Hawaii – Photos

Since this trip has turned out to be a wonderfully relaxing trip with lots of time on my hands, I’ve had a chance to filter through the first three days of photos from Hawaii. Something about a lanai and wireless is wonderful.
Here are the links for Day One, Day Two and Day Three. Day one is just some basic pictures we took while wandering around downtown Kona. Day two is pictures from picking passion fruit and when we went down to the marina to get fresh seafood (seriously, it had just come off the boat). Day three is from our trip down to City of Refuge which is a National Historic Park nearby. It also includes some pictures taken on our way down to the park as well as on our way back.

Enjoy. More will be on their way soon.

Paradise Found

I am here witing on our first morning on the Big Island. Kat, Heather, Andy and I all arrice without any problems yesterday afternoon in Kona. The plane got in early and we got our rental ginormous vehicle and headed up to the house. The other three are just facinated with the island, so I have become the default tour guide. So far we did take a trip down into town last night to pick up some sandles for Heather, and of course the cameras got thier first workout. I think we are going to have to have a combo photo album for all the pictures that Kat and Heather are taking. Other than that this is probably the most relaxed you will see any of us, something I think we can all get used to.

security review

I travel a bit for work. Not as much as Brian used to, but it’s still a bit. Yesterday morning, I was sitting in the lobby of my hotel in Denver, eating my breakfast and watching the news with absolute fascination. As a result of a terrorist attempt, security was being cracked down at all airports. Liquids and gels were no longer being allowed in people’s carry-on luggage. Ultimate consequence? You might have thought you’d be able to carry-on your over-nighter suitcase with your toiletries in it, but think again.
Eventually, I tuned it all out. I was scheduled to be up in Denver for the rest of the weekend and wouldn’t be flying home for a few more days. I figured it would calm down by then and I wouldn’t have to worry about it.
Fast forward to 4 hours later, when I’m walking out of my customer’s office and calling my coworker to tell him to pack his bags and schedule the next available flight home. That’s another long story that I can’t really talk about here. Needless to say, I called our company’s travel agent and rebooked my flight for later that night. There was a 4pm flight, but the travel agent strongly recommended against it, saying that there were long lines at all of the security checkpoints at airports and that she didn’t think I’d be able to make that flight. Fine. I took the 5:55pm flight back to Phoenix. I got back to my hotel room and while packing my things, I checked US Airways’ website for what their recommendation on time to get through security lines. Their website recommended giving yourself 2 extra hours of time. Great.
I get the airport, drop my rental car off and let Hertz take me to the terminal. I quickly rechecked my purse for any hand lotion bottles stowed away anywhere and did a little reorganization in my two suitcases. One would still have to be carried on with me because I had stuff that had to stay with me. The rest, though, I tried to cram into my checked luggage, to make it easier to get through security.
I take the escalator down to the security checkpoint, anticipating lines going everywhere. Nothing. There were 6 people in front of me in the security line. WTF?!?!?! I got here 3 hours early for this?! Sadly, once I got through security, I was screwed. I couldn’t get onto the earlier flight because my bags would still get on the later flight, thus removing the reason to take the earlier flight.
Eventually, my coworker and I sat at a bar and killed the time drinking Fat Tire beers.
The moral of the story? Don’t listen to your travel agent when it comes to security lines. Or your airline. I don’t know who you shoud listen to, but those two definitely suck.