maui day 8: island transfers + lahaina

Kauai time has officially passed for this vacation – so sad! I will miss the garden island and hope to return soon :). For breakfast I had a plate of fruit along with 1/2 a Sweet Marie’s blueberry muffin and some chex + chia. So fruity and delicious! We left our condo a little after 7 to catch our Hawaiian Airlines flight from Kauai to Maui. Getting to the airport was no problem – we dropped off the Jeep and got through security and just had to wait for our plane to arrive. We left on time at 9am and arrived in Maui well before 10. Dad went to pick up the new rental car – this time a nice lil’ Lincoln Towncar which I nicknamed Pipsqueak (Pip). Such a nice little island car…

We drove from the airport to a harbor that Mom and Dad had sailed out of in the past looking for a charter, as well as a fish shop they were remembering. We came out 0 for 2 and continued on our way to Kihei to find something to eat for lunch instead. We ended up at Fred’s Mexican Cafe for fish tacos. I got mine in corn tortilla shells with refried beans. Delicious. After that we checked on our condo, but it wasn’t ready yet so we headed to Lahaina to look around instead.

We started at the huge Indian Banyan Tree. It is the largest in Hawaii and spans an entire block. So many tourists! Lahaina is definitely a cruise port and caters to the individuals who go on cruises.

For an afternoon snack we stopped at Ono Gelato Company for gelato!  We saw an exciting sign for gluten free brownies!

Unfortunately there were no brownies made today, so Kinley and I decided to share a large with pistachios, macadamia nut + big island crunch (coffee, chocolate + macadamia nuts). All three were delicious!  We continued to walk around Lahaina for a bit until our 3 hour parking was up and then headed back to the condo to officially check in and head out to grab some dinner!

We ended up at Monkeypod. We shared some french fries for an appetizer with homemade ketchup and dijon mustard aiole. For my meal I got Grass Fed, Hormone Free Peppercorn Rubbed Filet Steak with Kona coffee honey butter, jasmine rice and green beans and broccoli. It was a pretty expensive meal – $31 for the steak, but it was delicious and I loved the Kona coffee honey butter on top!

kauai day 7: beach time

Today was a pretty relaxing day.  It was our last day in Kauai and we had plans to go kayaking, but the wanting to sleep in and go to the beach beat out paddling to yet another waterfall.  Plus, we’ve got to leave something for when we come back next time, right?  Well, we visited Po’ipu beach again and had some cloudy sunshine.  It was mostly cloudy, but the sun peaked out enough to give us all a little pinkish tint.  We headed back to the condo to have lunch and then sat out by the pool for the afternoon.  It seemed like it might have been rainy/more cloudy both north and south of where we were so it really wasn’t worth it to drive to a beach at that point!

Our dinner is deserving of its own post – I’ll work on writing and posting that within the next week.  It’s hard for me to say for sure, but I think it might beat the Guava BBQ ribs for my best meal ever!  I can’t believe that our time in Kauai is up.  It seems like we’ve done so much, and yet it’s already over!

kauai day 6: waterfalls + ziplining adventure

I’ve started out each post this week with my island breakfasts, so I might as well continue for day 6 ;).  I had a yogurt, banana and granola bowl with a half of a Mango Macadamia Nut muffin from Sweet Marie’s.  I have actually not been a huge fan of the muffins from Sweet Marie’s Gluten Free Bakery here in Kauai – they’ve been dry and not super flavorful.  This flavor is one of the bests tho – it’s hard to go wrong with macadamia nuts haha.  I thought the muffins were going to be the only thing for breakfasts in the islands so I pre-ordered 10 of them, and was going to share with Mom and Dad as well, but then 10 muffins and one container of granola came to $65!  Yikes – I don’t know if she overcharged me or what, but I am quite disappointed that for that price they’re not as good as what I could get close to home (or make myself).

Anyways, we left our condo around 9 this morning and drove to Opaekaa Falls. It was a pretty short drive and we got out at an overlook to check it out.  It was huge, but I do wish the foliage was a little more picturesque near the water!  You definitely do not see things like this in Wisconsin… ;).

We ended up driving around a bit after that and also heading into town to get a few groceries we needed for our last couple of days.  We also went to our first fruitstand – looong overdue since we’ve been meaning to get to one since our first day here!  We got papayas, limes, dragonfruit, lilikoi, eggfruit, starfruit and an avocado.

