I was invited to visit Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona for work. I flew on Southwest Airlines for the first time in many years and this was my first time flying this airline while in Hawaii. I love that passengers are allowed two free bags since I’m planning to make a Trader Joe’s stop. I caught the 6:20 am flight from ITO to HNL and the boarding process was smooth and efficient. The flight was not full so everyone who wanted could have a row all to themselves. A drink and a small snack mix were passed out on the flight. The flight to Phoenix was full so there were no empty rows to enjoy. Since Southwest does not serve a meal, I picked up a hummus and olives bento box from the airport that would go well with the vodka tonic I planned to enjoy on the flight. There was a variety of free movies to choose from and I really enjoyed watching King Richard.
I stayed at the Hilton Phoenix Tapatio Cliffs Resort where I had prepared by ordering a case of bottled water in advance to be delivered to the hotel from Amazon so that I wouldn’t have to worry about buying water from the convenience store. This was such a great move. The water and snacks were already in my room when I checked in. During the couple of work days I had at Grand Canyon University, the weather was crisp and in the high 50s with wind, rain, and hail. After a day of workshops and a networking dinner, I had time to visit Trader Joe’s before they closed at 9 pm. I picked up all kinds of crackers, nuts, salt, cheese, and treats. I really took advantage of Southwest’s policy of allowing two free bags. I even bought a Trader Joe’s salad for me to take on the plane.
The evening before flying home. I met up with my pals Jon and Sheri and their kids and they took me to a Phoenix Suns game! What an exciting game with a sold-out crowd. I made the most of my time in Phoenix before flying home on another sold-out flight from PHX to HNL. I watched Creed on the way home which helped me pass the time before getting home. Living Hilo Style in Phoenix, Arizona.