Day 1 - At LAX waiting to broad the plane. It's been 10 yaers since I been to the islands and this will be my first time on Kauai.
Off the ground and leaving LA behind.
A short time after take off we were flying past Point Dume.
Clouds from 35,000'. Most people would have gotten bored looking out of the window on a flight over the ocean, but the ever changing cloud formations had me looking for hours.
After flying over water for about six hours, we finally saw land. It was the west end of Oahu.
While on our landing approach, the plane's shadow created a glory on the cloud.
At the Lihue Airport on Kauai we saw our first of many rainbows here.
I saw this rooster at the airport while getting the car, didn't think much of it at the time.
This is the condo we stayed at in Kapaa, we had the upper floor of the two story. The place was twice as big as my apt.
The view of the ocean from the living room.
A view of the beach from the balcony.
The beach out front.
Coconut plam. There was a strong wind blowing on the east side of the island the whole time we were there. The wind was calm on most of the other areas of the island.
Found a lot of these on the lawn around the condos. They are baby coconuts, the high winds knocked them out of the trees.
A hen with a bunch of chicks. This is at the condo. We also saw a lot of chickens off the highway getting here. The island has wild chickens all over the place.
Day 2 - On our way to check out Waimea Canyon, we took a side trip to see Wailua Falls. These are the falls that they showed at the start of the Fantasy Island tv show.
This is our first look into the lower part of Waimea Canyon.
Looking down the canyon.
Me at the canyon. Photo by Helen
This 20 foot waterfall was just off the road.
Helen and I at the Waimea Canyon Lookout. You can tell by Helen's hair that the wind is blowing hard here.
The upper part of Waimea Canyon looks a lot like the Grand Canyon, just greener.
A lot greener.
Looking down into the canyon. We had planned to do a hike into the canyon but never got around to doing it.
When we pulled into the Puu Hinahina Lookout we were met by about 50 chickens.
Helen feeding one of the roosters.
A hen showed up with a bunch of chicks. Photo by Helen
Caught one for a photo.
After playing with the chickens, we drove up to Kalalau Lookout. Great view from here. There was one more lookout a mile up this road, but the road was closed at this point.
We looked around for awhile before driving back down. We will return to this area in five days. We plan to start our hike to the Alakai Swamp from here.
Back at the condo. Helen trying some sugar cane that I picked from one of the cane fields that we past on the drive back.
Day 3 - Crossing a bridge on the way to the road's end on the north shore. Cool looking trees. We are heading to Kee Beach to hike the Kalalau Trail. Photo by Helen
Crossing one of the many one lane bridges on this road. It was raining off and on as we drove to the start of todays hike. Photo by Helen
We stopped at the Dry Cave which is just off the road for a quick look.
Looking out from the inside of the cave.
Me at the end of the cave. Photo by Helen
Back at the entrance looking out.
Kee Beach where the Kalalau Trail starts
Helen and I at the Kalalau Trailhead. The plan is to hike two miles to Hanakapiai Beach, then two more miles up Hanakapiai Canyon to a waterfall.
This is at the trailhead.
Last week I was hiking in the desert of Joshua Tree, now this!!! Photo by Helen
It rained the night before, so the trail was muddy. The dirt here has a lot of clay in it, very slippery.
Looking back on Kee Beach.
This trail is on the north side of the island which is the rainy side. The rain the night before made the trail muddy.
Graffiti plant. This is the only graffiti we saw on the whole island.
Kee Beach from higher up the trail.
There wasn't many flowers on this trail, but there were a few of these.
Helen makes her way around one of the many mud puddles along the trail.