Welcome to Day 3 of Janet and Randy's Kauai Adventure 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
The previous night we were quite tired and ended up falling asleep at 9:00pm. So then we ended up waking up at 4:30am this morning. I lazed in bed reading, while Randy was updating the journal. It was still dark out, and we just had a couple of small lights on. We heard a crinkling noise from the kitchen area, and when Randy got up to investigate, he saw a mouse running across the counter. It had been in an empty chip bag that Randy had left on the counter. We have seen cockroaches and various other insects in hotel rooms before, but a mouse was a new one for us. We threw the chip bag into the garbage and then went back to what we were doing (as I hadn't packed any mouse traps with me or anything). Later on, we went downstairs and told the front desk about it. They offered to move us to a different room, but we were going to be checking out in a few hours, so it wasn't worth packing our stuff up to move to another room. Plus, it's not like the mouse was hurting us or anything. All I hoped is that he didn't decide to hide out in one of our suitcases and catch a free ride to Kauai.
Instead of having the included breakfast at the hotel, we decided to shower up and head to Sugar Beach Bake Shop. Last time we were on Maui, we had bought some (extremely delicious) pies from the bakery, but we had heard that they had really good cinnamon buns (sticky bun). We got to the bakery at about 6:45am (they open at 6am), and ended up ordering one cinnamon bun and one tropical scone with pineapple, macadamia nuts and a mango drizzle. They were SO good. They warm the stick bun for you and the icing is nearly dripping off the plate.
After inhaling our baked goods, we went to a Starbucks to get some drinks, then headed back to the room to pack up our beach stuff. We headed back to Little Beach to get in some beach time before we had to fly to Kauai. We arrived just after 8:00am and it was already really warm out. We splashed around in the waves for a couple of hours, then went back to our room where we rinsed off and packed up our stuff. We checked out, then headed to find a place to eat before heading to the airport. We hadn't had any fish tacos yet on our holiday, so Randy found a Mexican place that looked promising in Kihei. However, when we got there, the restaurant was closed - as they are only open Monday to Friday. What kind of restaurant is not open on a Saturday?? That's just crazy. Next door to Mexican place was a place called Maui Teriyaki. As expected, this place made teriyaki dishes (with choices of chicken, beef, pork and tofu). We ended up just ordering a 3-meat plate - with chicken, pork and beef, and then sharing it. It was good - but nothing spectacular. Then it was off to Kahului to top up the car with gas and head to the airport.
There is a Costco very close to the airport, so we decided to fill up the car there. However, when we got there, there was quite the massive line up for the pumps. We had lots of time, so rather than wander around looking for another gas station, we just decided to wait in line. The lineup went fairly quickly and soon we were on our way to the airport. Randy dropped me and the bags off at the terminal and went to drop off the rental car. Hawaiian Airlines has self-check in kiosks where you can print your own baggage tag. I checked us in and put the tag on our checked bag, and then waited for Randy before taking it to the bag drop. Which was good as they wanted to see ID before checking the bag, and we had added the checked bag to Randy's ticket. The baggage drop area was a gong show, as there were several large groups with many pieces of luggage, so as we were (not so) patiently waiting for a disastrous group in front of us to apply all their baggage tags to their many pieces, the gal just called us up as we already had our luggage tagged and we didn't need to wait. Note: apply luggage tags then get in line, don't hold up others. Sorry, rant over.
As we both had TSA Pre-Check, we were able to breeze through security. We had an hour before our flight, so we hung out in the air-conditioned food court for a while as it was a really hot day (34 C) and most of the airport is open air. Finally it was time to board our flight and were off to Kauai. The flight was 40 minutes and was uneventful. As usual, they came around with Passion-Orange juice for the flight (which is my favourite). It's really just watered down food colouring with a bit of flavour... but Janet likes it so I'm not saying nothing.
Once we arrived in Kauai, Randy headed off to the car rental and I went to wait for the checked bag. I got to the rental car lot and low and behold, I get the same type and colour rental as we had on Maui, a white Mustang Convertible. This time, I managed to get the luggage and be out on the curb before Randy arrived (but he showed up shortly after). I was able to tetris in the luggage into the boot and off we went. We stopped at Costco for a 'Booze and Bagel' run and then headed to our resort.
We had to take a bit of a detour as the tree tunnel road that a person takes to Poipu was closed for some sort of maintenance. So, we had to follow the highway further west, and then take another road back. But it sounds like this isn't a permanent thing, so that's good. We got the keys to our unit and unpacked all our stuff. We were starting to get hungry, so we went over to Poipu Shopping Village for some supper. We came across a place called Island Tacos, and since we didn't end up having tacos for lunch, we decided to try it. Randy had an ahi burrito, and I got a mahi mahi taco. Both were okay - but not as good as some that we have had.
After supper, we went to the Big Save and picked up a few more groceries, then headed back to the unit, where we broke open some vodka and guava. By 8:30 we were both yawning and we were asleep by 9:00 !
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