Lunch we just ate at the condo, but it was so good!  A brown rice tortilla with turkey, avocado and papaya seed dressing with a half of a papaya and half a starfruit on the side.  I think this may have been the best papaya I’ve ever had – so juicy and perfect.

After lunch we headed to our ziplining adventure.  We made reservations the other day and it was the first time anyone in my family has gone.  Mom didn’t join us for the zipping, but came around and stayed safely on the ground to take our pictures at a few of the spots.  We decided to go with JustLive! Kauai’s Zipline Treetop Tour that included 7 ziplines and 4 canopy bridges.  I was definitely scared to jump off the first one, but then realized it wasn’t that scary so the rest were a breeze.

It was really cool being to high up, around 60-80’ in the trees.  The trees themselves were 200’ – they’re Norfolk Pines but in the Hawaiian weather they grow ridiculously high.  And apparently you cannot tell the age of trees on Hawaii by the rings like you can in colder climates because the rings are created by the cold sap/warm sap variation in the winter and summer months.  Learn something new every day!  I really liked the one where we got to jump off backwards and turn around!

After we were done ziplining we headed to another waterfall, Wailua Falls, that we didn’t end up having time to go to this morning.  This one wasn’t flowing as much as it sometimes is so there were two streams coming down.  Such a long drop down!

We had stopped to get some fresh fish to grill for dinner at a fish market and brought that back to the condo.  We had Opah fish that ended up being really good – a very “meaty” fish that grilled really well.  We made rice, peas and broccoli on the side and I dipped it in a little papaya seed dressing.  A very nice dinner!

After dinner we went back to the grocery store to get ice cream for dessert.  We ended up with Kona Coffee + Macadamia Nut with some hot fudge.  It was extremely delicious, especially on such a hot and humid day.  The perfect ending!

kauai day 5: kilohana plantation + beach time

This morning started with a 4 mile run.  This week’s training increased my weekly distance by a half mile again – crazy!  I didn’t really know where to run around the condo since it is right off a highway and didn’t want to end up somewhere dark and scary with a bunch of chickens cornering me, so I stayed pretty close.  There are a few lit paths around the different buildings so I looped around those for a bit, and then went to the highway for a little longer, and then looped back in.  It worked pretty good and I will have to do something similar on Wednesday!  It might also help if I wasn’t running in the complete darkness – I was up at 5 this morning and the sun isn’t quite up yet that early.

After I got back, Kinley and I had coffee on the Lanai and then made our Nature pancakes again from Saturday – although this time with macadamia nuts rather than granola in them.  So good, and I absolutely love the syrup.

We left the condo at 9ish to get to the Kilohana Plantation by 9:30 am.  We were there in plenty of time, so we had a chance to walk around and take some pictures of the grounds.  Everything was so beautiful!

We got reservations for the train + hike + plantation tour which was a four hour tour taking us around the grounds and telling us different things about both the plantation and Kauai in general.

I love these trees!  Captain Cook’s ships brought them over as they were used to repair masts of their ships if they were to get damaged.

Our first thing we did once we got off the short train ride was feed the pigs!  They got a nice snack of some bread and hawaiian rolls, lucky pigs!  I attempted to throw all of mine at the little babies because they are so darn cute.  I really wanted to bring one home with me :).

The next stop on the tour was a short hike (1/4 – 1/2 mile?).  It went down into a ravine on the property that was unlike anything else I had seen in Kauai.  There were so many different types of vegetation and a bunch of bugs – wasn’t a fan of the bugs but at least they left me alone!

This is a Banyan Tree.  It was actually a mango tree at one point but was taken over by the banyon – it’s a parasitic vine that slowly suffocates the tree from the inside out – and grows from the top down.  The vines are SO thick and strong nothing can be done about it.  It’s so sad, but I do think it looks cool.  We have an entire tunnel of these at the entry to our condo.

After the hike that took close to an hour, it was time for lunch!  Turkey wraps were provided, but we called ahead and they were able to put together a salad instead of the wrap.  I can’t believe how excited I have been to have salads here because we couldn’t find any lettuce at the grocery store so it almost feels like a treat!  I also had some Guava Nectar and a blueberry Sweet Marie’s muffin that we packed along for a bit more sustenance.

After lunch we started out trek through the plantation gardens, and had a ton of fresh fruit samples right off the trees/plants/bushes.  We got to sample a guava, an orange, a tangerine, starfruit, pineapple. avocado, papaya, some weird eyeball looking thing, sugar cane and probably a couple others but I can’t remember them all, but they were all so good!

