It's really good to be back on Maui!

Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
Trip End Nov 01, 2011

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Mostly at my daughter Sand's condo
What I did
Looked up old friends and colleagues

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's been 5 1/2 years since we retired, packed up, sold our 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath 2200 sq ft house and tons of accumulated 'stuff', and left the paradise island of Maui, for the life of living in an approx. 350 sq ft Motorhome, and started traveling around North America.    So far, we've been to 49 of the Continental US States, down the east coast of Mexico and back up the west coast, with a little in between and even a few small parts of Canada, too. 

Much as I love the RV lifestyle, visiting old friends and family around the country, and also making many new friends along the way, especially, at our Winter Texan home in Brownsville, TX,   I have also missed Maui and the family and friends we left behind. So, I was very happy to finally get a chance to returned to Maui for several weeks.

The trip from Brownsville to Maui, however, was not easy, or uneventful.  I was scheduled on a late afternoon flight from the Harlingen Airport, on Southwest, by way of a connection in Austin, TX to arrive at San Diego late that evening.  Then I'd have a overnight layover and fly out early the next morning on Alaska Air to Maui,  arriving mid-morning Hawaii time.  The timing for the trip was mostly because I had an appointment to see our friend Frank between my arrival on Maui and his departure later that afternoon to Pennsylvania.

However..... upon check-in at Harlingen, they informed me that my connection in Austin wasn't going to work, due to some flight delays elsewhere, so they put me on a flight to Houston, where I would connect to a flight by way of Phoenix to San Diego. But, once again, in Houston they said that wouldn't work either, so they said they'd put me up in a hotel in Phoenix, then I'd be on the first flight out in the morning to San Diego.   All very nice, except for the fact, that their AM flight wouldn't get to San Diego in time for my flight to Maui.

So back to the drawing board..... after trying many different options, the best they could do was to fly me to Los Angeles, getting in about 11:30pm,  then I would have to get a shuttle, or rent a car, and get myself to San Diego. Well, easier said than done. There weren't any shuttles available, and it took several tries to find a car rental that wasn't going to cost and arm and a leg, etc.  National Rent a Car finally came through and off I went on the 2 1/2 hour drive to San Diego to catch my flight to Maui. So, the overall trip was long and tiring, but I was finally back home on Maui!!! 
BTW, when I left Texas, the regular gas price was about $3.40 and when I topped off the tank in San Diego it was $4.30, then when I arrived on Maui, it was $4.50 (now, it's about $4.85).

Since then, I've been re-connecting with lots of family, friends and colleagues. There's been lots of changes, a lot due to the bad economy, and some because of the Tsunami, but there's lots more that has stayed the same.

A couple of days after I arrived, we all went out to dinner for Bear's cousin Pauli's birthday.  Pauli's beautiful daughter Ali joined us at the Aroma D'Italia restaurant for a delicious meal. 

A couple of weeks later, I attended a 'Wahine N Hats' luncheon at the Seascape Restaurant at Ma'alaea Harbor.  It's a group of ladies that meet every month, or two, and we always wear hats appropriate to a theme, this time it was Easter.    It was also a great way for me to see several friends at once and we all had a good time. 

Another get together was at Hope and David's house. They used to live across the street from my daughter Karen and their kids were friends with my grandkids.    It was a really nice gathering and there were several people from the 'old neighborhood',   so it almost felt like time had stood still... except for the fact, that the kids were now teenagers and almost all grown up. etc. 

I've also already connected with, and/or have plans to see, even more friends here on Maui soon.  Meanwhile, Terry is on the road somewhere, headed west across mid-America. So I'll have to get that news sometime in the not too distant future.
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Donya on

Hey girlfriend you look beautiful in your ha!
Let's go out to dinner before you leave!

Donya on

I meant to say 'hat'
(rhymes with cat ha ha)

Jan Burgoin on

Great to see you having fun in your wonderful Maui - enjoy the rest of your stay - see you in Texas

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