Welcome to Day 15 of Janet and Randy's Kauai Adventure 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
After the glorious weather we had yesterday, I was excited to be spending our last day here in the sun and surf. However, when we woke up at 7:00am and looked out the window, it was super overcast and the weather was gloomy. Also, there were flash flood warnings for most of the island (the warnings were cancelled later in the morning). Great. Apparently my parents phone was notified @ 2.25a that there were flash floods. Even though it was very gloomy, the temps were warm, and it didn't stop us from putting on shorts and a t-shirt.
For breakfast, we decided to just go to Starbucks. Randy had a breakfast sandwich and I had a chocolate croissant. We went back to the room for a bit, then headed to Kapaa for a 90 minute massage that we had booked earlier in the week - I would have been bummed if it was super sunny and clear, but going for a massage when it's gloomy makes me feel a bit more justified. We had booked at the same place (Ola Massage) and with the same masseuses (Elaina and Elionne) as before. We arrived right on time, and were able to go right into our massage rooms. The 90 minute massage was really nice, and the gals had time to really give us a full body massage (read: dig elbows in deeper and for longer). I highly recommend them if you are ever on Kauai.
It was 11:30am when we were done our massage, so we did a bit of shopping, then went back to Monico's Taqueria for some more of their delicious Mexican food. This time I had the chicken mole enchiladas, and Randy had the fish burrito. Both were excellent. We chatted a bit with our waitress and found out that the owner (Monico) is at the restaurant any time that it is open, as he has very exacting standards for his food. Which definitely shows, as we have always had great food there (and consistently over the years we've been going).
After we were finished lunch, we went back to the Marriott. As a Marriott Platinum Premier Elite, Randy automatically got a late check-out of 4:00pm. When we checked in the day before, we had been told that we could pay a bit extra for a later check-out, but we got 2 different answers from 2 different front desk staff as to whether we could check out at 6:00pm or 8:00pm. Supposedly, they were to leave us a voice mail sometime between 8:00 and 8:30am to let us know if we could get the later check-out, and if we would need to change rooms. When we got back to the room, there still wasn't a message, so we walked down to reception to find out. We fully expected to find out that we would have to check out at 4:00pm, so we were pleasantly surprised when they said that the had confirmed an 8:00pm check-out, and that we didn't have to change rooms (and that they had decided that the previous evening). They re-keyed our room cards so we would have access until 8:00pm.
Once that was all settled, we decided to hang by the pool for a bit. Even though it was extremely overcast (we didn't see the sun even once during the day), it was warm out, and it wasn't raining. We swam around in the pool for a bit, soaked in the hot tub for a bit, then just sat with our iPads on a lounge chair for a while. Around 3:00pm, we decided to head back to the room for a nap. Randy managed to fall asleep for a bit, but I wasn't able to (dreaming of pineapple).
We then showered, as we still had massage oil on us (even after swimming in the pool). Around 5:30pm, we headed out to Hamura's Saimin one last time. This time I tried the shrimp tempura saimin, while Randy got the regular saimin. (they are basically the same soup - just with different toppings) and go to Costco to get gas for our car prior to returning it. When we got back to the hotel, we decided to head straight to the bar, as our resort fee included 2 free mai tais (this is per stay, not per night). We got our drinks and managed to find some comfy couches next to a fire. Once we were done our drinks, we went back to the room, packed up the last few things, and then took our luggage down to the car.
Once we got to the parking lot, Randy realized that he didn't have the car keys. Uh oh. Even though he didn't remember them in the room, he went back up to check. They weren't there. The only other possible place they could be was at the bar - as we had gone straight there from the car. Sure enough, they had been found by our waitress. Phew! I didn't want to have to explain that to the rental car company - ah ya, I think I lost the keys at the bar, hee hee hee.
So, we headed off to the airport, which was only 10 minutes away from the hotel. Randy dropped me off with the luggage before heading to the car rental place. We were pleasantly surprised to see that Alaska had curbside check-in for First Class and Elite passengers. Randy just had to quickly show his ID, and I was able to do the rest of the check-in as he went to return the car (more details on my flight review). Off to the rental car return. The lot is well of airport property for National and so I had to take a shuttle back, and the shuttle driver was saying that it wasn't too busy, but we had a nice little chat on the short ride back to the airport.
Once Randy was back, we got through security quickly as we were eligible to use the TSA Pre-Check line. Randy's rollerbag was pulled aside for a secondary search, though. (they did a swab for explosives). But we were through within 5 minutes. We went to Starbucks to get some ice water in our hydroflasks, then just wandered around the airport until our boarding time of 9:25pm. There really isn't much to see in the Lihue airport - Gates 3-10, that's right just 8 gates. Although, gates 3&4 and 9&10 are cordoned off, as you are forced to yet again go through agricultural screening. There is even a sign that says, "Yes - you have to do this again". We boarded the plane and even pushed back from the gate 10 minutes early. This time no pilot to come out and chat like on the outbound flight
There was a limited service on the way back as this was an overnight flight. The only meal they offered was a cheese and fruit plate. The lights were turned off the entire flight so that people could sleep. I managed to crash for about an hour, but Randy wasn't able to fall asleep.
We ended up arriving an hour early, which meant that we now had a 4.5 hour layover in Seattle in stead of 3.5 hours. We weren't sure if we would be given access to the Alaska Lounge as we were in economy on the connecting flight to Edmonton (because that flight doesn't have a first class), but luckily, they let us into the lounge so that we could have somewhere a little more comfortable to hang out.
In the lounge, there was a selection of pastries, so I had a scone and Randy had a muffin. Then I spent some time catching up on the travel journal and editing photos. Randy managed to snooze a bit in the lounge, but as I had slept a bit on the plane, I wasn't able to. Before we left the lounge, I had some oatmeal, as we wouldn't be eating on the flight to Edmonton (I believe Randy had a pancake and some oatmeal).
We headed off to our gate and waited a few minutes before boarding began. We were in row 2 of the plane again, so it was a little cool waiting on the plane while everyone boarded. Once in the air, I fell asleep pretty much right away. There was a drink service, but I slept through that. Soon we were landing in Edmonton to relatively warm weather (1 degree Celsius). Since we were bringing back some food items (nuts, tea, chocolates, coffee), we did claim that on our customs form. By the time we had walked from the end of the terminal to Customs, our bags were already out. One bag was on the carousel, and another had been pulled off. When we went towards the other bag, there was a customs agent who asked us for our customs forms. She then went "Oh good, you declared food", as they somehow knew that we had some food in our bag (although we had food in the other bag as well, but that didn't seem to be an issue). Big Brother ! Regardless, we were able to take our bag and leave the customs hall.
We grabbed a limo to take us home. We unpacked a bit, then lay down for a nap as we hadn't really slept much in the past 24 hours. It was a good holiday, and it was good to be home. Shaka ! The End
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