From: Peter A. Bandettini
On Friday, April 26, my wife Patricia and I (and of course the kids) took an island hopper from Honolulu with our friend Eric Wong and his student Guo Jia (Tim) to Kauai. The he sight of us checking into an airport is amusing. We had four huge bags to check (two large Samsonite bags and two large duffel bags), four rather large carry-on bags, and two child car seats – two mountains of luggage and two kids in a double stroller. The flight and the minivan pickup was incredibly easy. We quickly drove up to Princeville, dropped off our stuff at the condo, and made a quick drive to Hanalei to pick up some supplies for the trail: water, sesame squares from Papaya grocery (indispensable on this trip!), and a few things for dinner and breakfast, and had dinner back at the condo. I was starting to really feel worse from the cold I had just caught that day. Lucas was not feeling well that evening – so Patricia and I had not much sleep. Nevertheless, at 5 AM the next morning, I was ready to go!