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Why this trip to Hawaii? Well, back in early September, 2006, we got an offer through Delta Skymiles for a five-night, six day stay at the Marriott Waiohai Beach Resort on Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. We would get: a 2 bedroom villa, rental car, $25 Resort Certificate, and 5,000 Delta SkyMiles. This sounded pretty good, so we took them up on it. We had our choice of check-in dates for the coming year, and decided that mid-March might be a nice time to be out of rainy, cold Oregon and in rainy, warm Kauai. We chose March 15 as check-in day.
We decided that as long as we were going all the way to Kauai, we should extend the trip a bit and go back to the other Hawaiian island that we had especially enjoyed—the Big Island of Hawaii. Acting on our daughter's advice we made a reservation at "The Country Goose," a B&B in the " Volcano Village" just a couple miles from the Volcano House and very close to the Volcanoes National Park visitor center and the Kilauea Caldera. We reserved a room for three nights.
For once, we were able to cash in some of our United Airlines frequent flyer miles—until this trip we had never been able to match available frequent flyer flights with the rest of a trip. Eureka! Yes! United could fly us to Kauai on March 15 early enough to drive to Poipu Beach before dark, and they could fly us back from Kona on March 23rd on a red-eye evening flight. We successfully got a reservation on Aloha Airlines for our transfer from Kauai to Hawaii on Mar. 20th, and lined up an Avis rental car for pick up at Kona airport. We were ready!
March 15, 2007 duly rolled around, and we left Portland at 8:00 a.m., with two changes of planes, in San Francisco and Los Angeles. As we were walking up the jetway ramp at the Los Angeles airport, Barbara's right knee suddenly became VERY painful and that made some changes in our trip activities. This trip could probably be subtitled: "How to see Hawaii with a cane and a wheelchair." Except for Glenn's wheelchair pushing duties, this was a very relaxing trip.
If you are really a glutton for punishment, or want to know every detail, the trip log is also available for reading.
Barbara, and Glenn
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