I got up around 6:00 am on September 11th (Tuesday) and began to gather up our belongings to pack for the return trip home.
The temperature was 71F at 7:10 am and calm. It was sunny and quite clear too. As I looked down on Kona Airport, I could see a prominent dividing line between the land, ocean and sky. There are clouds in the sky. It doesn’t look like there is a tropical storm (Olivia) nearby. It must have been raining somewhere because there was a faint rainbow over the ocean.
I am really going to miss this view!
Dorothy prepared a lovely dinner for us. All of the meals that Dorothy prepared, while we were in Hawaii, were delicious. Our last dinner there, though, was special. Dinner was stuffed noodles and black bottom pie. Bob asked whose birthday it was. His mother made this meal for birthdays.
By 6:15 pm we were at Kona Airport and through security, waiting at gate 2.
We had not seen any nasty weather from Tropical Storm Olivia. I did hear an airline attendant make a remark about the wind, though, at Kona Airport. It was a bit windy, as we were lining up to get on the airplane. She said there is usually no wind, when the sun goes down. The existence of wind at the airport at that time was unusual.
We were seated on the airplane at 7:26 pm and departed the airport at 8:00 pm.
I slept some during the flight to Denver. I needed more sleep, though, as I had a headache as we were coming in for a landing. We arrived in Denver at 6:07 am local time on September 12th (Wednesday).
We were sitting at our gate at 7:17 am, waiting for our departure time. Our airplane was scheduled to depart, en route Pittsburgh, at 9:52 am. It was nice not to have to rush at this airport like we did on August 31st, when we arrived from Pittsburgh. We had time to enjoy a leisurely breakfast at an airport cafe.
We were seated on the airplane at 9:30 am. We departed the gate at 9:48 am. At 10:44 am we had not yet reached the runway! The United Airbus is susceptible to hot brakes. We did a lot of stopping and starting, while taxiing to the runway. The pilot announced that we would not be able to take off until the brakes had cooled down.
We finally departed Denver Airport at 11:19 am. We arrived at Pittsburgh Airport at 3:50 pm local time, an hour late. My first thought, as we landed, was about the brakes. I hoped the brakes that had overheated while taxiing to the runway in Denver would stop the airplane!
We retrieved our checked bag from baggage claim. Then we telephoned Marriott shuttle service for pick up and delivery to car.
We returned home at 8:15 pm, making only one stop along the way. We stopped for a quick bite at Burger King in Barkeysville, PA. By the time we returned home, we had been awake (for the most part) for about 32 hours. We were both exhausted. I went to bed soon after returning home. Bob followed about an hour later.
We had a most wonderful vacation and loved spending time with Bob’s brother and our sister-in-law, but it is good to be home. Thank you, Dorothy and John, for EVERYTHING.