Feb 1, 2011

....And the Last of the Big Island

The week flew by too fast. We did so much and created long-lasting memories.... Ok. That's cheesy. But seriously, we had a great time. I just have to share a story before I move on to other entries. Ryan and I went over to meet up at their room and ended up going out on the balcony to hang out for awhile. Room service happened to come and as we are all having a nice conversation and they start vacuuming. What? Really? We're talking here! Anyway, Ryan closed the door so we could get back to your deep thought provoking conversation.
Time goes by, I'm starting to pit out and need to get in some shade, but wait! The door is locked?! But wait again! The room service is in there! Maybe they can save us!
We knocked on the door and tried looking inside to wave them over. They're gone! We are on the 3rd floor and don't have the number to call the front desk. So what did we do?
I saw a lady walking across the courtyard. "HEY!!!! UP HERE!!!! YES YOU! WE'RE LOCKED OUT OF OUR ROOM!!! CAN YOU GO TO THE FRONT DESK AND TELL THEM WE ARE LOCKED OUT ON OUR BALCONY? WE'RE IN ROOM 2012! THANK YOUUUUUU!"
Apparently, there is a security bar that had dropped down on it's own. Once the maid freed us from the balcony she made us feel better telling us it happens more often than we think. She told us that one guy, after he found out he was locked out, panicked and jumped off the balcony! That's supposed to make us feel better? Maybe it should because we didn't get hurt. Just our egos. Good times.

Well, we made it back into your room, talked about how funny that was, and then Marilyn and her adventerous nature suggested we go for a helicopter ride. Heck yes! Another first-time for us. It was so fun. We had a much better view from the helicopter than in our Kia mini van i must say.

 Anyone watch the  tv show 24? Ryan is my Jack Bauer! :)

Volcano

  Interesting story. We all talked about why people would have houses on a volcano and on our helicopter ride we saw what was left of a neighborhood after an eruption. If you look really closely, you can see ONE house that wasn't touched. It's called Jack's Place because the guy that lives there is Jack and it's his place. duh. He runs a B&B there. It's funny because the street he lives on leads to nowhere. When he goes to town he has to walk 3 hours!!!!! He can't drive across the volanic rock. What a life huh? We did see him walking down his street when we were overhead. Talk about major privacy though. You don't need to worry about any peeping toms that's for sure.

So many waterfalls right next to each other. I wish this picture could give it justice but it doens't.




Barry was able to sit up front with the pilot while Ryan was folded up in the back. Poor Barry, he said he had too much room!! Ha





We loved our helicopter ride, but it did feel good to be back on safe grounds! 

We had our picnic afterwards before heading to the Champions Golf Tournament at the Four Seasons. I'm not sure why I was so exicted for this picture. Maybe because I was hungry and was able to eat.

No cameras were allowed so this is the only shot Ryan was able to sneak in. This is at the 18th hole. Ryan watched the recap that night on tv and turns out we were on tv. We were also able to get a few autographs. I really think golf is super super boring and would never watch it on tv. But I thought it was pretty fun seeing it in person. Marilyn made it really fun too as she made fun of how serious everyone was there. It's true! No one smiles or laughs or anything. Tight wads.


Great week on the Big Island. Thank you Barry and Marilyn. Same time next year?