Thursday, November 17, 2011

We Got It!!

Here is a photo of the small Limo we will be driven in.

Hey Ya'll,

Well, after negotiating back and forth a few times, we easily came to an agreement with our Limousine Company of choice, for them to drive us round trip from Sacrament to the Bay Area and back, for our trip to Hawaii.....We originally wanted to take a Stretch Limousine, but we decided that we didn't want to pay the high price they were wanting for it.  The owner of the Limo Company determined that since it was just Walt and I going this trip, we would be able to fit both of us, all of our Luggage, and my Walker, into the smaller Toyota Camry Hybrid they have.  So we have decided to go with it.  This way, they can do all the driving and we can relax during the 2nd half of our trip from home to the Bay Area Hotel, and back.

Once we are there, our friend Aggie who had moved to the Bay Area, will pick us up and we will go to a nice Italian Restaurant for Dinner.  Aggie is a great friend and one of the sweetest people you could ever want to know.  Walt used to work with her, and he really misses there time together!  But she retired and is now working part time taking care of her 2 grand children!  So...we get a chance to have Dinner with Aggie and get caught up!  Of course, we still have to contact Kat and let her know that our Truck will be parked in front of her house for 2 weeks, and Aggie to let her know that we will not have our Truck with us, and will need her to pick us up for Dinner!!  LOL  Just 2 more details to have to remember to deal with.... :)  So what else is new???

The Hotel we are staying at near the Airport, provides a free shuttle between the Hotel and the Airport so luckily, we do not need our Truck there.  And after thinking about it, we decided that although the Hotel provides us free parking for the 2 weeks, we didn't want to leave our Truck at the Hotel, out in the open that long.  So we will leave our Truck at Kat's house while we are gone.  So, the owner of the Limo Company agreed to drive us round trip for the same price that we paid (for a Stretch Limo) years ago.  And this price includes the Tip to the driver.  However, we will probably tip him extra on top of it anyway!

So, except for deciding exactly what we want to do while in Hawaii, all my research is done!  I have us booked in First Class seats (I got a great deal....), and I have our Rental Car on hold.  Since we both have new Camera's, we will probably spend a lot more time driving around the Island than we originally planned.  Usually we want to go and just "relax".  Basically do a whole lot of nothing!  I do want to get some nice photos, and I know that Walt does, but I also hope that we are not going every single day!  I would like some rest too.  Especially since I will be spending 2 days of our trip doing laundry!! 

To save from having to take additional luggage, and clothes for the 2 weeks.  I am packing for 1 week, then I will wash all of our clothes for the second week.  Then I will wash them again, the day before we leave for home, so that I don't have to do laundry as soon as we get home!!  Luckily, we have a 1 Bedroom Suite with a separate Living Room, full Kitchen/Dining area with full size Washer and Dryer!

But after extensive research, I have found a ton of places worth going to, both for a fee and many are free, that would be great places to take beautiful photos at.  Some of them are lush Gardens.  We will probably do at least one hike, maybe more.  One of the hikes ends at a small Waterfall, with Gardens all the way up to the Waterfall.  But like I said, I would like to have some days off, where I am not doing laundry or running around on my feet a lot!!  So....we shall see.  We have purchased enough memory for our Camera's, in order to easily get us through the vacation.  At my highest resolution of 16 mp, I have about 6385 photos that I can take, and Walt has about 20,000 (I am using one of the extra Memory sticks and Walt will use up to 3 of them, plus what came with the Camera's)!!  So I think that we are set! LOL

Well, I guess I should go.  I need to try to get my MIL's Afghan done by Thanksgiving!  I am not sure if I will get it done, but I am hopeful.  I would have had it done in time, but I stopped to do all the research!!  Anyway, till next time....

Aloha My Friends :)

Here is a photo of one of our Resorts Pools at night....doesn't it look so inviting??

Hawaii Ko Olina Villa Pool


Sandy Lee said...

Have a great trip. Going away is so much fun.

Debi said...

Thanks Sandy Lee! Yes, it has been a few years since we have taken a Vacation! It will be nice to get away to a beautiful Tropical setting!!

Kristin50 said...

You are going to have such a fabulous time! Be Safe!

Debi said...

Thanks Kristin! We will!

Lonicera said...

It all sounds wonderful Debi - I'm so envious. One of the things on my bucket list has always been to go to Hawaii and photograph the big crashing waves, if possible with surfers on them. Hope you'll take a couple and show my on your blog!

Debi said...

If we get to the North Shore were the big waves will be this time of year, and we stop long enough to take photos there, I will try Caroline!!