Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
Trip End Nov 20, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Saturday, October 29, 2011

Well, we have mixed feelings about today. On one hand, we are Hawaii bound.  On the other hand, The Mothership is not joining us and is heading back to England and we have no fixed date when we see her again. 

Our extortionately expensive 'cheap' hotel did not provide breakfast (or car parking for that matter – swines!) so Noah went out foraging for coffees and muffins.  A successful mission and some happy people.

We had a small problem to solve which was we had a pile of dirty washing the size of Texas and we only had a broken 1 laundry bag to put it all in.  So the second mission of the day was to find a cheap laundry bag, in Beverly Hills.  The Mothership was chomping at the bit for one more look around the shops that the two of the heading off into the sunset (blvd!).

Elwood and I build a cubby house in the hotel room and play brother bear whilst we wait for the pool to be open.  We then have a dip in the pool.  Elwood is loving his new red swimming goggles and is constantly looking for both treasure and sharks in the pool.  Elwood has a good swim and is absolutely charming company.

Soon the Mothership and Noah return.  Noah was not successful in his laundry bag hunting efforts.   Mum, on the other hand,  has a successful mission, she bought me a super dooper vest top, she got a gorgeous top for herself and she bought Noah some gaffer  tape to mend the broken bag.  Result!

So we bundle up the dirty clothes and Noah tapes them into the bag.  I briefly feel very uncool  for being such a sloppy traveller, and then I remember I am on my way to Hawaii and I feel all cool again.

Whilst I get ready, Noah manages to sort out our hotel loyalty rewards – he is clearly going for maximum husband points today.

We are in the car on the way to the airport for midday. Elwood chats the whole journey, mostly about his birthday party next year (this is quite important to him at the moment).   It is the most gorgeous  day of beautiful sunshine. LA we may have been hasty in our thoughts that it is always foggy.  The drive from the hotel to the airport gives us a great view of LA and the Hollywood Hills.  And it’s official, we are crazy about Cali.  It has been tops!

We drop Mum at her terminal and we are sad that we don’t know when we see her again.  But we are all super glad she joined us for Cali.  Thanks Mum and safe home!

We then drop off the hire car and head back to our terminal and check in.  We were charged (horrendously) for excess baggage, felt incredibly resentful for about 10 minutes and then remembered we are on our way to Hawaii! 

Elwood had a melt down at airport security.  He has taken to wearing a scarf as a tail, pretty much most of the time. He is convinced he is a lion.  Somehow, Elwood manages to make this look cool (so cool in fact both Noah and I are considering wearing tails too!).  Anyway, airport security insisted ‘that your son take off that scarf or whatever it is’.   I mentioned that it was a lion’s tail and so he rephrased the question and asked that Elwood take off his tail.  Elwood freaked and was adamant that he is a real lion and real lions do not have to take their tails off. 

We had 3 hours to wait for our flight and after Elwood’s tail-based meltdown he was as chipper as can be and charming the whole wait.  We played cars and animals and Elwood was laughing his head off. The time whizzed by and we were soon boarding the flight.

The flight was about 6 hours and there was no complimentary food or personal tv’s.  Luckily, we are pro’s and were prepared for this.  We read books, Elwood ate his snacks and then watched Brother Bear 2 and then slept for the remainder of the flight.  Almost unbelievably, it was a stress free flight.  We briefly watched a bad movie (Captain America – don’t bother) and Noah watched some TV whilst I listened to an audio book.  It was almost like being on a mini-break.

Getting out of the airpot, getting the hire care and then getting on the road was super straight forward although we are surprised it is pitch black and only 7 in the evening.

We find our accommodation, about 45 mins north of Honolulu.  Reception is not open and they have just left the keys out for us.  We get into little studio and it is great.  It does smell a bit, quite a lot like another one of the rooms we have stayed in.  I hope it is not us (or our stuff) that smells that bad – although I am not ruling it out.

We can see the sand from our balcony and we can hear the waves on the sand.  That is pretty much all we have experienced of Hawaii so far but we are feeling  the aloha vibe. 
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