The areas where people live on the slopes of Haleakala, the dormant volcano, are called “Upcountry”. Because of how the roads are laid out, it’s kind of a long drive from Kihei, but it’s always nice to go there. The air is cool, the people are laid back, and there are always stunning views. Yesterday I had two destinations: a nursery, and a Craigslist lead for free furniture.
The nursery specialized in cactus and succulent plants. My pastor had told me about it… huge selection, friendly workers… And he didn’t steer me wrong. The place was amazing. I don’t know how long I spent walking around and looking at everything. I had a lot of trouble deciding what to get.
The tables were packed full! So many varieties!
In the end, I only got a few small things: a couple kinds of aloe, a stapelia (which I will definitely be posting about when it blooms), and a small spineless cactus (Copiapoa hypogaea for the memory archive)
From left to right: aloe barbadensis, stapelia, copiapoa, other aloe
The trip to the free furniture place was also interesting, but less productive. There is an antique store in Kihei that has all kinds of wondrous items from around the world. It totally looks like a Goosebumps TV episode. Apparently, they have storage wearhouses in Pukalani, and were trying to clear them out a little. Only one small room had free furniture, but it was pretty picked over. Other storage areas were open for browsing, so I browsed.
So creepy and interesting.
The most amazing item was a giant wicker ball with pillows and a chandelier. It was big enough for two people to sit in comfortably, and three if they packed in. It was amazing. I briefly considered it for my couch.