Maui From the Air

We started early on Saturday July 19, leaving for the airport around 7:00 a.m. Our Continental Express flight left at 8:25. The flight was smooth and easy.

Our layover in Houston was about 2 hours which gave us time to grab some lunch at Wendy's. Then we boarded Continental flight 73 to Honolulu. We were among the last to board because we were near the front of the plane.

The flight did not seem as long as we had expected. Each passenger had a personal TV screen, and one could watch movies, TV, play video games, or listen to music. We watched Bringing Down the House with Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. We then watched Head of State with Chris Rock. Both were forgettable but made the time pass more quickly. They fed us twice. The first meal was a hamburger, definitely microwaved. Having just had a hamburger at Wendy's, neither of us ate the whole thing, but we ate some since we didn't know when we would eat next. The brownie dessert was good, of course. The second meal, which we had not expected, was a small sandwich with a chocolate candy dessert like a Turtle.

The flight progress was easy to follow because they had a real-time monitor that showed a map of our position. It also kept us constantly updated on our altitude, ground speed, and estimated time of arrival.

The part of the journey that seemed longest was the layover in Honolulu. Time-wise it wasn't bad, but by then it was 10:00 p.m. Amarillo time. We had been travelling for 14 hours now, and we were starting to show the wear. We had to switch from Continental to Hawaiian Airlines, which meant changing from assigned seats to open seating. Consequently we had to stand in a long line. The line formed by a window that was in direct sunlight, so it got hot quickly. We took turns sitting in the shade while the other held our place in line. That helped some. Eventually we boarded and started the last leg of our trip to Kona.

This flight was exciting. We flew over Oahu and Maui along with some other islands that appeared uninhabited. It was awesome to watch waves crashing on the high rock cliffs that lined the ocean, tossing spray high into the air. It was a short flight, only 30 minutes in the air.

 

 


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