Kauai Adventures: Can you ever forgive me?

Dear Duke,
Greetings and salutations! I hope all is well. We haven’t spoken since our Kauai trip. My real life work has been keeping me busy and I have not gotten a chance to do our adventure recaps. Can you ever forgive me?
I do remember our first day on Kauai like it was yesterday. I was bragging to my family that while they would be suffering extreme wetness, we’ll be on the beach, enjoying our maintains and warm sunny weather. But as luck would have it, our first day was met by a series of unfortunate events. Not to be dramatic but I believe it was almost karmic that our day required us to wear raincoats. I remember standing there in the pouring rain at the car rental, watching this lovely old couple take the last SUV on the lot. We had to wait quite a while to finally get a decent vehicle. I use the word “decent” loosely. Our sporty white Jeep had a busted tail light. And although I distinctly remember that we have forgotten to explicitly have that in writing, I knew it was going to come back to bite us. I should have implored you to turn around. Can you ever forgive me?
After a quick shopping excursion at Wal-Mart, we headed straight to our condo. It was almost comical how self-assured we were that “we” felt like we didn’t need to stop by the front desk to ask for directions. It seemed like we circled the entire island looking for our condo. Had we stopped by the front desk, we’d have realized that our building was right next door. I should have protested more. Can you ever forgive me?
We were all hungry at this point and I was thankful that our condo was right next to the main shopping area in Kapaa. After having a quick bite at Chicken and a Barrel, I just had to stop by next door and get some shave ice. It did make me wonder if I took too long.
You wanted to go to Kilauea Lighthouse in the Northshore thinking it would still be open. Unfortunately, we got there too late and found out that the Lighthouse was no longer in commission. So we left Kilauea and headed north towards Princeville. We were met by heavy traffic and darkness at this point. Due to the flash flood last year, some roads were still closed. I still can’t help but wonder if I hadn’t stopped for some shave ice everything would have turned out differently for us. Can you ever forgive me?
So we decided to turn around and head back and maybe check out a local bar not too far from our condo. But as luck would have it, we got there a little too late. I should have insisted that we skip Princeville and save it for another day. I didn’t appeal to your better judgment. Can you ever forgive me?
The itinerary for the second day was jam-packed if I remember correctly. I’m sorry you had to bunk with Massimo. Can you ever forgive me?
Always,
DT

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