Sylvia and David... On the plane and on our way!
We stood in line at the ticket counter hoping to get an exit row seat but they were already gone.... Then the lady suggested she try for the second leg of our trip to see if they are available for the longer 5 hour trip.... Hooray! they were available and she put us into the seats. The is really good news for us as David has a difficult time folding into the regular seats.... (he is 6'6 or about 2 meters) We checked through after we chatted with several friends we know.... great to be from a small town...
We both slept on the 2 hour trip to San Francisco. We always carry on (although I have a rolley pull along this time) and we were happy that we did. We got breakfast in San Francisco Airport and I bought a loaf of San Francisco sourdough bread.
United makes you pay for the meals so I stood in line and bought a large ham and cheese sandwich and two bananas. It cost just over $12.00 .... I think it is safe to say that airport venders don't give their food away. When we ate it later we thought it was a great sandwich with an ample amount of ham and fresh french bread. Plus the bonus of not purchasing food on the plane, of course.....
United coffee. It was free ... food is not! Food was really expensive!!!
Our seats were perfect. We were one seat from the movie (which was not the best movie in the world... ) and we had tons of leg room. The stewardess was careful to explain that the emergency door is different than others as it pulls in instead of pushing out. We don't have any experience with either type (thankfully) so we studied the door and card to make sure we could do it.
Once we were experts (without actually doing it...I think that would have annoyed the airline) we settled down for the trip. It was pretty uneventful except for a bunch of cool shirts people were wearing...(I photographed one) and a boring movie called "he's just not that into you" a silly confusing film that came together at the end but it was still silly. We meant to sleep but we weren't able to ..... the trip passed quickly and soon we landed at the Kona (KOA) airport. As soon as we walked out we were hit with hot, humid air.... The Kona airport is being redone but we took pictures to show how it is. The personell were very friendly.... I stopped and chatted with a vender selling leis... She was really a nice gal and told us that the airport would be great when it's finished.
Kona Airport: the Lei Makers... a wonderful sculpture showing women making traditional leis...
We walked past the huge building where people were claiming their luggage and looked at the people lining up for the conveyer belt.
That's when you are glad you carry on! We caught the Alamo bus and rode a short distance to their office. David had found a convertible SUV jeep wrangler for a reasonable price. We were sent to the back area to pick one out.... We wanted a red one but they were dented in the back so we chose a white one..... One of their personnell, Jeannette came over and chatted with us for a while. She has been on Hawaii for only 9 months and has been exploring places one by one. She gave us restaurant names and places to go. What a great gal. She also mentioned we should do grocery shopping at Costco.
flowers by the highway
We drove into town and checked into the condo: Hale Kona Kai. It was a darling one bedroom, kitchen/living room and Lanai (deck) facing the ocean.
We were about 30 feet above and 5 feet out from the water. We could see schools of yellow fish through the clear, clear water. The paint was light colored and the place was really clean. The cleaning girl was there and we had an opportunity to talk to her. She and her husband live out of town .... they have 4 acres and raise figs, avocados, Hawaiian bananas, and papaya. I asked her if she sold it and she said she barters with her neighbors but never sells it. I asked her if she would consider trading some for the San Francisco Sour Dough bread I purchased that morning... yes! She knew the bread and was happy to bring us some produce ... she'll bring us some fruit on Friday.... Hooray!
view to the right from the condo balcony
We needed to shop but we were hungry.
.. we decided to go to the restaurant Jeanette at Alamo's recommended, LuLu's. She raved about their Hogzilla, pulled beef sandwich. Unfortunately it had a flight of stairs to get there. (I had just had surgery so I'm an elevator girl for a few more days... :D )For now we decided to go to the ground floor restaurant and go to Lulu's later this week. We went into Bongo Ben's Cafe instead. I got a Mai Tai and David had a local beer. The mai tai was pricey at $4.95 .... it was good but not five bucks worth of good. For food David got the Hawaiian pulled pork sandwich and I got the Hula Chicken Sandwich. Both were good and were presented well. I always love it when they put an orchid on the plate!
Beautiful phone booths ....
Costco was really interesting.
Definately not your run of the mill Costco. They had quite a few local foods and plants. We got pulled pork sandwiches, greek salad, and breakfast things.... (the traditional Hawaiian Breakfast of Champions: Cheerios) and a bottle of Volcano wine.... I photographed the unusual and beautiful orchids they had for sale.... so amazing to see!
Sign telling about the Lei Makers.
We ended our day exhausted but afraid to go to bed because it was too early. We wanted to wake up to Hawaiian time in the morning and forced ourselves to stay up until the sunset was completed. We ate cheese and drank the Volcano Macadamia Nut and Honey wine ... and watched the surfers to the left .... fascinating to see them.... and the ocean and the waves to the right and avoided looking straight out where an ugly cruise ship squatted.
It was polite and left just before the sunset..... :) ..... We felt like we had a great day! We must have toasted the trip and Hawaii 10 times..... Ohhhh Yeah! Good Times!
magazines and guide books at the airport...
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