The tour lasted until 2 pm and then we headed to the Kalapaki Beach to soak up some more sun.  It wasn’t the best beach around, but it was still a beach so I can’t complain too much!  We stayed for a couple of hours and then left to head back to the condo, clean up and then find somewhere to go for dinner.  I realized when we got back to the condo that I had gotten a little sunburnt from the plantation tour – some of it was also a sun rash so hopefully it isn’t as bad as it looks right now haha.

We ended up going back to Lemongrass Grill for dinner to get the Guava BBQ ribs again – they are so good!  Although this time I washed them down with a Mudslide that was so strong I couldn’t drink it all.

After dinner we strolled a path by the beach for a few minutes because we were all so full!  And then headed back to the condo for hot tub time and bed.  I can’t believe we’ve only got 2 days left in Kauai!  In some ways it seems like we’ve been here a really long time because we’ve done so much, but now it seems like it’s going by too quickly!

kauai day 4: kauai coffee + waimea canyon

I started out this morning at 5am, unassisted by any alarm clocks.  It is nice to get up so early on your own and have a ton of extra time built in.  I had some Kona coffee (just can’t get enough!), and then went out for a 2 mile walk to try and scope out somewhere I could do a 4 mile run on Monday.  Our resort is right off a highway and has a short private drive, so I guess if worse comes to worst I can pretend I’m on a track and just do loops around the condo.  After I got back I had breakfast – some Chobani strawberry yogurt mixed with chia, granola and topped with a little Sweet Marie’s Morning Glory muffin with a half of a grilled Tropical muffin on the side with strawberry-guava jam.

We left the house and headed toward Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.  On the way we stopped at Kauai Coffee Company for their short self-guided tour and coffee samples!  It was a gorgeous and sunny day with blue skies everywhere.

I had about three sample cups and my favorite was the Caramel Crunch Macadamia – and we bought a bag to brew in our condo ;).  I also really liked a banana flavored one that would have made awesome iced coffee.

The tour was 1/8 of a mile long, so just a short walk through some coffee plants.  It was really neat to see all of the coffee fruits/beans still on the plant!

After we got our coffee buzz on, it was time to go across the Hanapepe Swinging Bridge.  Dad made it quite scary by stepping unnecessarily large – I grabbed on to the railing at one point and still have a nice sliver of the bridge with me in my finger :/.

We kept driving down the highway toward Waimea Canyon and stopped for lunch at The Grove at the Waimea Plantation Cottages.  We shared pork nachos for an appetizer, and then I had the catch of the day which was Ono, grilled and topped with papaya aioli on a bed of cabbage with a side of steamed rice.  It was so good!  I even got a salad before it with delicious Papaya dressing.  And the entire catch of the day was only $15.95!

After our big lunch, we stopped across the street at Kauai Granola Sugar Cane Snax to see what they had.  I ended up walking out with Pina Colada granola, chocolate dipped  dried pineapple and a chocolate covered macaroon.  Even after all the lunch food I couldn’t stay away from the macaroon – it was SO good and I definitely need to find more of these before we leave and recreate it at home!  I couldn’t decide whether I liked the gooey inner section or the nice and crunch outer section the best…

The drive up the canyon was a bit scary.  We had to ascend 4500+ feet in elevation to reach the top.  The views were all breathtaking and I loved the red dirt color mixed with the greens from the trees.

At the top lookout there was a hiking pathway that went out for more views.  We put on our hiking*cough*running shoes on and started down the path.  We were the same height as the clouds!

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this picture.

And this is the point in the vacation where (gasp!) Kelsey does something stupid and her camera is out of commission.  After we were done hiking, we began the descent down that took like half the time… and got my stomach and head rolling!  I was happy to reach the bottom and it took awhile for my head to feel like it was sitting on straight again.  We headed to Salt Pond Beach to sit for awhile and for the parents to have some cocktails and I had grabbed my book, my beach towel and my camera to bring with me down near the ocean.  Well, somehow my camera got stuck in my hands and unbeknownst to be began continually turning itself on with its lens hitting my book/hand over and over again.  Needless to say, it had a lens error.  I have had enough cameras in my day to know this is common with point and shoots and normally you just have to turn them off and when they come to life again the lens resets itself and you’re back in operation.  Well, that was definitely not the case here!

