It's really good to be back on Maui!
Trip Start Jan 02, 2011
3Trip End Nov 01, 2011
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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,
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.