Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Three Days in Kauai: Day Two


On day two of my trip to Kauai to defend Hawaii's honor, I woke up to the ocean.  Who can fail to be delighted when you wake up to this view?

Today I was heading north, so it was off to the Kilauea Lighthouse. 

The road to Hanalei Bay is a gorgeous trip all on its own, reminding me again and again why Kauai is the Garden Isle. 

There are one lane bridges (like the southern part of New Zealand!) and gorgeous scenery around every corner.  I kept driving, past the beaches, the dry cave and wet cave...

...all the way out to the end of the road (you know you're there when you drive your car through a stream).  At the very end is Ke'e Beach - which was closed due to high surf (24 foot faces!).  The lifeguard had a bullhorn and he was not afraid to use it if you dipped a toe in the water.  (When they tell you the beaches are closed on Kauai, you listen to them.  I heard on the radio that someone was swept out to sea that day and that is not the first time tourists have drowned this year because they didn't respect Kauai's crazy waves and rip tides.) 

Luckily, we hadn't had much rain recently, so the MOST AMAZING HIKING TRAIL IN THE WORLD was nice and dry.  I scrambled up the Kalalau Trail wending along the Napali coast line (like a tropical Cinque Terra), loving every glorious second of it.

Then it was back down to Hanalei for dinner and a North Shore sunset before heading back to the hotel for a Mai Tai by the hot tub.  Tomorrow, Kapa'a, Nawiliwili, and the Wailua River!

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