Monday, August 14, 2006 –
Sometimes there is nothing like a vacation to celebrate a key milestone and close out a transitional period in life. The previous Friday I finished my final exams and Dad came to the University of Alabama to help me move the big things out of my apartment. After packing up my small things that evening, I woke up on Saturday and went to Coleman Coliseum for my 9 a.m. graduation ceremony. After receiving my newly minted journalism degree, we left Tuscaloosa to celebrate that evening back in Birmingham.
After packing and driving to Atlanta on Sunday, we went to bed early. We woke up early this morning and drove to Hartsfield International Airport. We left on Delta at 7 a.m. for Salt Lake City. Then we flew around 12:30 p.m. for Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, arriving around 3 p.m. We picked up our rental car from Hertz. Mom had Marriott Rewards, so we stayed at the Marriott Waikoloa on the sunny Kohala Coast of the Big Island.
After checking into our hotel, Dad and I went to the beach and the pool. That evening we went to the Kings Shops section of Waikoloa for dinner. Around 8:30 p.m. we drove to the airport and picked Jeff up. He had been in Hawaii for about a week and was coming from – of all places – a leper colony on the island of Molokai via Honolulu. We welcomed “the leper” with open arms that evening!