The lens refused to go in and stayed out.  I tried taking the battery out, taking the memory card out, letting them both stay out for a long stretch of time and nothing worked.  My beach time was definitely not a happy time for me because I had somehow managed to break my camera that was only four days old.  Seriously, who does that?  Well, we watched the sunset and then headed back toward our condo to make dinner there.  On the way home we stopped at Walmart to get a few things, including some chocolate macadamia nut ice cream with dry roasted + salted macadamias for on top.

Dinner (somehow I managed to wait until after dinner for ice cream!) was a brown rice tortilla with hummus, a hard boiled egg, turkey and papaya seed dressing with carrots and a few rice chex on the side.  It was nice to have a simple dinner at the condo rather than a heavy meal!  Ice cream, of course, for dessert.  I had wild plans of making kahlua mudslides, but Walmart only had a big bottle of Kahlua for $20.  No thank you, I will just have to get one out this week!

And I have absolutely no clue how he did it, but my dad got my camera to at least function!  The lens was really stuck out, so he somehow twisted it back enough to get it to latch on to go in and out.  It definitely took a little bit, but it appears to be working and hopefully will last until the end of vacation!  It seems like there is some other issue with the camera however because the inner piece of the lens is dented.  Luckily, it’s still under warranty so it will be sent in to Canon when we return to get a fully functioning camera again.  But I cannot even express my joy in having my camera back, even if it is only temporarily!  I am absolutely loving how the pictures are turning out and can’t imagine not having it along for the rest of Hawaii, but I guess we will see how long it can last and how nicely I can treat it from now until then!

kauai day 3: hanalai + a foodies paradise

After we got back home from the Sugar Mill Run, it was definitely time for breakfast! We got a box of gluten free Bisquick at the store. It didn’t have the healthiest of ingredients since it provided zero protein or fiber, so we also got some millet and buckwheat groats to throw in the batter. Sister had also brought some chia seeds along, so those three things combined with the Bisquick mix made a perfectly suitable breakfast!

Some of Sweet Marie’s granola might also have been put on the pancakes before they were flipped – I love granola in pancakes. If you’ve never tried it, you have to!

Served with Passion Fruit Coconut Syrup, some bacon and extra granola! I couldn’t even finish all of these because they were so filling – even though I wanted to because they were so good. We will definitely be making these again on the trip :).

After we were done with breakfast and were showered, we headed up north to Kilauea Beach lighthouse. You normally have to pay to get to the lookout and to see the lighthouse closer, but it was free today for Veterans Day – thanks Veterans!

The views were gorgeous.

 

After the lighthouse and more driving, we ended up near Lappert’s Ice Cream when we were starting to get hungry again.

I got a sundae with kona coffee + chocolate macadamia nut ice creams, banana, hot fudge, macadamia nuts, whip cream and a cherry. So good!

From the ice cream we headed to go work it off. Our destination? Driving all the way to the end of the road and then hike up the trail there. Don’t you just love Hawaiian directions? So descriptive… Well, we ended up going all the way to the end of the road and there was a busy beach and hiking trail calling our names! Mom had forgotten shoes for hiking so she stayed on the beach while Dad, Kinley and I went up and up and up. We were told it was 2 miles to some waterfalls… but the sign said 4 and we were definitely not prepared for an 8 mile hike that would take 3-4 hours, so we set off to the first and second lookout points listed on the sign – a Beach View and a Coast Viewpoint (.5 miles away).

The hike was quite treacherous. It was very steep, rocky, and slick in a few spots. Kinley and I wore our Five Fingers and they were just a hit on the trail haha – almost everyone we went by just had to comment and ask if they were good hiking shoes… and that was quite humorous since we so do NOT look like hikers, especially in our clothes for the day! The first lookout was a breathtaking view of the beach down below.

And the second was a double view – one side of the beach (although much higher up!), and the other side was the coastline. Everyone up there took turns taking pictures of each other so we got one of the three of us ;).

The hike probably took us 40ish minutes I would say, and it left us famished. We headed to a beach so the parents could have a quick cocktail (and apparently another huge hike since the beach we decided on had a huge trail to get to it) and then went back closer to our condo to to out for dinner at a place we had a coupon for in our resort welcome packet, Lemongrass Grill Seafood Bar. I started the meal with a cocktail – one with Malibu coconut rum, guava, passionfruit and one other juice blended with ice and topped with Bacardi 151. Probably one of the best drinks I’ve ever had.

