We weren’t going to go to Kauai for mid-winter break this year because schedule-wise it was going to be hard for us to make it work. But for several reasons, we made a sort of last minute decision to head over. We booked about a week before departure so the direct was full. We had to stop overnight in San Jose. We tried to make the best of it, booked a fun hotel and then headed out. Unfortunately, we were all pretty tired when we finally got to our hotel. Sela ended up being sick with the stomach flu all night and then we had to get up (well, none of us actually slept) at 4am to make it to our flight. We were all TOAST and I’ll be honest, it was hell. Luckily the worst part was over for Sela so she had an exhausting but “uneventful” flight. There was a ton of turbulence and a headwind so the flight was over an hour longer than normal and we had the worst seats on the plane (I just LOVE being by the bathrooms…blech!) But we made it.
Kauai has had nearly a month of rain. I figured it had to stop by the time we got there, but that did not happen. The first three or four days it was torrential downpour. Typically it rains some every day in Kauai, but we like it. It’s quick, powerful and over. But this time it didn’t let up. There were flash flood warnings and the Hanalei Bridge was in danger of flooding so those in Princeville and south of there met for church at the Spencers. Church is always wonderful over there, but even in a home where there was little time to prepare, it was just a fantastic meeting.
Rollin and his friend Tater share a love of fishing and crabbing so while Sela surfed and Nina boogie boarded, Rollin was often up on the Hanalei Pier working hard.
Evan had a mosquito in his room one night. Poor little fella!
Rollin climbs everything in sight. Everything. I was so lazy with photos this trip. I sent my camera home with Zig when he left after a week and just took some with my phone and they’re not that good.
The weather cleared up after we got through the first few days of heavy rains. Fortunately, my terrible earache and stomach flu (thanks, Sela :)) happened the first few days when we couldn’t go to the beach anyway. We had a rough start but fortunately we were able to recover and rejuvenate before heading back to the mainland. We stayed on the north shore the entire time, eating tacos at Pat’s, smoothies at Banana Joes and meeting up with friends and soaking up the sun. No major adventures, just enjoying the much slower pace.
Zig didn’t allow devices on this trip so the kids had to make their own fun on the plane flight to Kauai. Personally I think if ever there is a place for devices it IS on the plane. They got creative with the five wiki sticks in their kid’s pack which killed about 10 minutes ;) Returning, I flew alone with the kids and we were all seated apart from each other (since we booked so late). I was able to have Evan moved next to me, but everyone else was spread out. I worried at first, but it turned out to be awesome. No bickering, arguing about who gets to play with what, etc. I think I’ll do this every time! Rollin made best friends with a couple he sat next to. They were 67 years old and Rollin visited with them the entire way. They had an ipad so they let him play games with them. He played Soduku with the man and other word games. As we were getting up to leave he yelled, “Bye Gary, Bye Jackie.” All the people in the back started laughing. He said, “Mom, that was the best plane flight of my whole life. Older people have lived long so they have way more stories to share.”
We came home to a gorgeous sunny day which made the transition easier. But then it snowed the next and it poured all day today. Home again, home again…