Day 1 & part of day 2- Portland to Honolulu

January 12, 2018 and part of January 13, 2018

We were at the PDX airport at 6 am for our 8 am flight to Honolulu.  There was a snafu with our Hawaiian Airlines ticketing.  So, with the help of our travel agent, we were finally able to check-in on line, but our seats were separate. Poor Pete got stuck in the middle of the middle row of the Airbus wide body jet, everyone’s favorite spot.  The guy on the aisle promptly fell asleep, so he couldn’t get up the entire 5 hour 45 minute flight.  Not the most auspicious beginning to a trip, but we were laughing (after the blood returned to our limbs) that if this is the worse thing that happens….not so bad.  

After checking into the Outrigger Reef Hotel, we met down in the bar for a celebratory drink and Pupus (featured photo) Alison is on the right along with her friend (soon to be ours) Nancy. The other two on the left you probably recognize.

We took a little nap, since the night was extremely short and met up for a walk to dinner here in Waikiki.  Alison and I found a great restaurant, Bill’s Hawaii, last time we were here in Waikiki. It was soooo good we went back 2 times.  

As you can see our first day of travel was mostly flying, eating and sleeping.  Very exciting stuff, but please bear with me. 

January 13, 2018

Woke up this morning and thought I’d start the blog. I was just getting set up when my phone started vibrating with the following: EMERGENCY ALERT: BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, THIS IS NOT A DRILL.  I’m thinking….should I wake Pete up?….is this a hoax?….maybe I should go out on the balcony and see if there’s panic in the streets and why aren’t sirens going off? How’s that for excitement?? It turned out to be a legitimate emergency alert, but it was a drill and someone made a big mistake. There was a Coast Guard ship off our beach, but they finally left.  This was a BIG mistake, as people only have 15 minutes from the alert to find a safe place to shelter.  

We are off to Guam at 3 pm this afternoon. Here’s the view of Diamond Head from our balcony.

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