Matt and I woke up at 3 AM this morning for a planned arrival at the Honolulu airport just before 4 AM. It seems everyone was still sleeping because there was no one around at the Hawaiian Airlines check-in counter when we arrived. We were able to check-in after about 15 minutes. No biggie. When we got to security a short moment later there wasn’t anyone working there either, but there was a line of about 20 people waiting. Thankfully I’m a pretty patient girl and I had Matt to tell me “We’re going to be waiting anyway so why worry about it?” He was right. Soon we were told to have our boarding passes and IDs ready, and the line began moving.
Once we got to the front of the line I handed my boarding pass and military ID to the TSA woman behind a little podium. I said a pleasant, “Good Morning. How are you?” and she greeted me with a smile and said, “Good morning, and fine thanks.” She briefly looked at the boarding pass and then the front and back of my ID. Now you may be thinking, “Why use your military ID versus your driver’s license or passport?”. Generally it’s nice to use my military ID at domestic airports so I won’t be put through more checks than one at security. I’ve been through several when using my driver’s license. Since deciding to use my military ID I haven’t had more than the normal one check. Maybe it’s just better luck, or maybe they realize a military dependent is less likely to do something stupid at the airport or on a plane. I’d like to think it’s the latter. I have been told not to use my military ID in foreign countries because it can lead to being a target. I’m fine with using my passport which is required anyway and isn’t marked as being military in any way.
Soon I was taking my shoes and jacket off and putting them in the plastic bins we all know so well. Matt was in front of me taking out the very Mac book I’m using now, along with our camera as they wanted to check it as well. My camera isn’t small so the guy behind the scanning machine adjusted it just so next to my Mac book so both could be seen well in the scanner. Matt put his things in another bin and made his way through the metal detector. The TSA guy on the other side of the metal detector gave him a quick gloved pat down and then smiled and asked me to continue on through. I smiled and handed him my boarding pass and ID while saying, “Good Morning!” He asked me, “How are you so sweet and chipper at 4:30 this morning?” I replied with an even bigger smile, “I’m going to the Big Island!” He simply looked at my boarding pass and ID and smiled and returned them to me. After putting our stuff back where they belonged we were on our way to gate 55. On our way we found a Starbucks and decided to grab something yummy to stave off any hunger. We had a little over an hour before boarding began. Matt ordered an apple turnover thing they called a Gillette and a tall white chocolate mocha along with my banana nut muffin and tall Chai latte. We found a little table after the espresso machine and its operator did their magic. Oh how I’ve missed you Starbucks.
Matt and I found our gate and settled in for about a 45 minutes. I took out my camera, my new best friend, and wanted to take a few shots before boarding. I walked a short ways past the gate to get a picture of our plane. I took a couple of shots and then walked back to get one of our gate number. Before sitting down I decided to take a shot of Matt too. He gave me a cute smirk and then said, “You have issues.” I quickly with a smirk of my own, said, “I don’t have issues, I’m a scrapbooker now.”
Matt just before telling me I “have issues.”
I soon found myself opening my Mac book and a word document to start writing about the beginning of our trip. Matt then noticed the screen at our gate said the wrong destination. He got up to confirm our gate number and boarding time. I was content where I was tip-tap-typing away. He was soon back with news that our gate number had changed.
What we thought was our gate… but soon found out wasn’t.
Thankfully we didn’t have far to go. We were up and onto gate number 49. By the time we settled in and I was tip-tap-typing away again it was almost time to board. I decided to capture a shot of our new plane and gate number and then we were boarding.
Our new plane…
… and new gate.
When we got on the plane it was still pitch black outside. We were soon in the air for a short 45 minutes flight, a total of 219 miles from our little temporary home in Oahu. I watched the sun come up and soon was seeing the beautiful coastline of the island of Hawai’i. I was taking all my pictures now with my iPhone so I’m not sure how wonderful they came out. We’ll see… I’ll have to post those later as the internet here is a bit harder to get those to post. 🙂 But I will post them, well… if they’re not total blur muck. While getting closer to the island I noticed a ship and said, “oh, a ferry.” Matt looked out the window and said, “uh, that’s a cruise ship.” I had to look again and just started belly laughing at myself… LOL. I just couldn’t stop laughing at myself. As we got closer and closer it was clearly a cruise ship…. FAR LARGER THEN A FERRY! Tee hee hee.
Matt and I were soon making our way off the plane onto baggage claim and then off to Enterprise to pick up our rental car. We always rent an economy car as its only the two of us and it’s the cheapest. I told Matt as we approached the counter, “there will be no economy cars, there will be no economy cars.” This was my own way of willing it to be so we could get a free upgrade. Well they didn’t have any economy cars left since the “ferry” was coming to town so we immediately got an upgrade. Wooo hoo! Love that. In a matter of a few short moments we were on our way.
We weren’t going to be able to check into our little cabin until 3 PM, but I decided to call to see if it was available early. Nope. So to kill time, we drove around Hilo and took a ton of great pictures. We stopped at a little place called Ken’s House of Pancakes for breakfast and had some yummy food. We even found the cutest little scrapbook store, and of course I had to buy some stuff. By the time we got out of the scrapbook store it was 10:30 AM and time to call Kilauea Military Camp again. Our room was ready for us. 🙂
A beautiful windy part of the road we found while exploring.
The drive to the camp was about 45 minutes with a lot of up hill driving. It didn’t feel like we were on an island at all. It was just so much bigger than Guam and even Oahu. We made it quickly to our little place and oh my goodness is it cute. It’s a little cabin with a living room, bathroom (with a jet tub that I cannot wait to use), and a bedroom with a nice king size bed.
Our cute little cabin.
Cabin # 72
Our little living room, complete with a TV, fireplace, desk, and couch.
Our bedroom with a wonderful king size bed.
The wonderful jet tub. I can’t wait to get in it!!!
Matt and I were eager to get exploring. I was quickly out of my flip-flops and into my sneakers. It was very windy and much colder here then in Hilo, a difference of about 15 degrees, so I decided to throw on a sweatshirt and bring my jacket along. Layering is always best…
Oh my gosh we saw so much today. I promise I’ll post a ton of pics and share what we saw when I get home. That way I’ll have time to compile what we learned during our visit and match it all up to with the correct pics. 🙂
We came back to camp after a ton of great sites were seen and oh was I so glad to get online. I immediately always log into Skype first… and who did I see online? Ami!!! Oh, my Ami!!!! I was so thrilled. I immediately hit the call icon and heard the familiar little ring ring, ring ring. And then a click and a “Hello” It was Matt!!!! (okay, before I confuse all of you who don’t know who I’m talking about… Ami, is my husband’s cousin. Matt is Ami’s husband. So Ami & I are both married to a Matt. 🙂 Got it? I was soo excited. We had a few tiny technical difficulties but soon were seeing each others smiling faces and gabbing each others ears off. The four of us laughed and laughed. My Matt hasn’t talked to Ami in so long since he’s out to sea so often and well since he hasn’t talked to her obviously he hasn’t talked to her husband either. It was so great catching up.
We’re now so exhausted and it’s only 5:30 PM now. Matt and I will be heading to a little eating area on the camp site soon which will be nice. I know we’re more than likely to go to bed early tonight as its been go-go-go all day.
Tomorrow we have a great two-hour hike planned after breakfast at 7:30 and then we head back to Hilo for a great helicopter tour. This is truly what I can’t wait for. It’s going to be AMAZING!!!! After our tour we’re going to take a trip to the Hawaiian Vanilla Mill. Sweet!!!!
My tummy is a growlin’ so off we go to get some yummys in our tummys.