On Sunday night Jonika and Ollie went to a birthday party.
Stan and Andy and I went to the restaurant at the Kona Country Club. We had a great view of Keauhou Bay and the dive boats with their lights for manta ray diving.
On Monday, our last full day in Hawai’i, we were treated to a whale watching tour on the Body Glove Boat, which is where Jonika and Chris met when they both worked in the boat.
We got very close to the whales, and one even bumped the boat! I saw a baby one swimming next to mom. They winter in Hawai’i for mating and giving birth, then make a beeline for Alaska for the summer. We had a naturalist telling us all about them.
there were Spinner Dolphins swimming around too.
The naturalist told us all about the whales’ mating rituals, and we realized we had the results of the Body Glove Boat mating ritual with us. And we love them.
That night we went out for our farewell dinner at Lava Java, a nice ocean front venue with the sound of crashing waves.
Then Tuesday we packed up and Chris and Jonika and Ollie came over to help us clean up the condo and get packed up. With a very short connection in L.A., we knew we had to pack for an extra day, including my food. We put all our meds and toothbrushes in my carryon bag.
When we got to the airport we didn’t have much time to spare. They were lining up the pre boarders. But they soon announced a delay. And then more delay. And we were in the open air airport in the voggy wind. They kept announcing, “no updates, please continue to wait”. We finally made our way to the enclosed restaurant. And then we saw that something had been announced. Stan went to find out. I saw the flight crew leaving as Stan came back and said the flight was canceled. American would put us up at the Hilton Waikiloa with meal vouchers and taxi vouchers. We and all the other passengers had to stand in line for our vouchers and to rebook. We were talking to the people around us and we made a new friend, Anssi from Finland. He had been there for an IT convention. The agent found us a flight the next day on Alaska Airlines which would get us home that night. Our original flight was rescheduled for 4 pm the following day which would get us to Los Angeles after the last flight to Reno.
We rode in a great taxi for the 1/2 hour ride up to Waikiloa. The driver was the owner of a fleet and he said he or another driver would pick us up at 10:30 the next morning.
Our room was on the ground floor right in front of the dolphin pool. Andy called Chris and he said “Sweet!” and said he and Ollie would come early to swim.
We had dinner in a sports bar and Anssi walked by so we invited him to sit with us. We learned a lot about him and Helsinki. He is a sailor and a skier like us. He had been to Reno for gambling and skiing at Squaw Valley. He learned a lot about us too! We will keep in touch.
The next morning Chris and Ollie showed up bright and early. We went to brunch on American Airlines dime.
Then Andy and Chris and Ollie went swimming and Stan and I packed up. On the way out of the hotel there was a man with a parrot.
Our taxi was waiting at 10:30 AM.
And then we flew off the island.
Then we finally arrived home and had a few days of sleeping late on Hawai’i time. We also had to do major baby proofing because Jonika and Ollie will be here on January 16, coming to stay with us for a month. Jonika was shaken by Stan’s septic shock as we all were, and we were all reminded that life is short.
Jonika’s best friend, Lyndi, has a son the same age. Jonika said Ollie and Landon meeting will be a dream come true.
I was hoping that my sinuses would clear up by getting out of the vog. But they are still draining. I hope to see an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor soon.
I also started my fourth round of Radicava and my motion sensors for the precision medicine program arrived. I do have to spend a lot of time managing my illness, leaving little time for pleasure things, like knitting or playing piano and I wonder when I will be able to go back to aqua fitness. I decided to pick up my knitting and the meditative aspect of helps me ignore my sinus problems. I posted a long time ago that ALS is a disease of ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. And life is full of the same.