If you remember sometime back in an earlier post when Patty was in the throes of chemo, we made the decision that we were going to make our yearly trip to Kauai in 2011 come hell or high water! Well… we did it! We just returned from eight amazing days in Kauai! I thought of putting up a post the night before we left but it dawned on me that wouldn’t be too smart. Why would I tell the world that we’re going to be away from our home for 8 days? Being an ex-cop… I should know better than that!
We left bright and early on last Tuesday morning, June 21st. Patty’s sister Dottie was so generous to donate some of her frequent flyer miles to the cause and flew us both First Class to Kauai and back! What a treat! A treat to see what the “others” have! I mean… wide seats… leg room… real food with real silverware… real cloth napkins… oh and did I mention free drinks? Champagne… mimosas… more champagne… more mimosas!
I’m going to try to keep this post brief and will elaborate more in future posts, but we had such a good time! Some highlights… a condo with a lanai overlooking the ocean…
We somehow ended up at a Kapa’a Rotary Wine and Pu Pu party and felt like wedding crashers… Only us… but we had a ball!
One night we ended up in a local’s bar (that our Hanalai pastor recommended)… This is another story!
This trip was to celebrate several things; first of all we celebrated Patty’s one year cancerversary on June 22nd. Second, we celebrated our 17 wedding anniversary on the 25th. Since this past year has been such a trial for us, we felt this anniversary was special… it was a new start for us. As such, we renewed our vows in the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalai on Saturday, June 25th. The Pastor, Ahu Alpha Goto performed an amazing traditional Hawaiian ceremony. He’s a really cool guy and from what we heard at the Tahiti Nui, he’s one of the best surfers on the north shore of Kauai.
There are so many blanks to fill in, but I wanted to keep this post short. The bottom line is we had an amazing trip… just what the doctor ordered. We were finally able to relax and take a week away from cancer. Yes, cancer was an occasional subject of conversation, but the topic of vacation and relaxation came up more.