Pardon our Dust

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Grand Canyon Skywalk

Yea! I’m back from another quick adventure. Luke and I drove Monday afternoon to Vegas and got back around 1am this morning.

Luke was invited to attend the grand opening of the Grand Canyon Skywalk. We knew little about the actual event, but Luke signed us up for the bus so all we had to do was meet a bus at the Golden Nugget at 7am Tuesday morning. Soon after we boarded the bus, we met a few people and asked if they knew anything. We asked the right person because she worked for the Grand Canyon Destinations and they helped organize the event. We found out that the buses wouldn’t be going back to Las Vegas until 3 or 4pm which meant we wouldn’t start driving back to San Diego until around 7pm…yikes! We also found out that the whole day was planned out…lunch, authentic Hualapai Indian Tribe dancing and an official ceremony followed by the first walk on the Skywalk by the council members and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who was invited to join the tribe along with former astronaut John Herrington. Sweet!

After all the media, family and friends walked the Skywalk, everyone else had their chance to experience the Skywalk. I felt rushed and the walk was more like cattle being moved along, but I still took plenty of pictures and took in the many angles of scenery. It wasn’t as scary as I originally thought because the picture they advertise is not quite what it looks like in person. The actual loop doesn’t go out as far and the sides aren’t as open as the advertisement made it look. Maybe I’m wrong, but that’s what I think. I’m sure there were certain things the architect had to add to pass code. Overall, it was a very cool experience and how awesome is it that I was one of the first to take the walk on the Skywalk before it was open to the public. So fun!

Kauai

February 28-March 7

With a ring of the doorbell our trip officially started. Scott, a dear friend of ours, stood outside our door ready to take us to the airport. A moment of scrambling occurred as we double checked to make sure we had everything and once we we were certain we were good, we grabbed our bags, placed them in the car, fastened our seatbelts and away we went. Surprisingly, traffic was light and Scott got us to the airport in a jiffy. Thank you, Scott! Our plane didn’t actually leave until 9:45, so we had plenty of time to check in and find our terminal. This was perfect since we didn’t have breakfast before we left. There wasn’t much to choose from. It was either Starbucks pastries, McDonalds (greasy) or California Pizza Kitchen. Even though California Pizza Kitchen isn’t known for breakfast food, we thought we’d give their breakfast pizza a try and we were pleasantly surprised. Now we were ready to start our adventure!

This was our first long airplane ride and we were thrilled at the chance to get away to an exotic island. We were also extremely amazed and blessed by my parents generosity. See, this trip was made possible because they wanted to let their children go and visit the place they have gone so many times in the past and have grown to cherish so much. They not only let us have their timeshare for two weeks, they also paid for our plane tickets. Amazing! What a chance of a life time. Thank you to my parents…thank you…thank you…thank you.

Before we knew it we were in Honolulu waiting for our connector flight to Lihue. While we waited I was approached by a gal that looked all too familiar. She had her son with her and called out my name. I instantly got up and started talking with her while trying to rememberi her name. She said she used to work with me and then she said her name, Lacey. It all came back to me. How funny that I’d run into someone I knew in an airport in Hawaii. Just shows how small our world really is. Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the plane.

The plane ride took only 30 minutes to get to Luhue and was over before we blinked an eye. I was getting really excited at this time. I knew we were close and the only thing stopping us from arriving to our condo was getting our luggage and our rental car. The whole process went fast and within a half hour we were making our way out of the airport and finding our way thru the streets of Kauai.

…more to come…