Author: Craig Mashburn

Day 10 – Hawaii Trip

We woke up early on the train to go have breakfast in the dining car…

20160713_133928463_iOSMichael and I stepped off the train in Gallup…

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Soon after lunch in the dining car, we arrived into Lamy, just about on time…

20160713_192952808_iOSNow, we just had the drive home. Except for the fact that our car would not start. Yup, here we were in the metropolis of Lamy, New Mexico, where there is NOT EVEN CELL PHONE SERVICE, with a car that would not start.

Turns out, it was the battery and another passenger waiting to get on the next train was very helpful and gave us a jump start. We decided to play it safe and we did not turn the car off again until we got home. We made it.

That is all the trip reports for this year. Thanks for following along. I might have one more post with a video Michael made so stay tuned for that.

Until next time…

Day 8 – Hawaii Trip

Well, this was a pretty slow day vacation wise. We started by saying goodbye to our view…

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We went to the airport, returned the rental, and boarded our Hawaiian Airlines flight back to the mainland…

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Nice parting picture of the island…

20160712_003444647_iOSAnd Michael caught be dancing to some techno music on the plane..

20160712_050742422_iOSNow we are in a hotel in San Diego for the night. We will board our first train to Los Angeles at noon tomorrow.

Day 7 – Hawaii Trip

We did not have a lot planned for today. We started the day going to Manoa Falls.IMG_0203

The hike was about 30 minutes each way and was a completely different environment than we had been in so far. It was jungle and while not hot, it was very humid.

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IMG_0210We then drove out for a ride on the Oahu Railroad. It took us all the way out to the West coast of Oahu.

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IMG_0214After the train, the family went to spend some time at the beach while I hung out at the condo.

IMG_0216After dinner, we walked around Waikiki and bought a couple of souvenirs.

IMG_0215Now we are preparing ourselves to leave tomorrow. Really looking forward to sitting on a plane for 6 hours (not).

Day 6 – Hawaii Trip

We slept in a little later this morning. Then we stopped by the Kamehameha Statue that they show in Hawaii 5-0 all the time…

IMG_0180Then we headed all the way to the opposite side of Oahu to the town of Laie. We first stopped of at Lanie Point…

IMG_0187IMG_0188After a quick lunch, we drove by the local Morman temple…

IMG_0189The rest of the day was spent at the Polynesian Cultural Center…

IMG_0192Canoe ride…

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Michael just had to have a fresh coconut…

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Stephen found something he likes to do…

IMG_0199Here is a pic between the luau and the big show at the end of the day…

IMG_0200It was a long day and was an hour long drive back so it is late. Going to bed.

Day 5 – Hawaii Trip

We started the day going to Diamond Head crater. Here is where we started…

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Then after some steep trails, some stairs, more trails, more stairs, a tunnel that I am sure did not have enough air in it, some more trails, some more stairs, then more stairs, then more stairs, we reached the top rim…

IMG_0145For some reason, the trip back down went a lot quicker. After returning to our car, we drove to the Punchbowl National Cemetery…

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IMG_0151Then we went for a drive around to the north shore. On the way we stopped at a place called the spitting cave.

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IMG_0154We stopped for lunch and then drove back on the H3 interstate. It was incredibly beautiful.

Went back the condo. Vicky, Stephen and Michael went to the beach…

IMG_0163Not being a beach person, I went right behind the beach to the Army Museum…

IMG_0165When I came back, found Michael and Stephen on this…

IMG_0166We then went back to the condo for dinner. Then back to the beach for the Hilton fireworks…

IMG_0171Now we are back at the condo settling in for the night. Until tomorrow.

Day 4 – Hawaii Trip

The day started early cause it would take all day to see everything at Pearl Harbor…

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We started with a great tour of the USS Missouri…

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The spot where the surrender was signed…

IMG_0114We also visited the USS Bowfin submarine…

IMG_0125And the Pacific Aviation Museum…

IMG_0131And the USS Arizona memorial. Here we are on the boat…

IMG_0130Here are four Chinese warships that were docked in Pearl. We were told they were unexpected. We also spoke with a Chinese naval officer on the Missouri…

IMG_0126After a run by the grocery store for dinner, we were back to the condo for dinner. After, we decided to walk around the neighborhood of Waikiki..

IMG_0138And Michael and Vicky partook of a local favorite…

IMG_0135We are now pretty tired so we are turning in to get energy for tomorrow. Until then.

Day 3 – Hawaii Trip

We started the morning with breakfast at the hotel in San Diego…

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Then we took the shuttle to the dreaded airport to get an airplane involved in this trip…

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IMG_0092Pretty soon we were on board and away we went…

IMG_0095After a long 5 hours, we caught our first glimpse of where we were headed…

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After a VERY long wait at the car rental place, we went straight to our condo rental. Nice view…

IMG_0097After running to the store to get some food and supplies, we walked to the beach for a look…

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Now, it is to bed early. The time change is really making us tired. Big day tomorrow.

Day 2 – Hawaii Trip

Our train arrived into Los Angeles Union Station only about 45 minutes late. It allowed us to run inside and spend a few minutes in the lounge. After only about 30 minutes, our next train was arriving and we were boarding the Surfliner train to San Diego. No sleepers on this train, but we were in business class.

