Off to Kauai for a few days with "the couple from New York"
02.20.2013 - 02.23.2013 73 °F
When I first arrived on the farm here in Waimanalo, I met Tim and Margo aka "the couple from New York." They are your typical New Yorkers and a blast to hang out with. Tim reminds me of a Jewish mother and could keep up with my sarcasm. Margo is in the best shape I've ever seen and such a sweetheart, despite her New York accent and tattoos :-) We spent a good bit of time together, sneaking off to the beach on our break or spending the day in Honolulu, and were fast friends. However, they were only on the farm for a short while. They left after my first week to head off to another Hawaiian island, Kauai, for a bit before going on the Asian leg of their trip.
Margo had insisted a couple times that I come join them and I missed spending time with them so I decided to make it happen. While at breakfast on a Tuesday morning, I tell one of the farm founders "Hey John, I've decided I want to go to Kauai for a few days to see Tim and Margo..." Before I can finish my sentence, John interrupts with "I think that's a great idea. I can take you to the airport in two hours." ::jaw drops to table:: "Wow, uh thanks John." Meanwhile, I'm thinking about how I hadn't even talked to Tim or Margo yet and don't even know what to pack (my packing is a bit excessive; however, we'll get to that in another post [insert jokes here, guys!]). So I tell myself, "Well CC, you always say you only live once (YOLO) so what the heck!" I quickly worked on chores and packed my bag.
Literally two hours later, John sweetly drops me off at Honolulu Airport and tells me to have a great time. I've text Margo a few times to let her know I'm definitely coming but haven't heard back yet. I buy my ticket online using my phone while standing outside the security gates, which is cheaper than buying it at the ticket counter FYI. So I fly 35 minutes from Oahu to Kauai and have no idea what I'm going to do next since I STILL hadn't heard back from Margo.
I walk outside Kauai's Lihue Airport to the information desk and tell the woman that I'm hungry and need a beach. She informs to call the Marriott and their shuttle will pick me up for free and take me to their resort where there is a nice beach and plenty things to do within walking distance. Cha-ching! As soon as I get dropped off, I head to Duke's (Duke's Kauai) for an adult beverage called Lava Flow and their fabulous fish and chips. I sat at the bar and chatted with a nice gentleman from North Caroline with a familiar Southern drawl. From there, I wandered around and settled on the Kalapaki Beach
I went back to Duke's for a sweet treat and enjoyed almost all of a piece of their famous Hula Pie
After a few hours of relaxing, Tim calls me - Margo had been in the spa all day so she didn't have her phone but they were excited I was there and would come get me soon.
Over the next few days, we chatted, joked and wandered around Kauai together. I took a surf lesson from a new friend of their's and totally rocked surfing! This was one of my goals while in Hawaii and I can't wait to improve my skills. We also went to Waimea Canyon which is like Hawaii's version of the Grand Canyon
It's the rainy season in Kauai so we saw a lot of beautiful, full rainbows. Rainbows are special to my family so I took a lot of pics :-)
I was also able to check off another item on my bucket list while on Kauai: seeing a legit sunset!
After our few days together, we all came back to Oahu and spent one more night together. Saying goodbye was bittersweet but we'll definitely stay in touch and I hope to visit them in NY some day. I am currently kicking myself in the rear for not getting a picture of the 3 of us. But for your viewing pleasure, I stole this pic of "the couple from New York" from Facebook
Lesson learned through this experience: Spontaneity is well-worth it so don't be afraid to just go with the flow. Sometimes life pushes us in a particular direction for a reason we may or may not know but we just have to trust the Universe sometimes <3
To Tim and Margo - I'm so happy for the time we had together and thanks for the great memories. I hope you're enjoying Asia, donkeys and all :-)