Wednesday, February 20, 2013

2013 Wowwie Maui!!!!

Feb. 18----

 The much anticipated, and dreaded, day finally arrived.  Our marathon flights began at 7:30 am, 3:30 Hawaii time.  All started ok---we made it from STL - DFW on time and looked like we'd leave there on time, too.  But, of course, that wasn't going to happen!  After teasing us with a plane at the gate and announcing boarding soon, they decided to check out the plane and found mechanical  problems.  For some reason, they think the brakes should not have a hydraulic leak.  So they ended up pulling the plane and sending us to another gate.  3 hours late (resulting in about 5 hours layover instead of 2), we were finally on our 8 1/2 hour non-stop flight to Maui.
At least the views from the plane were somewhat interesting.

We were suppose to see sunset from Kihei, but ended up seeing it from the air while we were on our appoach into OGG.
Picked up our Budget rental car (a new Ford Escape) and headed straight to our resort---Worldmark Kihei.  I reserved a 2 bedroom twin/no view unit since I had to waitlist the first 8 or so nights and those are the configured rooms that WM Kihei has the most of.  The waitlisted days started filling in 4-6 weeks before our trip even though I started the waitlist 13 months out when I booked the last 9 days.  About a month before our trip, I got all the days and were able to combine them into one reservation for the whole trip.  Yea!---we didn't have to change rooms and only ended up having to pay one housekeeping fee!  About 6 months before our trip, some friends decided to join us for part of the trip.  Won't they be surprised when they end up in twin beds when they arrive next Wed.?!  Anyway, we checked in, unpacked, then headed out for food---Safeway, too tired to go to a restaurant.

Tuesday, Feb. 19:

Figuring we would be awake early, we agreed to do the "owner update" at 7:30 am in exchange for a $100 certificate for an excursion.  That went quickly and easily --- 45 minutes and we were out of there.   Considering it was in the unit below ours, it was quick and easy to get to also!

Their excursion presentation was starting soon after we finished the update, so we listened to it, too.  Turned out to be a good thing---we won the buy one, get one free coupon to the luau at the Hyatt.  So we used the $100 certificate from the update to buy the other one.  Free luau for us!!!  So next Monday we're off to a luau.

Back at the room, I took a few pictures of our room--and put them together in a rough pan:  Here I was standing by the lanai door.

another rough pan from the middle of the room looking left towards the sliding doors to the lanai and around to the front door at the right: master bedroom to the right of the sliding lanai door, kitchen in the middle, 2nd bedroom to the left of front door, 2nd bathroom left of 2nd bedroom.  

Sunday, February 10, 2013

2013 Feb. trip to Florida (Sea World)

The 5th week of the year rolled around again, so it was time for another trip to Florida.  My Dad bought that week at Orange Lake in Orlando for all of us to enjoy.  My sister Carolyn and her boyfriend Chester were going, so I decided it would be fun to join them for a couple days.  So I conned Angie into going with me for 3 nights.  Instead of staying at Orange Lake, though, Angie and I stayed at Wyndham Bonnet Creek right by Disney.  I flew into Ft. Lauderdale and spent the first couple nights there at Angie's, then she and I made the 3 1/2 hour ride to Orlando.

One of those first days in Coral Springs, they took me to the nearby park they like to go to for viewing alligators.  It was a nice day and we did see lots of iquanas and a few alligators. 

A gator coming to say, "Hi!"
 Josh helping a fisherman with his catch.