Our last stop before returning home to Canada
- Nov 12
Well, here we are in sunny
We spent our last day on Bondi beach with our good friends (the Battens) and when we got to the airport I noticed that Danika had a sunburn on her face, as she was really red.
As it turned out she sparked quite a fever as we were boarding the plane and starting throwing up. The flight was one of those short 9 ˝ jobs and was going to now be very interesting as Helen was getting anxious and Danika was barfing as we walked down the tunnel to the plane. O.K. we are in our seats and we are waiting, and waiting and finally the captain gets on and says that we are waiting for this one passenger to board and then we will leave. All this waiting is making Helen pretty squirmish in her seat and now she just wants this bird (747) to get up in the air and get this whole thing over with. Well this guy gets on and at last we pull away from the terminal and wait in line to get on the runway. We are about to head to the runway when the captain comes on again and says a light on his panel is showing that there is a problem with one of the engines and we will have to return to the terminal so the mechanics can take a look at it. Well that was enough for poor Helen, she looked like she wanted to open the emergency exit and head for the hills, but she didn’t and after an hour and 2 rolls of duck tape (joke) we took off.
We had a pretty good trip over except for the first part of our flight as they had to stop service (meals) on the flight because of all the turbulence, it was super bumpy. Our family was not seated together and I tried really hard to get Helen’s attention through some of the major air pockets, but she just kept focusing on the little T.V. or the floor.
Doesn’t Helen look relaxed?
We made it and like I said, in the end it was pretty good even with the bumpy start.
There was some other entertainment on the flight besides the T.V., and she was 5 ˝ and full of attitude. Once we landed Danika resumed the roll as barf champion of the flight and I found myself carrying half a dozen wax coated bags off the flight.
Now aside from all that the flight went great! So with all that behind us we heaved our 2 fully loaded luggage carts to the rental cars to pick up our car. I walked in and the gal said she had a really nice SUV for us and all she needed was my license. We just wanted to get to the hotel and rest and let the little vomit machine get some sleep, but the Avis lady had a little surprise for us. “Excuse me sir, this license is expired” O.K. that was the straw.
So here we are in our hotel with Danika, who now has that nasty Outback cough that gave Nikolas pneumonia. It is 3:30 am and Helen and I are both sitting up watching Danika because her fever has her sitting in bed and saying all kinds of weird words, a tad freaky.
Nikolas has had some kind of reaction to the antibiotics he was on, as if losing 15 pounds was not enough now he is fighting something else.
He has a rash on his face, down his legs and bags under his eyes like he has been drinking and not sleeping for a week; poor guy says he feels very weak.
When we shortened our trip here because Nikolas got ill, Qantas told us that the only flight we
could get on was the one on the 15th. I told Helen not to worry as Nikolas would surely be on the up swing and we would just
relax (here in
Well, on that note, see ya all
soon. Can’t wait to get back to
The ride to
We took a
cab to Waikiki to get our rent-a-car but in hindsight we should of rented it from the airport because it was much closer to
advised by many people to go see
After the show you are brought to a tender boat and they take you to the memorial site of the SS Arizona. This is the battleship that was bombed and still lies at the bottom of the harbour with bits of it still sticking up out of the water. One amazing sight is the oil slick that you can still see floating on the water's surface. Wow, after 63 years it is still leaking oil. The legend says it is the black tears of the fallen. There is also a huge marble wall with everyone's name on it that perished that day. Most of the bodies are still entombed down below in the ship. There is also a small list of names of some veterens that asked to be entombed down there in present days. Overall, we were very touched and we were very glad we went to see it, it is worth the trip.
The North Side has the most amazingly beautiful landscape and beaches but the area itself is very rundown with shacks and lots of stripped and abandoned cars in the yards. Every once in awhile you do see a mansion but overall it is a very depressing area. We did stop at the Turtle Bay Resort for lunch. It is a resort built inside of a huge golf course that was built by Arnold Palmer and it is very beautiful. We had a delicious lunch by the first tee off and Steve and I had some great Margaritas AGAIN.
we stopped at a store and bought a couple of body boards and some snorkels
because we were thinking of heading to
Nikolas and Steve headed straight into the waves and me and Dani stayed on the beach and played in the sand. As the sun went down they started lighting all the tiki torches along the beach and it was so tropical and beautiful. Steve's wish was to find a tropical and romantic restaurant near the beach to sit and have a Mai Tai or a Pina Colada. As we were walking down the strip looking for this wonderful place what should we come across but the almighty golden arches. The kids were ecstatic as they have not had a Happy Meal in, what, 30 days. So Steve pouted a bit but the kid's won out and we spent our romantic dinner in McDonalds!!!!
Back to the
ship and we set off at midnight to Kona. Unfortunately the rough seas followed us
there and we were unable to safely tender off the ship so the captain cancelled
our stop there and we set off for Tahititi a day
early. The captain has told us that they are trying to come up with an
alternative and we are all crossing our fingers that it will be
We are about
a third of the way to
take care and we will talk to you from
(Written by Helen, January 22)
We are on our way to
So here we are sailing the South Pacific and it is quite bumpy. I finally succumbed to the patch behind my ear as we are embarking on one of the longest at sea portions of the trip, four days and five nights!!!! Will I survive it??? Poor Steve!!!
The kid's are still having a great time but they miss everybody and seem to talk about that more in the last few days. We were hoping to phone home today from Kona but unfortunately it's not happening. We wanted to personally wish Michael a Happy Birthday but we are going to have to do it via the internet (not quite the same).
Talk to you soon,