I know that I have been absent for the last three weeks.....but I think I have a pretty good reason. I've been on the holiday of a lifetime in Hawaii!
My husband and I have dreamed about and planned this vacation for years. We talked about going for our 25th anniversary, but we were living in Germany at the time and it meant we would be traveling half way around the world. And why go to Hawaii when we could take a European holiday instead?
Last December we were celebrating our 40th anniversary. We decided it was going to be now or never-so in the Fall I began looking into a trip in February. The planning and anticipation were as much fun as the trip was going to be. We booked a cruise of the islands and also wanted to spend time exploring Oahu. We cashed in frequent flyer miles for our flight, booked hotels and a rental car and were all ready to go. We were going to be gone from February 13 to the 26th.
The big day was rapidly approaching-and so was bad weather. On Wednesday, Feb 12 an ice storm hit Georgia! Seriously? What are the odds? We have been having a crazy Winter, but, come on-I'm going to Hawaii. And I didn't buy trip insurance.
Wednesday night our electricity went out at 9:00. We showered in lukewarm water by candlelight around 11:00 and went to bed. When we got up at 6:00am Thursday morning, the room was cold and dark and we still had no power. I applied make-up by flashlight, dressed and finished packing in the dark. As soon as it was light enough to see the road well, we left for the airport. There was no one on the road and the radio announcer kept telling us to stay off the streets unless it was an emergency! One lane on the interstate had been cleared and we made it safely to the airport. This trip was going to happen!!
And happen it did. We attended a luau, snorkeled, cruised, went bicycling and ziplining, toured Pearl Harbor, climbed Diamondhead, and ate lots of pineapple. Hawaii is truly a little piece of heaven on earth and I enjoyed every minute there.