Tuesday, November 07, 2006


This holiday just keeps keeping on! Things were looking grim for standby to Australia tomorrow, so I started to think about Plan B. What about flying to Oz from Hawaii?? What about it indeed? So now Dad and I are flying to Hawaii tomorrow (standby, but the prospects are better), and I have a frequent flyer ticket on Qantas to Melbourne on Tuesday the 14th (***).

BTW, when searching for alternatives, I searched Hawaiian Airlines, which fairly recently started flights from Hawaii to Sydney. Next week on Tuesday and Thursday the tickets (one way) are going for only $316, when normally they are listed as $1200 (for one way?). Go figure! There really does seem to be some bargains out there if you're flexible. But if I hadn't had frequent flyer points to fall back on, I certainly would have gone with that.

So all up I will have been away for just over 6 weeks. Not bad! And the weather throughout that time has been so absolutely beautiful (mentioned in Sue's comment yesterday). It's been unbelievably warm and clear. Yesterday my brother and I went into San Francisco to see the Titanic artifacts exhibition, and it was so warm that we were able to sit outside when having lunch.

The exhibition btw was really interesting, if a bit pricey. I'd forget paying extra for the audio set, if you're thinking of going, there's enough information on the signs throughout the exhibition.

***This is a big birthday for the Man Who Cooks, which I will miss.


Sue said...

Hawaii sounds just wonderful..A perfect end to a lovely holiday!
We're off to the "land of mouse" this week. They are even sunnier than us! (It was 95ยบ in LA yesterday!!)
Happy Birthday to your hubby from afar!!

PEA said...

You lucky so and so, going to Hawaii now!! :-) Gosh, has it really been 6 weeks since you've been gone? Days are going much too fast for me!! Can't wait to hear alll about your time away and enjoy your stay in Hawaii!!!! Happy Birthday to your hubby from Canada:-) xox

Tammy said...

I wanna see Aloha pics just as soon as possible, galfriend!!
I love anything Hawaiian!!

John Cowart said...

Wow, Val! When you retire, you really retire!

Jeanette said...

HI Val
Cant wait for you to arrive home and show us your holiday Photo's. Take care

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

First of all Happy Birthday to the MWC.

WOW...going to Hawaii!!! Will this wonderful trip ever end? You are so lucky Val to be going on to Hawaii with your dad and I'm sure you'll just love it there. I hear it's beautiful.

Merle said...

Hi Val ~ Glad you are having such a great holiday and Hawaii no less.
I hope your husband has a good birthday.
It will be great to have you home and sharing your trip and photos. Enjoy the
rest of it Val. Take care, Love, Merle.

Granny said...

My internet was down most of Tuesday and about half of today (Wednesday). Hope you'll have a safe trip back.

Robert said...

Wow! What a great trip you've had! And you deserved it. I think Hawaii is a fantastic end to a U.S. Holiday. I hope you and your father have a great time together. You've spent time with your family, reconnected with former students who always thought of you as family, and you now are enjoying the beach!

When Ben comes to America, we must make sure he gets to go to Disneyland.

Val said...

Dear all,
yes, this IS a great way to end my holiday and although Waikiki is not my cup of tea, the family condo is very comfortable and Dad and I are settling in for a very laid back 5 or 6 days.

Kerri said...

It sounds wonderful to me Val. I hope you have a nice relaxing end to your lovely holiday and a safe trip back to Oz. A very happy birthday to the MWC. I'm sure you'll have a nice celebration when you return.
Please tell your lovely mom that I said hi! :) And have fun with your dad (the adventurer)!

LittleJen said...

sounds like you are having a wow of a time.. thx for keeping us posted on your trip. Im in Melbourne and unfortunaley the weather has turned a bit sour, but may pick up. fingers crossed for you.

Lindsay Lobe said...

Happy Birthday to hubby, the MWC.

So its Hawaii !!!, for some reason Hawaii Five-O came to mind, did you watch this police drama screened from 1968 to 1980. I'm sure you'll just love the last leg there.
Best wishes

DellaB said...

Val, that's tomorrow you'll be home - no way it's been weeks! You have certainly filled it to the brim with experiences, can't wait to hear the stories and see the pics.
Welcome Home!

Meow said...

Ooooh, home via Hawaii, how nice. Hope you manage to get a seat home, soon.
However, the weather is supposed to be feral in Melbourne on Wednesday, so enjoy Hawaii !!
Enjoy the rest of your trip.
Take care, Meow