Flying with the assistance of drugs to help with anxiety is awesome! I found it necessary to take a pill even when it wasn't "time." As we were flying over the Pacific Ocean (I think we were over the ocean, but the two people next to me were apparently so terrified they didn't know how or didn't want to look out the window to see if we were over the ocean and I was in the aisle seat and couldn't see. I was about to shove them both out of the way and look for myself instead of repeatedly asking "are we over the water?" and being told "I don't know", but instead, took a pill), the pilot screams into the microphone: "We need all passengers to sit down IMMEDIATELY. We need all flight attendants in their seats." Shortly after that, during all the bumping and bouncing and me trying to hold on to my drink and not die of a heart attack, the pilot says, "We need everyone to make sure your seat belts are secured and tightly fastened." At that point, I think I was swallowing a pill. I did not like this turbulence at all and I was really hoping it was JUST turbulence. Anyway, about 10-15 minutes later, the pilot came on and explained headwinds, temperatures, etc. and it was a fairly smooth ride the remaining five hours. I even managed to sleep some once it was dark outside.
I will be doing a few things to share this trip with you. Today, I will be posting a Top 10 list, with pictures. To see the picture a little larger, just click on it. Tomorrow, hopefully if I can figure out how to upload a video from my camera which is acting wonky (yes, that's a word), I will be posting a video of the two of us talking about our favorite outing. Third, for a while, I will post a picture or two into my daily postings, even if the picture has nothing to do with the post.
Enjoy and let me know when you've heard enough about this AWESOME trip!
Here is the Top 10 list outlining the highlights of our trip (these are my top 10, Lora's may be different).
1. Snorkeling. You will understand this better when you see the video.
This was an eco-adventure with The Pacific Whale Foundation. It is not whale season, so instead we went snorkeling with green sea turtles along with all the little fishes.
This is at the summit facing the land on Maui. If you look closely, you can see the moon in the top of the picture where the sky gets darker.
Summit of Haleakala
Oprah's house. This is zoomed WAY close, the house is very far from the road.
Jo and Lora in front of Makawao Union Church, made from lava stone.
6. Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial (Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii)
Names of the those who died on Dec. 7, 1941. I didn't get a picture, but to the left is a small memorial of those who survived that day, but have since passed away.
Fuel and oil still leak from the USS Arizona.
God bless America! (And the rest of the world, too.)
Jo and Lora, waiting for the movie and the boat ride out to the memorial.
7. Views from our hotel rooms.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Honlulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Mountain view room from hotel in Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui
Ocean view from hotel in Ka'anapali Beach, Lahaina, Maui
Ocean view room from hotel in Maui
8. The flowers, most of which I don't know the name of!
Bird of Paradise
Lobster Claw (I am guessing there is a more formal name to this!)
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Baldwin Beach, Paia'a, Maui, Hawaii
Hotel, Ka'anapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii
10. Fiber One Bars. Lora became
concerned disgusted by my lack of action in the intestines. Though I was feeling fine and telling her this was normal, she talked me in to buying a box of Fiber One bars at the local Safeway. I'm sold on these and my colon is working well.
Surprise! There's really 11, but I couldn't leave this one off the list!
11. Though I wasn't really ready to come home, it was great to come home to this!
As you can see, Big E has a big green cast on his leg. He broke his big toe in a biking accident shortly after I left. Maybe I need to show him how to ride a bike since I managed to ride downhill, riding my brakes the whole time to not go 100 MPH, twisting and turning on switchback roads and dodging cows without wrecking!