Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Kauai 2 - Day at the Beach (Sun 06/13/2010

Today we woke up sore after hiking the day before. So, a day relaxing at the beach is just what we needed! Our condo is located on the south side of the island on Poipu Beach. We just headed down the walkway found a spot in the sand and caught rays and waves all day!

 We took a break mid day and came in for a quick lunch and then headed back down to the beach! By five o'clock we had our fill of sun and sand. After cleaning up we drove down the street to a new little village of shops and restaurants. We grabbed a bite at Merriman's. I had a black bean burger, it was good just needed a little more flavor. After dinner we walked around the shops until it started pouring down rain. It was so wonderful going to bed hearing and smelling the rain.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kauai Day 1 - (Sat 06/12/2010)

Today was our first full day on the island. After breakfast we headed to north side of the island. We stopped in Hanalei first to check out a farmer's market and arrived just in time. It opens at 9:30 and people were lined up. At the market we picked up some organic lettuce, a cucumber, papaya, lychee nuts, local honey(my son has a thing for honey) and a coconut.
 We packed it all in our cooler and head to Kee Beach located at the end of the road. Before hanging out at the beach we put our tennis shoes on and did some hiking. At this beach is the beginning of the Na Pali Coast with an 11 mile hiking trail up and around the mountain. The trail is called Kalalau Trail,we only hiked 4 miles in (8 miles round trip). The view from the mountain was breathtaking!
 After our long hike we grabbed our stuff and headed to the beach. Even from the beach the views of the Na Pali coast are exquisite. The Thornbirds and Lord of the Flies were filmed at this beach. Kee Beach has a reef that creates a calm lagoon which is great for snorkeling.
 After a couple house at the beach we were on the road again. On the way back we stopped in Hanalei again for some shaved ice. I just love this little town(I could live here)! While we ate our shaved ice a band started playing in the grass. It was such a community feeling as people were drawn to the music and started dancing on the lawn or just hang out and listen. Once we got back to our condo the activities of the day hit us and were exhausted! Another early night to get ready for another day of adventure.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Tech Issues

I wanted to post daily updates about my Kauai adventure, but I am unable to insert pics. We only brought the iPad and I just can't figure it out! So, going to have to wait until I get back to the mainland!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hawaii, Finally!

I know it has been awhile since I have blogged, but I have been crazy busy at work finishing up projects before I leave for my Hawaiian vacation! It has all been worth it as we woke up at the crack of dawn this morning for our first full day in Kauai. As the sun rose we made our coffee and sat out on the lanai. Waiting to wish us good morning was a gorgeous rainbow. You could see the full arc of the rainbow and hear the birds chirping. By the time we reached coherency and thought to get the camera the rainbow had faded, so no pic this morning. But,we have 9 more days here with no plans! It is an awesome feeling to be able to wake up each day in paradise with no alarm clock and plan that day's adventure. Today we are going to head to the other side of the island and check out a local farmers market and a beach or two! I promise to have pics for the next post!