Last May, my wife and I treated ourselves with a trip to Hawaii as a 15th anniversary present. We spent several days on the island of Maui and began our stay there by driving the "Road to Hana". For those who have not had the pleasure of visiting Hawaii or, more specifically, Maui...let me first tell you about Hana. There's not much there. There's a hotel, a restaurant, a school, a church, a gas station, and enough houses to satisfy its population of roughly 1000. Although we stayed 2 nights in Hana to enjoy the serenity, tourists do not drive the "Road to Hana" to get to Hana. The "Road to Hana" is all about the journey. You see, this drive has hundreds of curves, multitudes of one-lane bridges, dozens of cliffside stretches of pavement, and more breathtaking sights than you can take in. Amidst the many pulloff points along the road, there are beautiful waterfalls, exotic plants, banana bread "vendors", and too many other sights to list. This is a 50ish mile drive that we spent 4 hours making. We had no expectations of the destination, but we knew we wanted to make the most of the journey.
This season of Cardinal basketball has been very much like the "Road to Hana". With a lack of expectation of the destination, we strapped in very early for what journey lied ahead. We have encountered numerous twists and turns. We have endurred ups and downs. We have paused many times to soak in the beauty. We do not want it to end.
While the journey draws nearer an end, we still don't know much about the destination for this Cardinal team. Whatever its "Hana" turns out to be, I believe we'll always look back and remember this season for the road it took to get there.