatal, as the name suggests. It grows wild in the high mountain slopes in the pacific northwest, and is known by sight to only me and my mother. My brother thinks he knows it but does not. Nuh-uhh!
This next shot is looking down from up on Maui, looking at Molokini. it is a little crater that sunk into the ocean, and has fantastic visibility.
Before that, Dad and I were going to go to Molokini, but the winds came up and it was blowing over 50 knots at times, with a waterspout! Dad was feeling sick from the plane ride, so I had the boat to myself, but Altair was performing wonderfully. I put a reef in the main, ran the small jib up the front and was trucking along when the wind came up some more... Then I was heeling over like a sidehill gouger on the wrong slope, when the wind came up some more! The angle of heel was so much that I couldn't really make headway, I could see my slick coming off the back of the boat at about 45 degrees, so I was pointed upwind but going sideways... So I did something I have never done before. I pulled down the jib, and ran up the storm jib. When I pulled down the jib the boat behaved very nicely, that is the "heave-to" position, where you sit if you want to weather a storm without trying to go anywhere. Except I wanted to go somewhere. So with the storm jib up everything was hunky-dory, and I made good headway to where we anchored. Except the wind soon died off and then came again in heaving gusts and it was frustrating to the point that my mainsail tore in half.
I need to get a new one now. I repaired it, but the shape is just so sad. The winds came down a little a few days later and we headed over to Lanai, went to that beach, surfed a little, then went to a little place around the corner and dove for a few days and now have come back to Lahaina. Tomorrow my brother arrives and we will drive around Maui some more, then we will sail some more after that.