so we're back in Sacramento missing some hawaiian food so tried to track down some musubi. a few places popped up an we will visit them all.
i did buy some spam sushi named musubi at sunshine hawaiian bbq on folsom blvd to take to the wife for a jet lagged slice of maui craving lunch.
spam! spam! spam!
and for desert a hidden leftover gem from our baggage.
what a miserable california day. what???
its like a typhoon lite. wind whipped rain falling sideways. snarled commute.
why did we ever leave maui. its part of the U.S. so its not like overstaying a visa and theyd kick us out.
getting ready to go to work in the rain with no pineapple, papaya, passion fruit breakfast. oh the humanity and the indignity suffered. maui come back
we made it back to sacramento fine. mission accomplished. woke up this morning to rain in sacramento. a far cry from the maui we experienced due to el nino. it was like summer there because el nino has sent storms to California instead.
the flight home was smoother in our cadillac of the skies airbus a330. it was a much faster trip too.
sacramento to maui we flew into headwinds that slowed us all down. returning we had a 80mph tailwind so the flight time was around 4 hours. much better.
cheryl had a much better flight time returning including watching the original jurrasic park that filmed in hawaii. fitting and funny
the landings was a bit rough. in kahului we flew through the valley over the soon to be gone sugar cane fields and got bounced around but not as bad as landing in las vegas with the thermals. with the big plane for their average smaller airport runway the pilot had to hit the brakes hard. real hard! think we experienced what it is like being a crash test dummy in deceleration.
in oakland we crabbed when we landed. as the well seasoned pilot just about touched down there must have been a big wind gust. one wing lifted a bit, our left wheels hit the runway and as they grabbed the plane righted itself by pulling left.
having flown a lot as a child and tried being a pilot myself i knew this was a white knuckle moment hoping our wing didnt strike the runway as the pilot fought the plane at the last minute of touchdown. most passengers didnt even realize what happened. just happy to be down.
i've experienced hard landings, the hard breaking at kahului, but this landing at oakland was my most unplesdent landing experience. all seemed fine till that last few seconds of touchdown where the wing dipped, we landed and crabbed.
thank you to sandy and michelle at the haiku plantation inn for the hospitality.
thank you to cheryl's friend karen for cat sitting our Buttercup and entertaining her in our abscence.
thanks to my wife cheryl for suggesting and being part of the decision making process of our trip. i'm very glad to have her and she made the trip all the better.
and thank you to the island, ocean, flora, fauna, and fruit of maui for a wonderfull experience.
a hui hou.... goodbye till we meet again.
so its almost time to reverse sacramento to maui. we flew out of oakland instead of sacramento for a few reasons including being cheaper. flights from oakland just seem to be cheaper.
so sacramento to oakland. oakland to maui also known as oak to ogg instead of smf to ogg. now we wait to fly 5.5 hours arriving 7ish west coast to then drive just under two more hours. maybe we should have taken tomorrow off of work. o well.
the gate is just now starting to call boarding soon with wheel chair and disabled. so eventually we'll be on board after a few zones of seating are called. we are over the wing in the middle of the plane
we returned the car wiki wiki at thrifty and got in the tsa line. the tsa front people were very island friendly but there were many more than in oakland. once past the id and getting to the body scan it got a little more intense and rushed. but we're in the airport. no worries brah.
just getting a little cross breeze as the kahului airport is quite open aired like most hawaiian structures to let tge outside in and catch the breeze. being a noon time flight i grabbed a quick hot dog (yes it's bad for me) island style with a pineapple relish and maui grown onions of course.
it was tasty and the store looked like a food truck. frankly gourmet... appreciated the play on words.
cheryl waiting for the flight with a flower in her air. at the haiku plantation inn we stayed in the plumeria suite and sandy the owner left cheryl the fake flower clip. we also got the real thing for her later.
The Randalls. Neil who is married to Cheryl have been planning a Maui vacation for months. We are sharing a few things to do in Maui on this Maui Travel Blog