I figured I should get to blogging about this trip before a repeat of England happens (that time I said I would blog about it ‘later’ and accidentally never did)
This is usually the boring part of the trip that no one really talks about but I think it might be worth the share. We flew from Calgary to Vancouver and then had a 5 hour layover before our flight left for Kauai. Since my parents are professional travellers, there was no time to be spent dawdling around and we went right through security on to customs. I filled out the customs card checking ‘no’ to all the standard question; bringing any fruits or veggies? , any hand guns? , planning on killing anyone while on vacation?… the regular stuff. As we got to the customs desk, the officer asked if we had any fruits. Gabriele responded with yes , she had an apple. The officer asked if it had a sticker ( I almost blurted out ‘4017!’ remembering the code from my years at Safeway). No sticker on the apple. The next thing I know , we are shuffled into this back room and our passports and tickets taken away. We were only in the room for 10 minutes, a few simple questions and toss of the apple. Walking towards the gates, we realized we were down a boarding pass, my dad’s passport was empty. Back to security and we were told they can easily issue a new one. Turns out, they could, although it was kerfuffle when they realized they issued us boarding passes for the same seat for different people. We lucked out on the plane and got three rows to ourselves.
Finding the condo was a bit of a nightmare. They is only one main road that runs around the whole island and since we landed at 10pm (2am Alberta time), it was pitch black and impossible to see any signs. Finally made it to bed around 4am Alberta time.
We woke up to rain, which wasn’t horrible as Kauai is known as the green island out of all the Hawaiian islands. We stayed at Princeville which is a set of condo complexes, along with housing the St. Regis hotel and a couple of golf courses. Almost immediately I noticed how quite it is here and later came to realize the whole island is pretty quite. There are no tall buildings , sounds of vehicles or even many people ( not loud ones anyway).
We looked around the stores of Princeville, located a Foodland grocery store which we came to become attached to. Even though we were on vacation, my Dad still took the time to make dinners from recipes. This night he made us fish pie with fresh fish. Across the street from the shopping was the Alaka’i Swamp:
This was also our first encounter with the chickens. They are EVERYWHERE!! We heard that they were bred for fighting but during the last hurricane, they were all set free. Since they have no predictors on the island, they have multiplied. Apparently anyone is free to catch them and make a dinner out of them. We passed.
.. To be continued