24.09.2011 - 24.09.2011
Today was a change of pace. A slower start and laundry. American washers won't take Canadian quarters so I only had enough American quarters to do one load of wash. Fine colours and whites together and I hung up the laundry on our lanai to dry. We headed down to the airport to pick up Doug and Dan. After two circles of the airport we found the hourly parking and by the time we walked over to the arrivals they were waiting. They had a marvelous time at their resort on Kona and we tossed the idea about them staying on a bit..but commitments call. They looked good in their complimentary Kona t shirts.
So the word about Pearl Harbor is that you have to be there early to get in, but we thought we would take a chance. Arriving at 11:30 we were surprised to find we got tickets for 12:15. Great, that gave us time to grab a lifpght lunch before heading to the theatre. The place has been renovated and it is so much nicer than before. Room to spead out, well designed exhibits and the film is in better shape since the last time we viewed it. It was not a full theatre and although this ismthe fourth time I have viewed this film it is still very powerful. The group is mostly resectful as we spend our time at the memorial. The oil continues to dot the surface and at this rate will do so for a hundred years more.
We explore a bit when we get back to the mainland and then pick up tickets for the Mighty Mo. They bus us over and we picked up our free audio guides and they take a group photo of us as we board. When we leave a photo package costing $35 is offered to us, but the price is too high and the photo is meh.
We hang around to take the 35 minute guided and over the course of the tour our group of 12 shrinks to 6. Pauline our guide (she's a volunteer) was very informative and was certainly a great intoduction to the ship. I hadn't realized the ship had been put back into service for Desert Storm. nor did I know that this is where the unconditional surrender had been sighed with Japan. Nor did I know the Canadian rep signed the Japanese version on the wrong line creating a bit of contraversy. Thw visit was well worth our time, but after 2 1/2 hours I was ready to head back. We caught the second to last bus and retruned to find our car in one piece.
On Pauline's recommendation we found ourselves at an italian family restaurant and the place was hopping. The food was good and more than filling. It was time to get the guys back to the airport for their trip home.
The drive up Island is uneventful. However the parties are cooking. There is one somewhere across the highway that could be heard for miles. We settle in to review the day, have a drink and watch a cheesy made for tv scary movie. My bed and the sounds of the waves breaking on shore call. Nighty night.