The realization that Cadence was to be shut down for the July 4th week
was the genesis for our trip. Barb and Pete rapidly mobilized
trip planning forces. We winnowed down the vacation choices to
Mexico and Hawaii. Due to time and budget constraints the
Caribbean was dropped like a dirty diaper.
Barb had been harboring a
hankering for Hawaii and Pete had had his sights set on the Big Island due to its variety of activities and diversity of
terrain. When we found we could apply frequent flyer miles for the travel, the deal was sealed.
arose early due to the 3 hour time delta to CA. In our
inimitable fashion, to avoid paying outlandish hotel food prices, we
headed to the supermarket to stock our shelves. We had a
fun drive in our rented convertible (a mongo Dodge Sebring) and found
some delicious treats at the Waikola Village shopping center. The
highlight: Barb nabbed an apple bread just as it was being
hauled from the oven. It has proven to be a
the afternoon we explored the hotel and hung loose at the beautiful Hapuna beach. We staked out two primo chairs by the ocean.
The warm, clear water even enticed Barb to fully submerge herself in
the ocean! After eating our homemade lunch the tide started
coming in. Pete's prediction that the water wouldn't come up to
us was shown to be particularly astute. ;)