It took us a week to get from Sacramento to Okinawa. And part of it was my own fault because I quite simply did not want to wake my kids up at 2 am to get on our connecting flight…oh, if only I had known! We jumped on a Space Available flight from Travis to Okinawa that stopped first in Pearl Harbor and then again in Tokyo. It was the only flight I could find. When we touched down at Pearl Harbor, the airman at the counter told me to be back at 2am for departure. What? Doesn’t he know I have 2 crabby children here who haven’t slept well in 24 hours? so I ignorantly thought, “Oh, there’s a straight flight to Okinawa the day after tomorrow. I’ll just take that one…” And that was my mistake.
Not only did that one get cancelled, but EVERY flight going to Japan was cancelled for an entire week. It was insane. They would appear and disappear. Once we were accepted on a flight and then they booted us off. Another time we were actually on the shuttle bus waiting to get on the plane (at midnight) when they shuttled us back to the terminal with no hope of another flight. Maddening.
The wonderful thing about this experience was that my friend, Tori Light, and her adorable daughter live in Pearl Harbor and we got to spend a whole week playing and adventuring with them! Her husband was deployed at the time so it was just moms and kids. It was spectacular and I SO wish I could’ve relaxed more because it was so beautiful and Tori was such a wonderful hostess! She never complained about us being there and she planned all kinds of fun little trips for us!
So here are our adventures!
Tori took us to Kailua on our first trip. We ate some delicious hamburgers at Teddy’s Bigger Burgers (YUM) and then window shopped and headed over to the beach. On the way I looked over at the bay and saw this AMAZING sunset. So we parked and I rushed the kids across the busy street and told them to stay put while I shot it. It was incredible!
This was my first time at the Plantation! I’ve been to Hawaii 2 times before this and never stopped by.
My favorite part of Oahu! My friends and I spent time here in 2005 together and I never thought I’d get back to it again! The day we came here, there was a high surf warning and it was BEAUTIFUL!!
Paradise Cove Lagoon, Ko Olina:
There were turtles here this day and the water was so clear!!
So we had a HUGE adventure just trying to make it back home, and I was so stressed out about it…but looking at these pictures makes it look amazing! Man, now I kinda wanna go back and do it all again…
You know, minus all the terminal time and uncertainty and child meltdowns…
It’s good to be back in Okinawa!
Peace to you,
Next Up: Seoul, South Korea for Thanksgiving! (hopefully I can get to it before Christmas hits!)