Day 11, Jan 9, 2018 – FLYING HOME…
Beautiful view of Maui, Oahu
We took off to the northeast, as usual into the trade winds. Which gave us wonderful views of the West Maui Mountains and coastline. It is very rare that the Puu Kukui volcano (7,000 ft), which you can see behind the clouds, is that clearly visible. Usually it is shrouded in cloud and mist, making it Maui’s “Yin” or “feminine” volcano. The giant Haleakala (10,000 ft elev), of course, is the high and dry “Yang” or “masculine” volcano.
We also flew over the island of Molokai with the ocean glistening in bright sunshine.
Excuse the dirty windows, though, courtesy of Hawaiian Air. 🙂
We had about a 1.5 hr layover in Honolulu which we spend in the American Airlines lounge. This afforded us once again a good view of the beautiful Monkeypod trees and other tropical plants that the Honolulu airport is famous for.
FIJI JET – WILL IT MAKE IT HOME?
While waiting for the Hawaiian Air crew to get our substitute aircraft ready, we watched a small Fiji Air jet pull out from the gate next to ours. I could not believe how tiny this jet looked next to our Boeing 767. And yet Fiji is over 5,000 km (3,200 miles) away from Honolulu.
That’s just past the end of the range of a Boeing 737, which is what this small aircraft looked like to me. And there is no place to land for refueling but in the drink between Honolulu and Fiji.
We were also admiring the intricate artwork on the Fiji Air jet’s tail and body. It looked very much like the Aborigine art we saw in Australia.
Things you do at an airport to pass the time while waiting for a delayed flight to take off. 🙂
BACK HOME! WELCOMED BY WELCOME RAIN
Jan 10, 2018
We are back home now in Arizona after a wonderful 11-day vacation on the island of Maui, our former home. It was the first time we had a chance to play tourists. When we lived on Maui, we were too busy taking care of our beautiful 7-acre Rainbow Shower property.
They say, “all’s well that ends well.” Well, our flights home ended well. We got back safe and sound.
But our Honolulu-Phoenix flight was delayed both at departure and before arrival. The Honolulu delay was due to a plane swap. The Phoenix delay was due to weather.
We didn’t mind a 30-minute holding pattern before landing in Phoenix. A storm was passing through that brought the much-needed rain to our desert, our first real rain in over 5 months! Yeah!
We got to bed eventually around 1:30 AM last night. This morning, Elizabeth is already off at her art class in Cave Creek. And I took this picture of our back yard with the first real rain we have had in Scottsdale since the end of July.
PS: In case you’re curious, the blue and beige round object you see here is my shamanic fireplace and oracle wheel. And the Blue Agave… well, that’s Arizona for you. We have three big ones like that on our property.
THREE TOP EXPERIENCES
During our flight home, we talked as usual about our top three trip experiences.
- The No. 1 was her first-ever boogie-board run on New Year’s Day. ✮✮✮✮✮ (Elizabeth)
- The No. 2 was the Serbian Christmas party at our friend Rada Kovilic‘s condo and her and our many friends. ✮✮✮✮ (Elizabeth)
- The No. 3 was our hike to and from the Waimoku Falls. ✮✮✮ (Elizabeth)
- For me, the No. 1 and 2 were our two sunset experiences – the high one atop Haleakala ✮✮✮✮✮ (Bob)
- And the low one while sailing off Kaanapali coast. ✮✮✮✮ (Bob)
- The number three was seeing so many turtles on “our” Kuau baby beach in Paia, and swimming with turtles on our Kihei beach. ✮✮✮ (Bob)
And that’s all she wrote from this wonderful trip.