Saturday, February 19, 2011

Kauai Recap - lots o' photos

So the very first thing you need to know about Kauai is that - forget having any kind of hairstyle. Just. Forget. It.  We only kiss when the Packers win the super bowl ...really.  ;) 

The other thing to know is that if you wear anything from your home state - ie college, sports etc - You will see more people from your home state than you will see Hawaiians.  These kind folks partied with us in the open sports bar a block off the ocean.  Surreal - watching the super bowl at 2:00 in the afternoon with the ocean breezes and the sounds of waves crashing.  (Until the yelling got so loud, you don't hear anything else!)

Want to talk some more surreal?  Looking out your hotel balconey and seeing this.  I hadn't see outside the night before because we had gotten into our room after dark.  Kauai has one main port for the big ships and our hotel was on that bay.

I know!  For fun let's take a drive up to Waimea Canyon somewhat hung over and drive through hairpin curves with drop offs like this!  I was actually just fine, because like a good girl - I quite drinking in the third quarter and had a little bite to eat before going to bed.  Hmmm...Hubby not so much.  Such a trooper to be my tour guide!

Is that a happy face or what?

These are the kind of views you'll get when you go up the canyon.

After a tasty lunch - we headed to the Kekeha Beach on the west side up the road from the canyon.  Did not expect Scott to like the beach.  He loved the power of the waves and watching the surfers.

You go girl!
These people were the best in shape people I have ever seen in my life!
Now it was off to Spouting Horn. This is the view up the coast from the horn.
This is the famous Spouting Horn.  It's kinda hokie, but ya gotta go see it. 

The gardens at the resort were beautiful.  It's not even the flowering season.

so beautiful!
Tuesday was Photo Tour Day from Kauai Photo Tours.  Levi was our guide - fantastic tour and guide!  We saw spots that we never would have seen.  Here are some of the photos.
Should have used my tripod for this one!
Do you see Kong?
Yes, the water is that blue!
You could spend your whole vacation at a different beach each day.  We didn't though - here's a brief recap of our week:
Sunday - Super Bowl - enough said.
Monday - Waimea Canyon, Kekeha Beach, Spouting Horn
Tuesday - Photo Tour
Wednesday - Scott golfed and I read two books in the shade in between the pool and the ocean - so nice!
Thursday & Friday - Snorkeling - Swam with a Turtle! 
Saturday - Just toured the island in the car - checked out the Kauai Coffee Plantation - the only day it rained out.  Left that night at 9:45 - got back to the cities at 12:00 - soooooo tired! 
Food, food and more food!  Big breakfasts, great shrimp dishes from road side stands, fish tacos, lovely 5 star meals at night -
We want to go back to - snorkel more, learn how to boogie board, paddle surf, go zip lining, take a boat cruise to see the dolphins and whales and the Napali coast, spend more time at the beaches.
You can rent condos - totally the way to go if you can have another couple go in on it with you.  That way, you can cook in more - share the cost of the rental car.  We really want to bring Max there.  We kept saying how much he would really enjoy it!  If you can swing it - totally go!  (We had a family timeshare and very generous points from the inlaws for our airfare - so it worked slick for us - still stinkin' expensive though!)

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