Stranded in Paradise
Some people have all the luck.
Last fall we found ourselves detained in NYC for Hurricane Sandy; this time it was Tropical Storm Flossie. At 4 am on the morning we were supposed to come home, I logged on to check our flight status and found it had been canceled. With nine family members in tow at that point, we spent a busy morning securing our hotel rooms and finagling flights.
Sandbags were hurriedly set out along the Ka’anapali Beach Walk, outdoor restaurants were closed and there were long, long lines of people at the hotel’s front desk pleading to keep their rooms. Flossie loitered for most of the day on Maui’s east side and finally blew in for an appearance in Ka’anapali around dinner time. Compared to Superstorm Sandy, Flossie didn’t pack much of a punch.
The next day dawned sunny and beautiful like almost every other day in Hawaii, so we all settled in for a bonus day at the pool and the beach. If you have to get stuck somewhere, Maui is right there at the top of the list.
Flossie notwithstanding, this was a great trip. I’m still not sure how we managed to corral a total of fourteen far-flung family members for our midsummer sojourn. Although I suspect if you whisper the word “Hawaii”, you might be surprised how quickly everyone lines up with their bags packed. (It won’t work if you whisper Bemidji, by the way.)
We all managed to get home safely a few days after the storm, with great memories of another Hawaiian vacation intact. Here are a few more snaps from the trip:
Such a great trip! Can’t wait for the next one!
Thanks, Tina, for making this video!