The landscape was more breathtaking than I had remembered, and the serenity more piercing. But, as the era of Covid has continually proven, modern-day travel is still filled with many road bumps and unknowns.
The first of these–albeit small–challenges began with travel from the mainland U.S. My flight was delayed an entire day due to insufficient staffing at the Seattle airport; right now, lack of staffing in many work sectors is one of the larger casualties of war that Covid has bestowed upon society. After two full days of travel and an extended stay in the Pacific Northwest, I finally touched down in Lihue, Kauai’s capital. When I arrived, Matt [Meisenheimer] was finishing a scouting mission in Waimea Canyon.