Monday, April 4, 2011

Our Kauai Vacation

What a great 2 week vacation we had. Our wonderful friends, who moved to Kauai 2 years ago, wouldn't hear of us staying anywhere, but with them. They both work, but were able to take time off, so we got to see the most amazing places, where tourist never go.

This first picture is of DH and myself at Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. We all got up early and beat all the tourist there ;-)

This picture was taken from the light house, the northern most point of the island. A sanctuary for sea turtles and albatross.

One of the great things we all did was go on a helicopter ride. The pilot said it was a perfect day because the skies were clear and there was hardly any wind ( almost never happens). We were able to hover right next to water falls, so sacred, it brought everyone to tears!!

NSV: I was put in the middle front seat because I had less weight! GREAT VIEW!!!!

This is a picture of the Napali Coast. Only accessible by boat or foot---scary high wall trails that hang on the cliffs.

These are 2 pictures of Mahalopuu, a very sacred healing place for the Hawaiians. Look how beautiful the water is!

NSV: I was able to hike about a mile out to this amazing place which couldn't of happened, a year or so ago , because of my feet and knee's.

Beautiful waves at Hanalei Bay, inspired-- "Puff the Magic dragon lived by the sea and frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called Hanalei", by Peter, Paul and Mary.

Our vacation was soooo much more, bon fires on the beach, snorkeling, wonderful home cooked dinners, FRESH FISH, fine wine, umbrella drinks, sunsets, sunrises, sacred places and their "story", waterfalls everywhere-- 24-- all at once and yes a tsunami.

The earth quake and ensuing tsunami were a little unnerving. It's extra weird to be out of your own element when things like this occur. We fortunately were staying at around, 1,000ft elevation. But everyone on the whole island had to be evacuated up to higher elevations for around 12 hrs. Then all the roads were closed. You can only imagine the tsunami sirens that went off every 1/2 hr in the middle of the night and the tasks of getting everyone out of their hotel rooms and into their rental cars, looking for a place to park and sleep. There was no real damage on Kauai---LUCKY!!!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH beautiful Kauai---it already seems like just a dream!!

Thanks Rollercoaster Sandy!!!!


Rachel said...

It sounds great and Kaui is breath taking...Definitely a bucket list item (somewhere incredible to visit within one's lifetime). I'm glad you had fun...and great NSVs...

Jacquie said...

So happy you had a great time! We are leaving for HI next Wed and will be in Kauai for 2 of the 10 days we are there!

Alexis said...

This looks so amazing! Kauai is HIGH on my list of the places I want to travel to :)

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

Wow, those pictures are amazing! You look terrific and I'm so glad for all of your NSV's. Also glad you were all safe, how scary! What a wonderful experience, I've never been, but I hope to soon!

Debi said...

Darlin 1, you are sooo lucky to have friends like that!! I got to visit Kauai two times and I remember it being just as beautiful as your pictures! I can't wait to go back this year!

Sandy Lee said...

So glad you had a great time. The photos are amazing and so do you!

Band Groupie said...

Amazing photos and you look great (love the NSV's). Puff...great story! Thanks for sharing!