Iraq, The Story Unfolds -- 15 Days of Rest

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

This is to follow on with my last blog about my tour here in Iraq.  I hve decided what to do for my period of leave.  If you have not been following and don't know about the military leave program, basically if you are deploying here for over 270 days you get a 15 day leave to go home and spend time with the family.  I originally stated that my wife was really wanting to go to the beach and I was wanting to do nothing more than relax at the house.  Understaning that there will probably be multiple people wanting to come visit, and wanting me to visit them, me and my wife decided that a get-a-way vacation would probably be best.  (To my family that reads this, dont worry I'm still going to come visit). 

I have made reservations to go to Hawaii.  Thats right, what we originally planned to be just a simple trip to the beach to get away turned into a major trip to Kauai, Hawaii.  I booked through expedia and for the exchange of price we ended up stuck on 18 hours of transit to get there, for about $400 less dollars.  Im not really happy abou tthis as I will be spending about 20 hours in transit from Iraq to the States, the several days later another 18 hours to get to Hawaii and then the return trips to get back, but it will be worth it.  I reserved a decent hotel "Sheraton Kauai Resort" for 5 nights, and also a rental car to get around.  I really look forward to this. 

My only problem now is trying to figure out what we will be doing once we get there.  If there is anyone out there that is familiar with Kauai and has any recommendations let me know.  I already plan on a few things, snorkeling, swimming, checking out some lagoon that is close by, but havent really had alot of time to research the area for other fun or romantic activities.  Especially since this will be for our one year anniversary. 

This trip will eat up about one week of my time still leaving plenty of time for my family, friends, and finally a little rest. 

As always thanks to those that are supporting us over here, and I'll see you all in the next blog.

Nicholas S. Bush

Realtor®, Total Auction and Realty LLC

IJANGO Representative


Comments (6)

Dave Wierzbicki
RE/Act Real Estate Coaching System - Reading, PA
RE/Act Real Estate Coaching System

First, Thank you for your service to our country and God bless you and your family


2nd, Kauai is agreat place and there are many things you can do while.  I believe the Hawaii Grand Canyon is on Kauai and several other natural parks all of which represent tour opportunities.

Seek out a rain forest hike.  On Maui they have Hike Maui, I'm sure they have the same on Kauai, great you and nature type walk except the nature in Hawaii is unlike any other, waterfalls, natural lagoons, sea turtles.   Without question take a Blue Chopper helicopter tour, little pricey but will take your breath away.  Most hotels have very romantic grounds to walk on and great R&R with the wife

don't take a phone

Aug 12, 2009 02:42 AM
Judy Jennings
Top Agent Plus - Middleboro, MA
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Nicholas - That is fantastic. Hawaii is beautiful. Hopefully one of the AR Hawaiian residents will respond to your inquiry about what to do on Kauai. Have a wonderful and much deserved vacation.

Aug 12, 2009 04:43 AM
Carol Smith
Casmi Photography - Mebane, NC

Nicholas - you should email Sally Cheeseman.  She is a Realtor in Hawaii and a all around great person.  She's really a great lady.  You can get her info here.  Enjoy your vacation in Hawaii!  It will certainly be something to remember.  Stay safe.  :)

Aug 12, 2009 03:16 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Nicholas, now that is a wonderful trip to the beach!  And I was going to suggest Sally, too. 

Aug 14, 2009 01:41 AM
Dianne Deming
RE/MAX Realty Group - Rehoboth Beach, DE

Nicholas, great idea!  I'm sure your wife will appreciate the opportunity to get AWAY from the house she's been stuck alone in the whole time you've been away, and this way she won't have to share you with anyone for a week.  And concerning the travel time, look at it as a great opportunity to get "caught up" with your best friend.  Have a wonderful trip!

Aug 15, 2009 09:02 AM
Donna J. Stephens
BHHS Ambassador Real Estate - Omaha, NE

Awww,,,, the flower island

When it rains on one side of the island, drive to the other side and enjoy the beach!

We were there 12 years ago for our 25th anniversary. We snorkeled, took a helicopter tour of the many waterfalls on the island, visited a plantation, and saw some authentic light houses.

The day we took our helicopter ride it was rainy. I was disappointed until we got up in the air and saw hundreds of rainbows! Awesome experience!

Just drive around the island and enjoy it. Have a blessed holiday! You deserve it!

Oct 03, 2009 02:55 PM