From Hawaii to Florida
My favorite sweet at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World is the infamous Dole Whip, so when Jack and I were making plans to return to Hawaii, (for a second honeymoon) I told him we had to go to the Dole Plantation on Oahu. Oh, he agreed, but when we got there it wasn’t what I remembered when we were there with Jackson years ago… it was hard to find a parking space and the lines were really long, but Jack would not give up!
We finally got our Dole Whip.
It was as delicious as the one at the Magic Kingdom (now at a new location but still in Adventureland).
A couple of days in Kauai were on the agenda as well. That island has become so popular, it’s not the isolated place we once loved. On our first trip to Kauai, we stayed at a newly built Westin hotel, it was so serene and almost as if we were in a fantasy land.
A year later the entire area was destroyed by a hurricane and the Westin was no more. That was over 20 years ago, so we drove by just to see what it was like now and another hotel has taken it’s place, filled with tourists, with a nearby restaurant serving up one big dessert, the Hula pie.
Back to Oahu and the re-creation of an anniversary photo taken on the pink wall at the Royal Hawaiian.
The Halekulani in Oahu was our final resting place before the trip back to Tampa, but we were surprised to find the almost 130-year-old kiawe tree was uprooted during a heavy downpour the night Jack before. Still a beautiful evening.
The performers at the “House Without a Key” restaurant lost their famous tree, but the show just moved to the side and didn’t miss a beat.