For dinner Kinley and I (thank goodness) both got the Guava BBQ Ribs. We asked if it was gluten free and the waitress checked on the sauce, and said it was as long as we got it on a bed of rice rather than their potatoes. That was perfectly fine for both of us! They were the absolute best, fall of the rib ribs I’ve ever had and the BBQ sauce was spectacular. The jasmine rice might have even been the best rice I’ve had. And there was even broccoli slaw. We might have to go back to this restaurant to eat this meal again, because I seriously cannot think of a better meal that I have ever had – and it was so easily made gluten free!

After we got home from the best dinner ever, it was definitely time for the hot tub again. My body was sore from the 10k, hike, beach hike, and all the other random walks and strolls throughout the day. Good thing we won’t have to get up quite so early tomorrow morning!

kauai day 2: spouting horn + po’ipu beach

I woke up by myself at 6:15 this morning after 8+ hours of sleep.  It felt so good!  We bought the most delicious coffee last night so I had some of that to get me going.  We had Kona Hawaiian Holiday Cheer this morning that was A Blend of Fresh Coconut with Tropical Fruit and Dark Rum.  Delicious.  And only $5 on sale at Foodland!  Will be back to get more to bring home!  After coffee I went on a 2 mile walk around the property – and found the beach :).  It was so close, within 1/4 mile of our door I would say.  I can definitely get used to this.

I walked up and down the beach and took a ton of pictures because everything was so gorgeous!  And I saw a rainbow – I have a feeling this is not going to be the last one we see since we’re on the Garden Island and rain seems to be a daily occurrence.  I don’t mind the rain however because it makes the intermittent blue skies feel even more special and might help to make a natural sun barrier for part of the day that’ll be good for my fair and easy to burn skin.

When I got back I had a breakfast of Chobani strawberry yogurt with a half of a banana and some Sweet Marie’s gluten free granola along with a half a Sweet Marie’s Mango Macadamia Muffin on the side.  I attempted to connect to the internet with no avail… hopefully it starts working soon so it’s not so pesky for me to get online.

After we ate, we leisurely got ready since we didn’t have any time constraints.  We headed down to the pool around 11, cocktails in hand!  POG + rum is absolutely delicious.  I first heard of POG the last time we went to hawaii, it’s Pineapple Orange Guava juice and is basically the best juice on the planet… and it really needs to come home to the mainland!  We just sat around the pool for a half hour or so and then headed into town to grab some lunch.

We ended up at Mariachi’s Authentic Mexican restaurant.  I ended up with a Chile Verde Taco Salad minus the flour tortilla.  It had a bed of lettuce, the Chile Verde, guacamole, tomato, beans, sour cream and a little cheese.  It was delicious.  I also had a few tortilla chips on the site.  The family got margaritas, but I had forgotten my ID at the condo and they weren’t believing I was over 21… seriously it’s been years since I have been that young!  I wasn’t torn up however since tequila is not my favorite.  After we ate we headed to Spouting Horn on the southern side of the island.

Spouting Horn is a lava tube that is right on the ocean, every once in awhile water floods in and it spurts it back up and makes an angry noise.  It was pretty cool but it was not cooperating for pictures very well – it was definitely camera shy haha.

After that we drove right up the road to Po’ipu Beach for some sun + relaxing time.  It was a gorgeous beach and we even got some snorkeling time in.  I don’t think I had ever snorkeled in the ocean before, but it was awesome going over the coral and seeing the neon colored schools of fish.  Not sure if there’s more snorkeling to come in the next week, but I am glad that I was able to at least do it once!

After we had gotten enough sun for the time being, we left the beach and drove back north, past out condo and to Papaya Natural Foods store.  It was hiding in the back of a strip mall, but we found it and got a few goodies including Macadamia Cashew Nut Butter.  I was hoping we’d find a deal around for Mac Nut Butter, but no luck again.  Sister and I decided to splurge since we are on vacation and got the Artisana brand.  We got a few other things and then headed back to the condo for dinner.

We made steaks on the grill by our condo, along with a side of kale chips and yams/sweet potato things.  We weren’t entirely sure what these things were – they tasted like a mix between a regular potato and a sweet potato almost, and I loved them!  Along with a side of ketchup, of course.  We also shared a chocolate cookie from Sweet Marie’s that tasted like a brownie.

