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Wednesday Snippet: The Another Day In Paradise Edition

It was a lazy day today–much like yesterday, although different in that Son and I walked down the Strip for breakfast. It was lovely to start the morning with him. Then he went to his conference and I came up to the room to write. Got about 1K words in–not bad. I’ll take it. After I got to a writing stopping place, I wandered down to the beach to walk along the shore and out on the pier. No whales but lots of surfers and tourists.

I had an appointment to get my hair washed and blown out at noon (this is Liz’s and my travel thing–we don’t do our own hair. We find a salon and get it done.). The salon was about a mile from the hotel, so I walked there (past a very stinky zoo) and to an area that was totally unfamiliar. However, I found the salon and what a delight! The hair wash/style included a Japanese head massage, a neck and shoulder massage, and a lovely smelling hair treatment. Nice folks, decent fair price, and more extras than I’m used to when I get my hair done. It looked too nice to walk back to the hotel in the wind and rain, so I called a Lyft and Tam came and brought me back. Easy Peasy!

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing the relaxing thing, although I did forget to eat lunch)–reading on the balcony, keeping the birds from going into our room, going in when the rain and wind started, then going back out to read on the balcony again when sun reappeared. Son came home and we hung out for a while and then he said, “Wanna go on a beach pub crawl?”

Well, sure! So we did! First stop was the Beach Bar at the Moana Surfrider hotel where we had appetizers and fruity drinks by the ocean and watched the sun set. Quite nice! Then we wandered farther down the beach to the Sheridan’s RumFire bar and restaurant and had another beverage and some chicken wings. Son’s buddy met up with us there and the three of us continued on to Duke’s Waikiki, where we shared a huge dessert and ended our night with beers. It started getting late and cold at that point, and we had to be up early tomorrow, so we headed back to the hotel. Now Son is asleep and I’m about ready to fall asleep. I really had a ball with Son and his colleague–I’ve never pub crawled before and particularly never in Hawaii, so what a treat!

Tomorrow we head to Kona and our VRBO condo and a couple days of exploring and more R&R. I’m sorta getting the hang of this whole R&R thing–I could learn to like it! The pub crawl involved a lot of walking and I confess, we had to stop a couple times because I got breathless, but mostly, I did fine and got in 14,702 steps today. I think the cardio doc would be proud of me.

Stay safe and thanks so much for coming along on this adventure with me!


  • Sinclair Sawhney

    Total vicarious pleasure to read your travel logs. I would love to have the relationship you have with Son. I think I have done okay with my son–still in college for a while, yet not at all even 50/50 convinced that he would enjoy pub crawling with me after a day of meeting conferences. I do not think I would be remotely invited unless I was paying so I am even more convinced of your fabulousness in all things–savoring life, being a wonderful friend, a skilled writer, beautiful story teller and fun and supportive and loving mother.

    • Nan

      Thanks, Sinclair, but remember your son is quite a bit younger than mine–that adult closeness came with time. I’m not sure Son would’ve gone pub crawling with when he was in college. He is my heart and I think he sees what that means now that he’s a parent, too. Hugs to you, my dear one!

    • Nan

      Hey, Janine, thanks for coming along! I am getting tons of steps in–I’m hoping I can continue the trend when I get home!

  • Liz Flaherty

    Lotsa steps! Sounds as if you’re having a wonderful time. Keep storing up those stories! So, you liked your hair?

    • Nan

      Hey Lizzy! I am! It’s been grand. I do like my hair–it’s pretty dang straight, but honestly, it’s what it will be here in the humidity. Hugs, baby!