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Trip Report Kauai Family Vacation - 2nd Time is Just as Magical

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Fall 2010 my family and I(husband, two little kids) went to Kauai. We were so much in love with it, we returned the following year. Here's is the trip report from our Fall 2011 vacation:

We invited my father along for this trip, since the cottage we rented the previous year, and rented again for this trip, had a separate bungalow on the same property. He had been to Kauai and the other islands as a boy, but that was over 40-50 years ago, so it was like new to him.

He flew with his preferred carrier Alaska Airlines, and we flew United(ummm... note to self, Hawaiian is much better. Sometimes saving a few extra $$$ doesn't matter as much as comfort). Did everything same as the year before(packing new toys, lots of snacks, new downloaded movies, and carry-on only).

Day 1: Left Seattle at 9am. Our flight stopped in LA, whereas my dad's went directly to Kauai. My 2 ½ year old son was great on the 90 minute flight to LA, so great in fact, he napped. I was disappointed, thinking he'd save his nap for the longer flight. My daughter, 6 at the time, could be occupied for 10 straight hours with nothing but a pen and paper. She is the easiest person to travel with. Easier than my son OR even my husband by far. Hehehe :)

Grabbed an over-priced lunch at LAX in between flights, as there were no complimentary meals on United. The seating was all mixed up on United. Seriously, why give people the option of choosing seats when booking, if you don't plan on keeping any record of it? I ended up alone with the 3 kids, but my husband wasn't far away. This was also stupid since there were empty seats. Thankfully, sometime during the flight they let him move across the aisle from us. I think it made it worse though since my son started to demand to sit on daddy's lap. But nothing an episode of Little Einsteins couldn't fix.

My dad landed much sooner than the rest of us, since his flight left earlier, and had no stops. Unfortunately I booked the SUV in my name only, so he couldn't pick it up. He got on the Marriot free Shuttle(I'm pretty sure you shouldn't do this if you aren't a guest, but no one asked whether or not he was a guest) to the resort, then walked from there to the Harbor Mall center in Lihue. He had a burger and relaxed until we came and picked him up, which was probably 2 hours.

We landed. Our son was ecstatic to be off the plane. I swear our daughter could have gone twice as far and been just as happy/relaxed. But once she saw she was back in Kauai, she was thrilled.

Got our SUV at Alamo, picked up my dad, stopped by Safeway in Kapaa, then checked into out Cottage/Bungalow. My dad got to meet the hosts and we all took the grand-tour. After that we ate, then pretty much went right to bed.

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