My other half is scouting a car commercial on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Neither of us have been here before. That comment is generally met with a very shocked, “Really???” The Scout has been at this scouting business for 30 years, and has been sent all over the US (too numerous to mention) and the world…London, Paris, Moscow, Italy, Argentina (Buenos Aires & Patagonia), Chile’s Atacama Desert, Australia, China…but never Hawai’i. Til now.
The backstory: On Christmas Day we flew from LAX to Philadelphia, then took Amtrak to Penn Station in NYC (somewhat convoluted but cheap thanks to Internet special on Southwest Airlines). I’d rather do the non-stop across the country and take the train than have to stop and change planes in Phoenix or wherever. The train is a wonderful way to arrive in NYC.
My thanks to the good people of New Jersey for taking the time to put those lights up–I liked whizzing past your cozy houses during our Christmas Day-night train ride. We were in New York (city on Christmas night, upstate on the subsequent days, visiting family) and flew from Newark to Kona (on the Big Island of Hawai’i) on Friday. Props to the good folks at Delta Airlines…always professional and attentive. We had an actual sandwich on the SLC-Kona flight–a rarity in coach these days.
Yes, all this travelling=I got a headcold. Just a cold, not the flu. Whew.
One of my favorite Disneyland experiences is the Tiki Room. So far, I feel like I walked out of the Tiki Room–and this is the next attraction. We spent the first night in Kailua-Kona at the Royal Kona Resort…our room wasn’t ready so we got a mini-upgrade to a corner room from which we watched the $72 (each!) luau for free. Okay, the performers were far away but we got the gist of it. We missed the open bar but the Scout had procured his favorite libation (Beefeater’s Gin) at the Sack and Save so we were set.
Yesterday we took the Saddle Road to Hilo, stopping to photograph the road up Mauna Loa on the way. In true scouting fashion, we drove all the way up to the observatory gate (over 10,000 feet) on the one-lane road. Parts of it were recently paved, other parts were paved in the last century…or maybe the one before that. I’ll post a pic or two in the next installment.
Hilo is humid but not hot, cloudy but not raining (at the moment). Apparently New Year’s Eve is a big event around here. Fireworks are for sale everywhere–Long’s Drugs, even Sears! We went into Long’s and when The Scout reached down to grab a basket, a Long’s employee asked him to take another…that one had gunpowder in it. Fireworks on aisle 13–rock and roll!
Nose is running–time for a fresh tissue.