Wendy’s sister, Becky, and her husband Court have a time share in Kauai. They invited Wendy and me to join them and their daughter Lydia for a few days in paradise this fall.
Whenever Wendy and I travel somewhere beautiful and warm, we have historically faced difficulties that parallel the seven seals of the Book of Revelation. Delays, cancellations, re-routing, and “you can’t get there from here” type obstacles are all par for our course to paradise. We’ve begun to simply expect it.
Wendy woke early on Wednesday to find that United had cancelled one of our three flights and rebooked two of the three legs of our journey. Only we had to take off an hour EARLIER. Those who know Wendy well assumed that she freaked out at this, but she really approached it with zen-like calm. We simply dressed quickly, threw our bags in the car and headed to the airport.
Instead of DSM to DEN to LAX to Lihue, our route was now DSM to ORD to LAX to Lihue. Our flight in Chicago was delayed with mechanical problems (another seal on the scroll of travel tribulation) and so we had lunch and the Berghoff in Concourse C and listened to the polka band playing and watched one couple dance. The delay out of Ohare trimmed our three hour lay-over in L.A. down to about an hour, but things progressed without a hitch from there. We arrived in Kauai about 7 p.m. (back home it was midnight), stopped at Wal-Mart for some staples and then drove to meet Court, Becky, and Lydia at the time share. So, our travel from home to time share was roughly 18 hours. After a few bites of pizza and unpacking we collapsed into bed about 9:30 p.m.
We woke about 5:30 a.m. Everyone was still pretty zombie like, so this morning so we took it pretty easy. Our room is a first floor walkout that is about 20 yards from the ocean. We’re on the east side of the island so we get to watch the sun come up. Well, we would watch the sun come up if it wasn’t so cloudy. By the time we finished up some breakfast the sun had come out and we went to an orientation by the swimming pool where we got to hear about several different options for activities on the island. I’m glad there was free coffee. I was still pretty wiped.
No one in our party was very ambitious. We hung out in the room all morning and I took an hour nap. Becky, Court and Lydia headed out to a market while Wendy and I worked for a couple of hours and made ourselves some lunch. We walked about three blocks to a sports bar to see if we could watch the Cubs vs. Brewers game, but the inebriated owner couldn’t find the game. So, we walked back to the room, pulled the game up on our computer and watched it as we napped.
We walked to the Olympic Cafe for dinner. It’s your basic bar and grill on the second floor of a retail building. It’s wide open and we sat and enjoyed the sea breeze blowing through as we ate. There was a full moon tonight and it was a gorgeous walk back to the room as the full moon rose over the Pacific.
I think it could be a day or two before our bodies are over the jet lag and time change. It’s been wonderful and relaxing just hearing and watching the ocean waves outside. Looking forward to what the week has in store for us.