20160705_164857266_iOSThis train ran right on time and we arrived into San Diego at 12:40.

20160705_195433701_iOSAfter gathering our checked bags, we called our hotel for a shuttle to pick us up.

20160705_200817226_iOSStephen’s ear was hurting him pretty bad, so we decided to go get it looked at. Stephen and I took an Uber over to an Urgent Care place. Turns out he has an inner ear infection. We got a prescription from the pharmacy and Ubered back to the hotel. (Uber was awesome!)

Then we all walked down to the pier and ate dinner at Anthony’s. Then back to hotel to chill for a bit.

20160706_012822437_iOSVicky and I had been keeping a secret from the boys as to an activity we had planned for tonight. We finally let them in. We were going to an escape room that was right around the corner from our hotel. It was VERY cool. It was called Enigma HQ. We had a blast. We also made it out with 6:04 on the clock (with a few helpful hints along the way).

20160706_030646738_iOSWe will begin early tomorrow morning, but tomorrow we will be in Hawaii. Keep in mind that Hawaii is 5 hours behind Central Time Zone so most posts will probably not come till late.

Until tomorrow.

Day 1 – Hawaii Trip

We started the morning by dropping our little Baxter off at the Moore’s house. We have been telling him he was going to summer camp, so if you see him, make sure you don’t say anything else.

We then headed out for Lamy, New Mexico. Took us about four hours to get there. We arrived about two hours before departure.

For once, our train was practically on time arriving only about 20 minutes late. We boarded into our bedrooms. We always get the smallest rooms called roomettes, but for this trip because of some technicalities with our reward points, we got two of the large bedrooms instead. They are much larger and have restrooms in the rooms.

Soon after boarding, the train makes an extended stop in Albuquerque. So we were able to get off and walk around a bit. This is how Albuquerque says “Do not sit on the wall.”

After dinner of steak for all of us, we made a stop in Gallop where we stepped off for a few minutes.

We turned in pretty soon after since we were still operating on central time. Also, since breakfast would be served at 5am.

We were able to drag ourselves to the dining car at 5 for breakfast.

Now we are back in our rooms laying down. We are running a couple hours late but may still be able to be on our scheduled connecting train to San Diego. We shall see.

(I am going to try and post this using Word, we shall see how it goes!)

2016 Hawaii Schedule

Our yearly family vacation is upon us again. This year, it is a little bigger (i.e. more expensive) than normal since this is Stephen’s last trip ever with us! Okay, maybe not his last trip, but he did just graduate high school so this is his senior trip. So we are Hawaii bound!

As is normal for us, we will be taking the train. Yes, we are taking the train to Hawaii. At least for part of the trip, anyway. An airplane will also be somewhat involved in the trip as well. Here is our schedule…

  • Monday, July 4th – Drive from Amarillo to Lamy, New Mexico and board Amtrak’s train #3, the Southwest Chief
  • Tuesday, July 5th – Arrive at Los Angeles Union Station and change trains to Amtrak’s Surfliner train. Arrive by train into San Diego where we will spend the night
  • Wednesday, July 6th – Board our Hawaiian Airlines flight from San Diego to Honolulu and arrive in Hawaii
  • Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th – Explore the island of Oahu
  • Monday, July 11th – Fly back to San Diego and spend the night
  • Tuesday, July 12th – Board Amtrak’s Surfliner back to Los Angeles where we will change trains to the #4 Southwest Chief
  • Wednesday, July 13th – Arrive back into Lamy and drive back to Amarillo

This could be our “once-in-a-lifetime” trip to Hawaii. Who knows if we will ever get to go back so we plan on really taking it in. Would like to thank our friend James for once again house sitting for us, the Moore family for caring for sweet Baxter and all those checking in on and serving Vicky’s dad.

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Days 9 & 10

We boarded our train around 9:30 Wednesday night…

As far as the train trip, everything went pretty much as scheduled and planned. We did decide to see if we could raise the upper bunk with Stephen still in it. Answer: Yes.

At a couple of stops along the route…

And at our last train breakfast for this trip…

We arrived back in to Fort Worth just about 25 minutes late. Our good friend Caroline was there to pick us up and take us back to her house to get our car.

Then we hit the road for home…

It has been another fun trip for us and as usual (and is one of the main purposes) I feel we have had good family time and feel closer to one another.

Until next time…

 

 

 

Day 8

We finally got to start a day a little later after a couple of very tiring days. We packed up the rental car and checked out of our hotel. We stopped at Chick-fil-a for breakfast.

Then we got to experiance something we had so far been able to avoid. Los Angeles traffic. Having lived most of my life in Houston, I am not really nervous driving in it. Fun fun.

We then arrived at the LA Zoo…

And of course, Stephen’s picture with the flamingos.

 

 Then we had some time to kill so we stopped by a rail place called Travel Town…

Then we drove up to the Griffith Park Observatory…  (notice the Hollywood sign in the background)

We went back to Union Station to return the rental car. Problem was the car place closes at 5 and our train does not leave until 10. So after checking into the lounge, we walked over to Philippe’s and had a french dip sandwich for dinner.

Then back to Union Station to wait…

We will board our train and go straight to bed so that is all for tonight.