Still tired

Yesterday we were busy, and tired. The time difference to Hawaii is only 4 hours which isn’t a big deal but only 4 hours sleep Monday night was. The boys slept until noon so they were ok. I dropped Lori at work at 9 and was down and back from Denver by about 1. Then I needed to shop for groceries and after that, both boys had dentist appointments. Turns out Ty needs to go back today too for a cavity at 11:30. Jag too has one and will get in next month. After the dentist at 5pm, we picked up Mojo who also had a cracked tooth and a bump inside his mouth removed while we were gone. I joked with our dentist that I should have brought Mojo to him as the vet was much more expensive than he was. He was happy to see us and we were happy to see him. After we picked up Mojo, the boys and I and Mojo then picked up Lori on the way home. She then made some yummy fish tacos for dinner and we all settled in and watched some tv before going to bed.

This morning Lori and I are off to the gym. I have a bunch of work as does Lori and Ty needs a physical for camp. I have to drop off a form in Eagle to get out of jury duty and property taxes are due tomorrow, ugh. It’s nice up here, clean fresh air that has a cool breeze in the mornings. Denver was hot, hazy and smoggy yesterday. it was good to get back up here. Have a good day, GB

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Finally home

At 2am we pulled into home for the second time. First we pulled in at 1:30am but our house key didn’t work as we had to have a locksmith come while we were gone to get an Ipad from Jagger’s job, long story.

Our flight took off 30 minutes late and the plane was about half empty. I was in an exit row and Jag moved back to an empty one in front of me. 6 hours and 23 minutes later, we landed in Denver at 11pm. Then after getting our car, we headed up the hill. Everyone stayed up as it was 7pm Hawaii time when we landed. Nevertheless, it was a long drive, made 30 minutes longer by having to go to Zach’s house to get a key from under their doormat.

This morning, believe it or not, I’m off to Denver. We need to get Mojo today and both boys have dentist appointments. The house was cleaner than we thought as we tried to clean up a bit before we left a week ago last Thursday.

I’ll drop Lori at work in about 30 minutes and both boys will probably sleep until I get back up the hill. More to come tomorrow but I need to run no. Home safe, a little tired, everyone is tan, and had fun. Take care, GB

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Cancelled!

Last night at 7pm Hawaii time, just minutes before we were supposed to board, our flight was cancelled! Apparently one of the crew members (a flight attendant) didn’t make it to the airport. The announcement said they were rescheduling us for 12 noon today which is 4pm Denver time. Needless to say, 169 passengers were freaking out. They all crowded around the check in counter looking for answers but I sat back and assessed the situation. I began by calling United trying to get on a flight to San Francisco or Los Angeles. Sadly they were all sold out. So without waiting any longer, I hung up, realizing the best I could do flight wise, was taking the rescheduled flight today at noon. I then focused on finding us a place to sleep. I called Marriott right away and found a hotel one mile from the airport. The airlines too were calling and they told the crowd they would give out what hotel rooms they could until they ran out but then the rest of the people would have to stay in the airport overnight. Before they finished with this announcement, I had two room booked waiting for us. Right when I was hanging up, United was calling them. Next up, we all walked to Ticketing and thankfully only had one person ahead of us in the Premier line. I explained to the lady what happened and asked for two hotel vouchers so I didn’t have to pay for our rooms. She gave me two vouchers for $250 each and $80 worth of food vouchers which covered our stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 minutes and a $10 taxi ride later, we were in the Marriott resting comfortably in adjoining rooms. The boys headed down for some food while Lori and I emailed work to handle the delay. Tonight, (if we take-off) we’ll arrive at 10pm due to the time difference. Then it’ll take two hours to drive to Vail putting us home around 12:30. Luckily we didn’t check any bags and just went carry on for our whole trip. It was a great trip and lots of fun. It’ll be good to get home but it is what it is. Here we are in front of the Ritz just before taking off yesterday afternoon. We’re one good looking family if I do say so, ha. (thanks to Lori) Hope everyone is well, take care and GB.

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Still more sun

Yesterday after breakfast, it was off to the pool at the Ritz and then the beach before heading into Lahaina to pick up some small gifts for Lori’s girls at work. Then around 5pm, we were back at Merriman’s for a bit as Aleks was a featured winemaker from 6 until 8. The boys left us at our table and went down to the beach to swim and see the turtles. They found about 3 large ones right below us on the deck and hung out with them for a while. Jag put his hand above one and it popped its head out of the water right up into Jag’s hand. Around 7pm we headed home and then Lori and I took a walk to work off some of our dinner. I think we could both go a few weeks without any food.

Today we need to be at the airport around 6pm. Sure hope our flight is on time. We should land in Denver about 6am Monday morning. Then we’ll head up the hill and drop Lori at work and then Jag has an orthodontist appointment at 10:10am. In between, or on the drive up the hill, I have a conference call. From the minute we land, (actually before) , we’re both back at it. It’s been a great trip with everyone having a good time. Lori’s neck has been hurting a bit but she’s had no headache. Lots for both of us to do but that’s life. Here’s a great picture of the boys near sunset with the turtles in the ocean. The turtles are hard to see but they’re there! Have a good Sunday and we’ll be back in Colorado tomorrow, GB.

