Kauai, Hawaii 2011 – Day 1

Day 1 – Saturday. Tamara and Asa came over for dinner on Friday night, since we hadn’t seen much of Tamara recently due to her trip to Norway. Had some pizza and wine, and got our final preparations completed. Was in bed by 9:30, ready to get up and head out early. Well, not too surprisingly, I was so excited about this trip that I couldn’t sleep.  I gave up and got up at 3:15, even though the alarm was set for 4:30. We headed out for our 9:30 flight about 6:30, stopped at McDonald’s for a breakfast of champions, and headed to The Parking Spot at IAH. Got through security without incident, and headed to the President’s Club.  We found out that our flight was delayed about 45 minutes due to a late inbound aircraft. We downed a couple of screwdrivers, and relaxed.

After the wait, our plane was loaded pretty effectively, and we settled into our comfy Business First seats.  We had paid dearly with points to get those seats, and were determined to enjoy every minute of the 8.5 hour flight to Honolulu. Frankly, as the day progressed, we remembered why we so avidly dislike 8+ hour flights!  Even with lots of luxuries, it is just plain a LONG, LONG, LONG time, in a small place.  We pretty much watched movies and ate for the entire trip – I managed to get in a 2-hour nap (thank goodness!).  First, we had a 4-course lunch – and it was excellent.  Then, hours later, before we were hungry again, a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie was delivered (it arrived during my nap…). Then, before we landed, yet another meal – a hot sandwich, fruit, and chocolates. As I said before, we were determined to enjoy – so we ate yet again.  Then, we were circling Honolulu, and we landed!  HURRAY! 

We found our gate, then a nearby bar – and celebrated our arrival in the incredible state of Hawaii. About an hour later, we boarded Hawaiian Airlines for the 25 minute hop to Kauai – our absolutely favorite place in Hawaii. Once we landed, we grabbed our bags, and got our Enterprise rental car. We got completely organized, and made the very, very long 5 minute trip to our hotel.

We are staying at the Marriott Kauai Beach Club. We are using our Marriott timeshare points, and had booked what turned out to be an incredible 1 bedroom apartment with an ocean view.  We checked in, and headed to the room.  Unpacked in about 5 minutes, stowed the bags, changed into tropical attire, and headed downstairs.  As one might imagine, we headed to the bar!  🙂  We found a comfy spot on a couch at the bar overlooking the largest pool in Hawaii – listened to the live music, had a snack (yes, eating again), and started the process of relaxing and settling in.  After a couple of hours, we headed to the local gift/sundry shop, bought snacks, diet coke, wine, and liquor. Then we headed back to our room – had been up 22 hours. On the way, we met a resident cat that was cute beyond words. It’s like he was sitting right by the pathway wanting to meet everyone.  Guess we have a new friend!  Got to the room, poured one more drink, and finished the evening sitting on the lanai overlooking the huge property.  We absolutely cannot wait for tomorrow!

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