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Just couldn't help but respond to crickets 馃槈馃憤 I'm in Maine. Kinda the opposite of Hawaii lol

Aloha Pinkploop!

WOW!!! Maine! I've not been there yet, perhaps one day after this virus gets settled down, I can make it out there as well! Have not been to most of the East Coast, but want to go! I hope all is well with you and yours!

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Lol if you do travel the east coast my only advice is- avoid most tourist trap towns- especially Maine. The best places are the ones on with trailheads for atv/ snow mobile trails 馃槈 awesome hometown diners and no big city (think boston and new york) tourists talking over you about how much different everything tastes and smells 馃槀馃槀馃槀 you can get a feel for the real Maine that way. I'm jealous of you, Hawaii is so beautiful but too expensive for my retirement. I've only been to Pearl Harbor and the area around the naval yard visiting friends when they were on loan to the shipyard. Sorry so chatty lol
 

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Plinkploop, Mahalo (thank you) for the heads up with regards to visiting Maine! Don't know when I'll make it that far East, but I'll most certainly keep that in mind! Yes, I agree that Hawaii is expensive, but it really is difficult to imagine living anywhere else. I guess you kind of have to shift priorities. Living on a fixed income will most certainly be a challenge, though. I do hope that you find some room in your budget to make it out to Hawaii, even if it is for an extended visit!

Malama (Take Care)!
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I do have plans to travel once my youngest graduates and heads to college in 3 years. Hawaii and Alaska are on my list of "have to go again". Is there a specific place you think I should go? Very interested in a locals perspective.
 

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Plink, Let's start with what you are interested in and the time of year that you are planning on visiting. If things like whale watching are of interest, you will probably want to visit Hawaii Island, possibly Maui. Here on Oahu, we do occasionally see them, but not a guarantee. We would occasionally see the calves and an adult playing off of Sandy Beach, but those were rare instances that made us take a pause for the cause!

Hawaii is most certainly a food based culture, so you'll most certainly want to check around before you visit. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of hidden gem types of restaurants due to the COVID lockdowns and travel restrictions.

LMK if there are particular points of interest and I'll try to give you some recommendations!

Happy "Pre-Friday"!
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I definitely want to go scuba diving/ snorkeling and some intermediate level trail hiking (not opposed to 2-3 day hikes so long as transportation is available at the end of the hike) and I'd most likely be a spring or fall visitor (I try to avoid high tourism times- I don't tend to mix well with tourist minded individuals lol). I'm a young retiree and "outdoorsy" so I'm kind of looking for the more out of the way camping experience, not "glamping". Covid wiped out a bunch local flavors in Maine, too, so sad. I'd most likely make a month of any trip I take off of the main land. Thank you for your responses!!
 

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Aloha Plink, Sorry for the delayed response. Not sure how much of it will be open, but you might want to check out Kauai. Check to see if they are still offering camps on the Na Pali Coast. Inaccessible by notmal traffic, so you'll either have to hike it in and/or be dropped off by boat. That's about as close as you'll get to the Hawaii of old (pre-contact). PLEASE make sure to allow for room to pick up and bag your trash as well! I think you'll greatly enjoy that experience! Just remember that Fall (June - November) is hurricane season for us. This year is mild in the sense that they are forecasting only 2-5 potential hurricanes (named storm systems) in our area. I hope that this helps!
I definitely want to go scuba diving/ snorkeling and some intermediate level trail hiking (not opposed to 2-3 day hikes so long as transportation is available at the end of the hike) and I'd most likely be a spring or fall visitor (I try to avoid high tourism times- I don't tend to mix well with tourist minded individuals lol). I'm a young retiree and "outdoorsy" so I'm kind of looking for the more out of the way camping experience, not "glamping". Covid wiped out a bunch local flavors in Maine, too, so sad. I'd most likely make a month of any trip I take off of the main land. Thank you for your responses!!
 

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It does help a lot!! A high school friend of mine and I are actually planning our trip for 4 years from now when all our kids are out of high school lol. We've been talking about it since high school, started making 'the list' when our kids started school and just started planning out now that her youngest is in high school. 馃槈馃憤 I've done ecological research projects 馃槅 I have seen the best and worst of what to do/ what not to do in preservation. It's wonderful that they still have land that is respected and revered like that out there!! Thank you so much!!
 
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