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A long day and drive

Aleks, Lori, the boys and I left around 8am for Hana. We had no idea the trip would take us over 3 hours. Coming back was even a bit longer! The road is long and winding with 40 or 50 one lane bridges. Throw in some construction and it made for a long day. Once there it was so so, pretty scenery but not really worth 7 hours in a car. Anyhow we made it and can say we were there, that’s something. Along the way they had tons of great waterfalls and freshwater pools to swim in which was actually more fun that Hana itself. In the photo below you can see an aura around Lori and I which was some Hawaiian spirit from the past.

Today we’re off to another beach and then will hit the pool at the Ritz. Not sure what we’ll do tonight, last night we pretty much crashed as we were all tired from the trip. Tomorrow is our last day and it’s been fun but it’s always good to get home. Hope everyone is well, GB

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Off to Hana

Today we’re all headed out to Hana as the wine festival starts late this afternoon. Lori found 3 waterfalls she wants to go to, so in an hour, off we go. We had a nice dinner last night with Aleks and were home around 9pm. Other than that, the day was full of some work and more fun in the sun. We have today, tomorrow and all day Sunday before we leave Sunday night for home. Our flight is non-stop which is great as we’ll leave at 8:30 and land in Denver around 6am. It’s 6am now and we hope to be on the road by 7 so time to get moving. Hope all’s well, GB

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The Eagle (Aleks) Has Landed

Yesterday, Aleks, Kristin and her boyfriend Tommy, landed from Oahu at 10am. We hooked up with them for dinner at one of the most spectacular restaurants there is. Merriman’s is right on the water and the food is really really good. Ty decided to stay home but Jag came along. There were six of us total and we had a great time. Aleks, my long time friend and uber cool winemaker from Slovenia, ordered the wine. When they served it, they asked if everyone was having wine to which the table said yes, and unbeknownst to us at the time, they poured Jagger wine too! So, going with the flow, we let him sip on it as he does when we’re in Europe and he was one of the adults for the evening. Lori had the scallops while Jag and I both had Lobster enchiladas which was incredible. Throw in some great appetizers and salads and desserts (Jag ate one and took one to go!) and over $1000 later we were headed home. The bill was big as like I said, Aleks ordered the wine and they tack on an automatic 20% tip for parties of six or more. Thankfully the EU (European Union) will reimburse us for dinner as a marketing expense for Aleks being here.

Today the wine festival starts. I woke up at 4:40am for a 5am (8am Pacific time) conference call. Tonight we have another dinner at Star Noodle, the great place we ate the other night. Up first is an industry event from noon until 4pm. Time to go for my morning walk with Lori. Have a great day and GB.

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Fun on the water

We made it to the marina by about 6:30. My buddy Jeff, who I’ve known for almost 40 years, met us there 15 minutes later. He came along fishing with Jag and I. The boat pulled out around 7:15am with the three of us and a young couple who were just married and another couple and their 12 year old adopted son. (we could tell he was adopted as he was Chinese). In about 45 minutes we were out a ways in the ocean all rigging up our lines getting ready to drop them to the bottom and then crank the reels up 3 times. Jag caught the first fish and ended up catching the most which was great. It was hot and a little choppy. We cruised around from spot to spot and all caught our limit. Below is a picture of some of our fish. These are a type of Snapper and they sure were good eating as we had them for dinner. Meanwhile Lori and Ty went stand up paddle boarding in the ocean. They also took a long walk along the beach. We were home by 12:30 in the afternoon and were a bit tired. But alas, we were off to the beach. After the beach, we lounged around, answered a bunch of emails, (Lori and I never get a vacation!) and took it easy. Today we’re off to Black Rock where the boys climb a rock and jump into the ocean, they love doing it.

 

Aleks and Kristin also arrive this morning and I have a meeting this afternoon and then we all go to probably the best restaurant on the island, Merriman’s, tonight for dinner. That’s it, more to come, hope all’s well, GB

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Fishing

It’s 5am and this morning Jag and I are going fishing. My buddy Jeff is going with us so I don’t have a lot of time to write. Yesterday we hit some beaches and were taking the boys parasailing where you’re hooked up to a parachute and pulled behind a boat. After a couple hour wait though, they had to cancel us as the wind was too strong. The boys did get some good beach time though. We should be back by noon or so at the latest. Lori and Ty are going to go rent a sea kayak while we’re gone. Time to run, hope all’s well, GB.

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Off to Hana

Lori was up a bit before 5am and I about 30 minutes later so we both could get some work done with it being Monday. Yes we are in Hawaii, supposedly on vacation, but our jobs don’t stop and people needing us don’t care. This means each morning we’ll be getting up early and working on our computers and phones.

It’s now 8:45 am and we hope to be in the car in 15 minutes on our way to Hana. Yesterday we drove Up Country (as they say) to Makawao and then further up to Kula. Lori met a nice lady named Lori, who owns a shop in Makawao who drew us a map on where to go. In Makawao, wild chickens, including babies, roam the streets and go in and out of restaurants and shops at their pleasure. Up the road was Kula, a great little local town where Oprah bought 30 acres and is often seen walking her dogs. There’s lots of little farms with great veggies and fruit and we stopped at one for flowers, strawberries, mountain apples (which look like little pears), banana’s (really small ones), avocado’s and more. After we made it back around 1 in the afternoon, it was back to the beach for some snorkeling and sun. Finally after 2 hours in the sun (you have to pace yourself) we showered for like the 3rd or 4th time, and headed into Lahaina where both boys got henna tattoos. That was about it for the day.

Time to go, everyone is about ready and we’re taking our towels and wearing swim suits. While we all brought long pants, none have seen the light of day since we arrived. More to come, the weather is great and Lori is loving the humidity. Talk to everyone tomorrow, GB.

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