We packed up all of our stuff… ahhh. Do we really have to go home?
Of course it was on my last day, my 14th day, that I finally found some decent coffee in Waimea. I had kind of a hard time because there’s no coffee maker at the house. Then I find out on the last day that there’s a great coffee shop about a two minute drive away: Aloha -n- Paradise. It is an art gallery and an event space with an espresso bar in the back. I browsed around and looked at a LOT of amazing art by local artists and then headed back for a latte. Let me warn you, though, this is not a place you rush in and out of. I talked story with the ladies inside FOREVER! One woman had been in Chicago over the winter, living there for about 8 months, before returning home to Kauai. I don’t know why she would want to spend the winter in Chicago! She said she was a traveling chef and was also writing a play (I think).
Not too long later, we packed up the car and drove to Lihue. The good news was for our Lihue to Los Angeles flight we got a free upgrade to first class. It was kind of an old crappy plane, but it was great to have the extra space for Makai to relax and get more comfortable. Also, the food and blankets and pillows were nice. And the champagne.
It was 11 p.m. when we arrived at LAX. We changed Makai into his pajamas and got something to eat. We had a middle seat and the window and the gate agent would not switch us. We were all settled in when our seatmate arrived and I swear he took one look at us and cursed his luck, sitting next to a baby on a redeye!, but Makai was good. He slept almost the whole time and only fussed for a minute. Kristin picked us up from the airport in our car. Makai stayed home from daycare that day and Dallas and I both worked from home. We all needed one day to adjust!