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French Polynesia in the rain – 2/4/2023

I’m a bit tardy in posting this so here goes!

When should you be really happy you are not traveling with any children? When you are on an island in a hotel and it rains all day – as in buckets down! This was one day on Bora Bora. It rained so hard we couldn’t see the island across the water.

That was only one day.  Other days ranged from hot and humid on Tahiti to drizzly and humid to cloudy and humid.  Get the general weather idea??

Raining in the pool.

We wanted to go to the city market in Papeete but it was closed the week between New Year’s and Epiphany so Mark had to settle for finding a lovely lady in men’s shop who took his shorts home over lunch to fix a torn hem. We enjoyed some micro-brewed beer and lunch while it rained hard – good beer!

Raining while we ate breakfast. The hotel had umbrellas everywhere to use!
With no light pollution, the stars and planets were gorgeous on the clear nights.

We had no problem flying to Bora Bora and enjoyed 10 days at Le Bora Bora resort.    We flew back to Tahiti a day before we were due to fly to San Francisco and Denver; we spent the night at a Hilton about 10 minutes from the airport with the biggest pool in FP. The pool was great and the hotel was across the street from a huge grocery store. (We get excited about finding grocery stores bigger than 7-11.)

View of Bora Bora from the plane

Now was time for the next weather problem. In all the plane flights on this trip (14 so far) with many of them having a chance for bad weather delays on one end or another, we had no problems.  When it’s time to fly to Denver, spend one night in FC, drive back to the DEN airport, meet Liz (Iowa friend), spend the night, and fly with her to Maui, a snowstorm pops up with snow predictions from 5 to 12 inches.

Decision time. After consulting with various weather services, texting and talking to Liz because Iowa would be impacted a day AFTER Denver, we decided to see if United would change our flights to fly SFO to Maui and we just wouldn’t go home.  We have swim suits with us so all is well, right? United already offered Liz the choice to change her flight by a day.  She just needed to get to the airport for a 5 AM flight!

No problem with United. We just needed to cancel one hotel in Denver, get another hotel by the SF airport, get a hotel in Maui for one night before we picked up Liz in Maui,  change a car reservation, and  reschedule a doctor’s appointment. It all worked out fine in the end!

That’s the tale of getting to Maui where the weather is perfect so far and no snow is rearing its ugly head.  Thank heavens we bought a few t-shirts along the way because I’m getting mighty tired of the same clothes!

On Maui enjoying sunset after 5 days of rain showers and clouds.
When you go to Maui, Costco is a necessary stop. I guess they were trying to make us eat healthier by putting the Maui Chips in no-man’s-land. Fortunately, Mark has long arms. Another lady was happy too!