**I wanted to write this yesterday, but my oldest wasn’t feeling well. He had a low grade fever and complained of a headache and tummy ache, but mostly he was his usual overly inquisitive self. He did let me take a nap at one point and helped me clean. I will give him props for that.**
What happens when one of your besties wants to island hop for a day? You start the encroachment process and tag-a-long, convince others to do the same and you are rewarded with a Four Deep Mommy’s Day Off on Kauai!!
There were several failed attempts at getting a day to ourselves on our home island, yet somehow, the four of us managed to escape our lives as Stay At Home Moms and spend the day in my favorite of all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai. Oh Kauai. Why can’t I stay there forever?!
Let’s meet the getaway gang:
Payge “Where’s my bacon?” Brandt – Mother of two girls, full time student and SAHM Airforce Spouse. I’m hoping to snag one of these girls in an arranged marriage to my boys. Great genetics, fabulous in-laws, what could be better? In her “spare time” she’s also a photographer. Many of these photos are to her credit.
Sandra “If you only knew” Riggs – Behind Sandra’s All American exterior, she’s got a past you would never expect. She’s a SAHM to two small boys (smallest of the bunch), full time student, and prior Navy enlistee gone Navy spouse. The ringleader of our vacation! Thank you Sandra for letting us share your day.
Kate “We’re almost there” Laing – Our fearless leader for the past two years of Stroller Warriors will be the first of the four to leave the island. SAHM to two school aged boys, also a prior Navy enlistee gone Navy spouse. Known for her fear of heights, she served as ground crew for our Zipline adventure.
Toni “prone to giggle fits“ McNulty. Me! SAHM of two young boys and Architect turned Army spouse with official retirement orders in hand. Leaving the island in 3 short months, employment out of the house is still debatable and conquering my fear of heights on this adventure. My official saying for the day, “And I wonder where Brendon gets it?”
As you might have noticed from the photos, Sandra’s original plan was to Zipline. Payge jumped right on it. While very tentative, I signed up as well. I knew I’d regret not doing it. It wasn’t even the zipping part that frightened me most, it was the height of the platforms and the swaying partial view bridges we had to climb (80+ feet) in the air. Heavy on the self talk and sass to the guides and poor Tammy, I made it through.
At operation zippy, they have a permission to push policy. If you ask, they will push. I did and they followed through, a couple times. A real rush, I can definitely see zip lining again in my future.
Post zip, we headed to another must do for this trip: Rum Tasting at Koloa Rum Factory. The three veteran visitors in our group were unable to do the tasting previously, since they don’t allow children in the room. Game on for these unfettered Moms!
Rum is the McNulty drink base of choice. While the dark rum was neither bad nor my favorite and the spiced version pretty tasty, the real star of the show was the coconut rum. Mix it with the Rum punch they make. WINNER!!! We may or may not be drinking this at the next Warriors Night Out.
We only received one recommendation for lunch places before we set out: Gaylords (right next to above mentioned Rum place). Perfect. So we thought. Despite the food not being overpriced, I could NOT recommend Gaylords in the least. The food was fine, nothing special. The drinks were watery and the waitress, despite the upscale feel of the place, was rude and snappy. I almost can’t believe we wasted our time with a wardrobe change for the place.
Duke’s near the Marriott, where we had yet ANOTHER meal, on the other hand provided a friendly wait staff, tasty lava flows, good food, a happy hour and live music. I was feeling like the Very Hungry Caterpillar at this point, after all I had ingested (off my usual diet) during the day.
We’d planned to snorkel on our trip, but the weather was not cooperative. Instead we frolicked in the ocean like college girls on Spring Break.
As all good things must end, so did our day on Kauai. Directly following our rental car return, Sandra pipes up: “Oh good. Time for a cigarette.” She doesn’t smoke. Now. See what I mean?!
I’m going to miss this island life and these ladies so much.
P.S. But you know, a day of relaxation is not complete for me without one of my laughing fits. I didn’t even see it coming. The boarding time for our return flight had come and gone, no plane in sight. The prospective passengers were getting anxious. Dreading having to sit near
us me possibly. Somehow we started talking about mustaches. I was so introspective on our ziplining, I didn’t even notice one of our guides had a mustache. (If you watch the video you WILL see it) I could try and explain, but you know, it never sounds funny…Also, is silver ombre really a new hair trend?
P.P.S. As I was retelling the story to Vance, what does he say? “And you wonder where Brendon gets it.” Not really. Anymore.
**I do apologize if you read the unedited version of this post. I didn’t realize it accidentally posted yesterday before I had a chance to edit it and add the photos.**