 

Sister and I had a little hot tub time tonight after some frustrating computer time.  My computer refuses to connect to the internet.  The wifi has full strength and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, but it will not go to the login page where i can put in my password.  What is going on?!  It’s so annoying and I hate not being able to chill out with the internet at night…  I hope it starts working soon but I don’t really know if that’ll be an option…

All in all it was a good first full day in paradise!

kauai day 1: traveling

Our day started ridiculously early this morning with alarms set for 1:45am. We got up,
had coffee (it was obviously a necessity!), showered, finished packing and got picked up
at 3:15am by the parents. We headed right to the Milwaukee airport for our 5am flight
to Chicago for our first layover. We got to the airport by 4 and none of the workers had
showed up yet to check us in and take our checked baggage – so helpful, right?
Wonderful United/US Airways/Continental/whoever else is merged together now.
Around 4:15 the workers finally decided to show up and get us through. Then the same
thing happened at security where we had to wait for the oh-so-helpful security
personnel. I got through security perfectly fine – body scan and all haha. There were
still a few minutes before we had to board , so just enough time to use the restroom and
fill up camelbaks.

Flight 1 went well, really fast since there was only about 15 minutes of airtime which
was good because the seats were SO tiny. When we arrived in O’Hare we had an hourish
layover. I got a small milk from McDonald’s to use on some granola we brought and
had two Pumpkin Millet Muffins (made gf recently although not entirely successful
haha). We then boarded the plane to Phoenix. This trip officially has the most layovers
I have ever had for flights, but it’s all worth it to end up in paradise! The flight to
Phoenix was between 3-4 hours, not too bad and it was nice to get off and stretch. We
had a little over an hour layover in Phoenix and then boarded the flight to Kauai.

The flight was SO LONG. The pilot said 6hrs 40 minutes which really feels like forever
when you’re cramped on a plane. At least I was in the middle of mom and sister so it
was not as constricting as the flights to and from London I’ve done with strangers sitting
next to me. Kinley and I packed PB&Js for the plane ride and ate those before we even
took off since we were starving – with the time change it was technically lunchtime in our
time zone so that was good enough for us. We also had a mix of gf pretzels, rice chex
and m&ms which was so delicious and is pretty much gone now after the flight.

We started out watching three episodes of the third season of Castle that I got for my
birthday from mom and dad. It helped the time go by and Kinley fell asleep more than a
couple of times. We then made a grocery list because we were planning on going
shopping once we got to Kauai to stock up on essentials. The rest of the plane ride is
kind of a blur now. I know I read quite a bit near the end and also had a gopicnic meal –
my new favorite! I had hummus + crackers that came with a fruit & nut mix, dry roasted
edamame and a dark chocolate square. It was so nice to have a little pack of gluten
free food for the flight, and for 400 calories, 12 grams of fiber and 25 grams of protein.
It was nice to have a fairly nutritions and protein packed meal while flying and having
what felt like a ton of carbs already that morning ;).

I also had fun with my brand new camera and all of its awesome functions.

And had a few glasses of orange juice along with my water to help ward off the
disgusting germs on the airplane with some extra vitamin c!

We finally arrived in Kauai at 3:15 pm local time (4 hour time difference from
Wisconsin). It felt so nice to stretch off of the plane! We got our luggage and then
headed to get our rental car. The line at the rental car was incredibly long and took
probably close to a half hour to finally get through it and get our Jeep Liberty. We were
expecting a car, but we’ll take it ;).

(It wasn’t dark when we picked it up – just when the picture was taken)

After we got the car we swung by Sweet Marie’s Hawaii gluten free bakery (more on
that later), and headed to the condo. The condo itself is clean, a bit dated but it’ll do
since we hopefully won’t be inside much! It’s 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a full kitchen,
living room, dining room and a lanai with chickens running all over. You think I’m
kidding. We got a little settled and Mom, Dad and I headed to Walmart to get water,
POG, alcohol… you know, the necessities. Then we got back to the condo and got
ready to go to dinner around 6, and by this time we were all ready for a real meal!

We ended up at JJ’s Broiler, it was recommended in a guidebook and the food was
really good. I got a turkey burger that was topped with some dijon dressing, tomato,
avocado and sprouts. I ordered it without the bread and didn’t eat the sprouts because
I’m not a fan, but it definitely made the picture! Served with a side of sweet potato fries
(to the best of my knowledge, they do not have a dedicated fryer, but fortunately it
doesn’t seem like cross contamination is a huge problem for me). The turkey burger
was so moist and I loved the dijon dressing and fries – definitely what I needed after a
long day of flying!

We headed to the grocery store next to get a few things and then back to the condo
where we all passed out. It was such a long day of flying, but definitely nice to finally be
here and get to enjoy the beautiful weather!