(not chicken or fish, but the use of a ship’s lifeboats to ferry passengers to/from shore at a port where there is either no good dock or a shallow bay).
I really don’t like tendering. It isn’t that I dislike the lifeboats per se. It is more than now, even more than over the last decade, that I don’t appreciate being crammed in with a bunch of strangers. Even when there is a nice, stiff breeze blowing through. The trip in this morning to Kailua-Kona was actually fairly smooth, all things considered. Much better, in fact, than the last time I was here.
Dani and I walked through a portion of the town, then up the hill to Kona Coffee & Tea where we met Aubrey
she belongs to the owner of the coffee shop. Just over a year old, she was more than pleased to have someone adore her.
Post coffee and mint tea, both iced thank you very much, we walked back down the hill and through a number of shops which featured just about what you would expect of tourist goods. In the main ones, nothing was locally made. Dani noted signs to the local quilt shop which we found in a local center not off a main road.
There were patterns, fabrics, kits…. and for the non quilters – this apparently is also the local knitting shop
with a great selection of yarns, patterns, and notions. We actually spent a fair amount of time looking around. There was a quilt pattern that I really liked, but they were out of stock of both pattern and kits. I picked up two skeins of floss from the DMC carousel, a skirt pattern and was sorely tempted by a different quilt pattern as well.
After more wandering around – I headed back to the ship =
and enjoyed a quiet afternoon in the air conditioning. To quote the usual – it isn’t the heat, it is the humidity….
The last tender is due back right about now, then I think we are sailing out around 1800… We are using one of my two specialty restaurant vouchers tonight….