Sunday, September 21, 2008

Paradise, Day Three

Checking out, checking in, and stocking up...

Our day began with a walk to the beach in the early morning quiet. Waikiki is always so busy, but we were pleasantly surprised to find things moving a little bit slower at sunrise. A few folks were already in the water, but the beach was relatively uninhabited. The crabs were in abundance along the sea wall, and we enjoyed watching them scurry around between the waves.

Later we browsed through an arts and crafts festival in the park and marveled at the beauty of the beach in the morning light. The water was an absolutely gorgeous shade of turquoise blue. Isn't it amazing the difference a little sunlight and blue sky can make?

We had to check out of our hotel by noon, but the question on everyone's minds was whether we would be checked into the condo in time to see the game which was to start at 2 p.m. What would Paradise be without a little college football?

We needed groceries, so we headed out to find the massive 300,000 square foot Wal-Mart/Sam's Club complex just outside Waikiki. What an experience! It was like IKEA on steroids. It makes me laugh to think how I avoid Wal-Mart on Saturdays at home because it is so crazy. Ha. I didn't even know crowded.

With a trunk full of food, we headed to the Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk and unloaded in the parking garage with the help of a truly hospitable valet who never even snickered as he loaded an entire luggage cart with groceries. He assured me he had done it before. It was somewhat like the Beverly Hillbillies go to Hawaii.

The game was underway, so the fans gathered around to see their team win. Go Dawgs.

I must admit that it is very difficult to be frugal in Hawaii, but this afternoon as a few of us went out to explore our new location, we happened upon a deal. A new Red Mango shop was having their grand opening, and they were offering a free small frozen yogurt with one topping to anyone who came in this afternoon. What a deal!

We relished our mango and pineapple treats as we perused the shops and came back to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. Unc made his famous chicken noodle soup, and everyone was delighted!

Our travel guides have been busily planning the rest of our trip, and there are more adventures to come. I can hardly wait!

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