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Top 20 U.S. Mega Airports - Best & Worst
Howdy and a big Sunday hello to you!
So, I'm sure you've noticed by now, our announcement at the top of our blog page for the past two days about how our blog was ranked #7 out of 100 Mom Blogs by Brand Ballot!!!
We are over the moon with this and cannot stop talking about it!!
And what's more - there is so much more exciting stuff on the horizon that we will be doing in the coming year, so don't miss your daily dose of Tanya and me!
It's one of those days today - I have morning appointments to go look at new houses - yay!!
I'll get more into that another day, but suffice it to say, the whole experience is so bittersweet - selling the house that has been my home for 20 years; the place where my girls were born; and knowing a part of my life is truly over.
On the other hand, it will be such a relief to get into smaller quarters; less cleaning; lower maintenance and a fresh start to create a whole new life and new memories with me and my daughters.
Moving on...I thought you would find this article interesting ... from one of my absolute favorite travel magazines - Afar.
These North American Airports Rank Best (and Worst) in Passenger Satisfaction
Not to be a spoiler, but, Orlando International Airport tied with Las Vegas McCarran International Airport for the highest-ranked mega airport in North America.
The article is based on a new study released by J.D. Power last week and was based on participants' rating the airports on several factors, including their check-in experience; food, beverage, and retail; accessibility; terminal facilities; and the baggage claim.
Read more to find out the ranking of all 20 airports listed in the survey!
Ok - I'm off to see some houses!
Have a blessed Sunday!!!
My Favorite part of Maui
Hey Guys GREETINGS once again and Aloha from none other than the island of Maui!
We are having such a delightful visit and a wonderful vacation with my sister Jet, her baby daddy Andrew and my niece Chaplin - who I do believe is having the time of her life!
She may only be 7, but she's been wanting to come to Hawaii for years and when I asked her if it is everything that she imagined her answer was "it's better than I could ever imagine!" isn't that just the sweetest?!
This morning instead of sitting out on my balcony writing the blog, I'm poolside enjoying the sound of the water features and the amazing views that this oceanfront property offers.
The air is just perfect and I'm under an umbrella which is dual purpose - keeping me in the shade and saving me from the glare from my computer screen.
We really didn't have much of a chance to come down and enjoy the pool yesterday since our day was all about THE ROAD TO HANA - my favorite place on this island. To make myself clear I do mean the amazingly scenic drive - not Hana itself.
In order to get a good and full day in I strongly suggest leaving as early as you are comfortable with. Yesterday for my sis and gang that wasn't until 9am.
It is about a 3h drive to Hana from where we are staying and that is without any stops...but why would you not make lots of stops along the way. To me the stops and the views are what it's all about.
I didn't stress over us leaving at 9a, because we do this drive each and every visit. Plus I suppose the main reason was that The Pools of ‘Ohe’o AKA Seven Sacred Pools are CLOSED indefinitely due to safety concerns with landslides. And that was the main highlight of my visit this time around.
But oh well - safety is safety and safety always comes first in my book.
So the 9a start time was okay by me (this time LOL). And off we went...
Along the way and before the actual Road to Hana started, we had stopped at Ho'okipa Beach for a fruit stand and then to take pictures before the actual "drive" began. Funny thing was that since Andrew had never been and since these locations were on Hana Hwy he thought this was The Road to Hana. Little did he know what he was in for! LOL
And then a few more miles down the road we would see mile marker 0 and that meant that we were then on The Road to Hana.
The beautiful yet twisting and turning Road to Hana.
Pictures will never do this special place justice, but I take them anyhow...
Our first waterfall stop Waikani would be around mile marker 11 - keep in mind that the speed limit is pretty much 15MPH - so it's slow going.
The water was so inviting that there were cliff jumpers, rope swingers, and of course swimmers.
The kids asked if they could take a dip. As they say When in Rome. I said "When in Maui!"
I think this experience was one of the kids favorites and the memory will stay with them forever-more.
Once they had dried off, we were on our way yet again. Next stop Keane Arboretum.
It was beautiful there and the scents were amazing - but really where isn't it beautiful along this drive.
The next stop was one that we make each and every time we do this drive. It is always highly anticipated and so freakin' delicious!
Another really beautiful and unique stop is Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.
We eventually made it to Hana, but didn't really spent much time there. Jet had wanted to be sure that we all got off the winding road before sundown. I made sure to get a postcard off to Dave. But then it was already almost 5pm and time to turn-around and head back toward Kaanapali.
All that driving caused Andrew's back to get sore, so I don't think they will be going back out there on their next visit.
As for us, we'll be back next time around!
Oh well that's about where I'm wrapping it up for today.
We are off to Lahaina and then to the Old Lahaina Luau which we had sooooo much fun at last time!
Old Lahaina Luau