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.

We've been Flossed.

We’ve been Flossed.

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.

Flossie's arrival at Ka'anapali Beach

Flossie’s arrival at Ka’anapali Beach

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.

Yay! More Hawaii fun for us!

Yay! More Hawaii fun for us!

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.)

Caleigh says her bags are always packed and ready for a trip to Maui with Grandpa!

Caleigh says her bags are always packed and ready for a trip to Maui with Grandpa!

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:

The first night is always special.

The first night is always special.

There's those cute cousins again.

There’s those cute cousins again.

Uncle Daniel gets a push into the pool.

Uncle Daniel gets a push into the pool.

Family fun

Family fun

Caleigh wins the race every time!

Caleigh wins the race every time!

Bobby loved his time with Caleigh.

Bobby loved his time with Caleigh.

Evie surfs!!!

Evie surfs!!!

Tay Tay goes Hawaiian

Tay Tay goes Hawaiian

Brothers

Brothers

Bigger brothers

Bigger brothers

Tina and Caleigh

Tina and Caleigh

James and "Newman" the black swan.

James and “Newman” the black swan.

Grandpa and Evie

Grandpa and Evie

Daniel

Daniel

Such a great trip! Can’t wait for the next one!

After Flossie, the rainbow.

After Flossie, the rainbow.

Thanks, Tina, for making this video!

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Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to Stranded in Paradise

  1. dizzyguy says:

    Seeing these great photos seems to be provoking another attack of “Maui Fever”. Only known cure is another visit. We had such a wonderful time with all of the kids, grandkids and others. Flossie was only an excuse to have another couple days in the Islands. Mahalo to everyone for coming!

  2. Katherine says:

    I’ve always heard that Flossing is good for you. Who knew it gave you extra days in Hawaii?
    FYI – I had to watch the video a few times because a) it’s adorable and b) I thought Thomas said his favorite part was getting his teeth cleaned. That didn’t seem right.

  3. tdevir says:

    What are the odds of getting stuck in Hawaii in mid-July?!? Only we could be so lucky 🙂 Thank you for making our extra days so stress-free by re-booking all our travel and securing our rooms. I must say I enjoyed being Flossied!
    (Cool that you could post that video!)

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