Today’s weather forecast changed our plans, the hike has been delayed … and we did some more beach-hopping. First was a beach not far from our resort … in this one I stayed by myself a bit and went for a dip … the water was warm, clear, shallow (static) and waves with power (dynamic):
Then Secret Beach … which was striking, colorful and powerful and spacious:
From there to the Kilauea lighthouse:
… and another beach (I’m not really keeping track of names of places!) … this one with what looked like some prime green real-estate … a local complained to us that the real-estate owners were cutting down trees neat the beach to open up their view from the nearbye hills to the open sea!
I’ll let the images do the talking:
and another beach … with a volleyball competition
and a sunset (on the west side of the island)
Today we took it easier … checked out a few local beaches and did a bit of scouting in preparation for tomorrow’s hike.
Had a look around the resort we are staying at … dominated by a golf course (that is woven between numerous resorts) … it is new to me … so at the same time both very impressive (so much green) and so not-of-my-world … its strange to me to see holes torn into the ground for play!
We checked out a few nearby beaches
The main event of the day was Queen’s Bath … which starts with a trail owned by the roots of the trees that line it:
then the sound of water flowing kicks in and we came across this waterfall which feeds into a pool (which supposedly is the queen’s)
which continues to flow down towards the ocean ..
soon the trees start to give way to a view of the ocean
… and then everything opens up
First hike in Kauai in Waimea Canyon 🙂 we started by driving 3/4 around the island clockwise and stopped at a view vantage points to get an overview of the area we would be hiking:
The top of the waterfall in the top-left hand corner was our destination (which means that we would not really see the waterfall itself) … and hiking began 🙂
There are beautiful free-grazing chickens all over the island!
There was an almost constant sound of helicopters buzzing through the valley (we will be in an open-door one on Friday).
Near the end of the trail there was a T junction … one led to the edge of the waterfall:
The other led to a pond and smaller waterfall:
And then we started back … first by foot
and then by car enjoying the beautiful colors of a setting sun:
I am near Philadelphia for 3 days, visiting with my sister on my way to ~3 weeks in Hawaii.
On the morning of my first day here I was greeted with a surprise snow-storm-ish … which later become a sunny day. My sister and I hung out together, did some light shopping and a movie.
Today, with freezing temperatures outside, we visited Longwood Gardens. It was too cold and windy to enjoy the vast open gardens so we settled for the impressive conservatorium with a warm and inviting climate and an abundance of colors with a seasonal orchid presentation: