What a start we had! Five hours of sitting on a plane, at the gate, at the Vancouver airport. Not one, but two different mechanical issues. And because we were "technically" in the US of A, we could not deplane without going through immigration. But we finally made it to the condo at 3:30 in the morning, Maui time.
We were exhausted, but you get that buzzed feeling, and neither of us slept very well. We didn't even attempt to deal with the sofa bed at that time of the morning, and my daughter risked a snoring mother, and hopped into the queen sized bed with me. We only managed to sleep about four hours though. I don't think that was a bad thing, as we wanted to get on Maui time, and the best way to do that, is to get up and get going!
I was very excited to be back on Maui, with my daughter. It was last October, when we found out that she wouldn't be able to make it home for Christmas, as the company she works for was blocking all people from booking off for Christmas. So we started to look at dates for her to come home in February. I had been fiddling with dates on the computer, and a flight from Ottawa to Vancouver was still over $800.00. But with Maui always being on my mind, I plunked in the same dates, but with the return to Kahului, instead of Vancouver. Any Canadians reading this will "get it".... the flight from Ottawa to Kahului return was just $648.00. Same exact dates too. And get this. She had to get on the exact same flight to Vancouver first, then continue on to Maui in the evening. It wasn't hard to figure it out... called her in Ottawa, and said she wasn't coming home for Christmas, but that I was taking her to Maui instead! Merry Christmas! Oh, and Happy Birthday too! If anyone wanted to see her her, they would have to head to the Vancouver airport!
The flight from Ottawa landed shortly after ten in the morning, and the flight to Maui left at 5:45 that evening. Or at least, it was supposed to!
I had taken the ferry to Vancouver the day before, and stayed with Auntie Joan in Vancouver. It was nice to see her again, and to get a ride out to the airport. I made sure that I was there in plenty of time, so that I could find my daughter in the US terminal, in the secure area. Checking in was easy, as I did just carry on again. But I had to wait quite a while for my daughter to show up. Waiting to identify her checked suitcase on the screen for US immigration took much longer than I expected. But she finally came through those magical doors, and I was so happy to see her! Last time we saw each other was in June!
Thanks to mtinbc, I was able to get two of the Maple Leaf Lounge tickets for us. What a great place to hang out for six hours! They even have a shower in there, although we didn't make use of that. But so much food to choose from, including soup, sandwiches, and salad. And the bar! Open bar, wine, beer, and hard liquor. No mai tais though, darn!
After the fiasco with the mechanical issues, we were so glad to finally take off for Maui. And so glad that when we got to the condo, there was indeed a human being on the line, once we found the black phone by the office. I had never dealt with this procedure before, where you get the code for the key to the condo, only once you are there. Not a procedure I like, but it worked. I think the man at the other end of the line was just as surprised to hear my voice, given the time it was.
With just four hours of sleep, we didn't even attempt the Waihee Ridge Trail that morning. But we were hungry! Oh, so very hungry! Kihei Caffe solved that problem. Both of us ordered the banana pancakes. The line was very long when we arrived, but I knew that it moved quite fast.
Then off to Costco. Busiest I've ever seen it, but still, only three carts in front of us. Almost as busy as the one at home in Nanaimo!
We returned to the condo, and put stuff away. Didn't venture very far at all, given that we were getting tired again, very fast. We hung out by the pool, and then ventured out to watch the sunset. Barefootn had called me (I had a working cell phone this trip!!!!!) and she came over to the complex and found us down by the beach to watch the sunset. It was so wonderful to get that bear hug again! And what a delight, to sit there, watching our first sunset, and watching the whales at the same time. Such a wonderful treat!
Both my daughter and I were fading fast after the sunset, so we headed up to the condo for an early night. Figured out the sofa bed, but wow, this one was bad. Putting the mattress on the floor was not going to fix all the issues with the steel running through the mattress. We just folded it all up, and my daughter and I just shared the bed the rest of our time there.
We slept for 10 hours straight!