Sunday, November 26, 2017

Memories of Kona Sunsets

Yes, we're definitely back home.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

KOA (Kona Airport): Best Waiting Area

Especially when your flight is late - air conditioned and cold (but expensive) beer...

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Big Island of Hawaii: Rainbows and Sunsets

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

We drove over to the other side of Kona the other day and discovered this garden.

Since we like food, we were interested many different varieties of ginger. It's a fairly spectacular garden squeezed into a reasonably compact location.

A stand of bamboo impressed us...

Blossoms everywhere...

The resemblance is clear...

Something new every few feet...

This many palm trees?

Ocean views...

More blossoms...

And trees...

Strange shapes...

A great place to visit...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Kona Bound

Maybe via Portland? Rumors abound. Yup, to make sure there's enough reserve fuel.

Yes, we landed in Portland to top up the fuel reserve, due to headwinds. We landed at Kona an hour late and Alaska gave everyone on board a $100 flight credit. 

They can divert us anytime they want for a hundred bucks.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Home Sweet Sehome

Two great back-to-back trips, and it still feels good to be home.

Did we ever miss our coffee machine!

Review: Dinner on ANA (NH) 116 HND-YVR

Perhaps we can best describe it as a Japanese interpretation of what the menu calls "international cuisine."

We simply say "itadakimass."

Haneda Airport: At the Gate

The sign reads in English "Please wait for a while."

A lot of employees...

This is an "old" 787, quite a step down...

It will still get us there.

Haneda Royal Park Transit Hotel

We disembarked our SYD-HND flight about 5:00 a.m. Our flight to Vancouver departs at 9:45 p.m.

The Royal Park Hotel worked out really well for us.

We'd made a reservation, and the check-in was quick and efficient. The room is small - very small, like other transit hotels we've stayed at - but it was almost luxurious, and the king size bed makes it look even smaller.

The bathroom is tiny, but includes a combination tub-shower and a "fancy" Toto toilet.

We rented the room for 12 hours. Brian slept 9 or 10, and Kathy wasn't far behind.

We feel great and may treat the next flight like a day flight.