So, The Beloved has a couple of friends from grad school that usually try to have a "girls weekend" somewhere fun. This year one of the pals is celebrating a milestone birthday and so wanted to do something special.
It was decided early on that this trip wouldn't be just a girls weekend, but would be a big getaway with everyone — family included. So, many things were batted around and the decision was made to go to Hawaii this coming June.
And so, the search for the house was on that could accommodate five adults and two teen-ish kids. And which island? We decided on going to the Big Island for a couple of reasons — a) The Beloved and I had had our first real getaway to Kauai about five years ago (so we thought we'd go somewhere else), and b) we thought that having volcanoes nearby would be interesting to the kids — not to mention the houseful of chemistry PhD's!
We decided to go all-out and rent this house on the Kona side of the Big Island. It looks like a movie set to me and seems pretty spectacular.
There was a bit of a scare that while we were getting the lease paperwork done, the leasing agent screwed up the price — and our getting the house seemed in peril. Fortunately, the Beloved's friend is a tough negotiator and so on top of two weeks in Hawaii, we're getting the house for a third-off. Woo!
Now I just have to start stockpiling SPF635 sunscreen and working on the house mai-tai recipe!