spikesgirl58 (spikesgirl58) wrote,
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Day 18 – goodbye, Volcano. Hello, Kona

It’s hard to believe that the trip is over. Today we said a sad farewell to Michael and Hale Ohia and then discovered the car wouldn’t start. Then it did start. What the heck? We decided that it would be safer to take it back to Hertz and get another one. What a mess that was! They were not happy about trading the car, but eventually did after making TBG jump through hoops.

We got the same sort of vehicle and headed up over the Saddle Road, which is much improved over the old one. Now it’s fairly straight, in good repair and lesser up and down. I do miss the old Saddle Road, but not much. That thing was so twisty and turny that I always got sick on it.

However, it did take you through some fascinating lava fields that the new one doesn’t.
TBG turned the wrong was when we came off the road – on the old road you had to turn left, now you turn right, but he knew better than the sign. After about twenty minutes, he allowed as he might have turned the wrong way. It put twenty more minutes on an already long trip and we arrived at the Marriot Waikoloa Beach resort grumpy and tired. Worse of all, it was cloudy and gloomy, just the sort of weather we had had in Volcano. Except Hilo was sunny and gorgeous this morning… sigh…
Jeff’s room wasn’t ready, so we dropped off everything in ours and went to get some lunch – it was nearly three at this point and we were having dinner at seven at Brown’s, so we didn’t want too much. TBG and I split a pupu platter (mahi mahi fingers, quesadillas and chicken wings) and Jeff got a Caesar salad.

After that, he decided to go back and fight with the desk and we went up to our room to change into swimsuits, except our luggage hadn’t arrive. They had tagged it for the wrong room. We got that fixed, changed (Jeff declined and went to his room to relax and write) and we hit the pool. The water was fresh water and it was a little odd to swim in it after swimming in salt water for so long. It was refreshing, though, and just what we needed to put the long drive behind us. The day cleared up, although there were still plenty of clouds.

Afterwards, we showered and TBG went down to the business center to print our boarding passes. We then walked to the King’s Shops and looked around, then grabbed the shuttle and went to the Queen’s shops.

We got back to the room to discover that we had messages – one was from security. They had found TBG travel pouch, which held our passports, travel documents and all our money. He’d left it at the business center when he printed the tickets. Thank the stars security found it before someone else did. TBG got really worried about things afterwards. He is getting very forgetful, but has been denying it up to this point. We decided to put it behind us and worry about it tomorrow (Just like Scarlet O’Hara).

There was a gorgeous sunset which we watched as we changed for dinner. We decided that because it was the last night, we’d go to Brown’s for dinner. It wasn’t the experience it had been in the past. They were out of the entrée I wanted and there was a very loud and complaining woman at the table beside us.

We started out with some shrimp spring rolls, just enough for the three of us, then I had some chilled roasted hearts of palm soup (very bland and unexciting). TBG had a Maui onion and tomato salad. Jeff had the Mahi Mahi for his entrée, TBG had Ono and I had Ahi. It was all wonderful, but I was so stuffed by the end. TBG ordered a trio of ice cream/sorbets, which we split.
It was time to waddle back to our comfy beds and get ready for the trip home tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone who came along with me on this trip and for all your comments! It wouldn’t be as much fun without you guys!
Tags: food, friends., hawaii
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