The only place where people actually mean aloha when they say "aloha"
Hello Reality! Kauai was AMAZING! My new favorite Hawaiian island. Nothing to do. Nowhere to go. But bask in your beauty! Here’s to a week of musing about my vacation.
This year and certainly this trip was all about facing fears. A quick list: giant water slides, zip lining, snorkeling, hiking, commitment and separation. To sum it up, Kauai was everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong. Everything that could’ve been better, was perfect. My patience was tested. My presence was challenged. For the first several days, I felt so angry about the unfinished escrow business I had to deal with, the waits, the phone calls, the wasted time, and the plane delays! Did I mention the plane delays? Ugh!
Nothing a little sun and love couldn’t solve. We celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary and renewed our commitment. I don’t know whether I was just struck by cupid’s arrow or was love struck by Hawaii’s beauty, but everywhere I looked, I saw hearts in the sky, in the ocean, on the land, on the beach, in people’s eyes.
I knew this was gonna be the best trip ever! See the hearts?
Love comes in all shapes and sizes
You can even find love even when you feel gray.
Two hearts joined together.
A trip to Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, swept my breath away and along with it all the worries of the world. I could’ve spent days at this grandeur place of beauty, looking for my jaw for it dropped way off my mouth. It truly is a dramatic sight to behold and the pictures just don’t do it justice. We barely covered this place on foot with a 2 hour hike from the top of the mountain at 3,500 ft. And they had camping grounds here! Oh! How I wished time stood still for me to sleep under the canopy of trees and hear the ocean roar from the distance.
The ride to Waimea
I wanna hug these trees
See the heart in the Canyon? See the white line thru the center? It's a water fall! Oh Kauai, my heart cries for you!
A sure beauty to behold
The lucky people who live at the bottom of the canyon
My favorite spot: Napali coast seen from the top of Waimea. There is no separation between ocean and sky. I wish I could float around on these clouds.
Our hike down the mountain
I went for the ride of my life on a zip line tour and was tickled that there was someone else there more afraid than I was Snorkeling was interesting as the tides were pretty rough during the afternoon. I couldn’t sneak in a swim lesson before we left so I was a little nervous about stepping into the ocean’s womb. The first humuhumunukunukuapua’a (that’s not a mispelling… it’s the Hawaiian state fish) fish I saw reminded me that I could breathe thru the snorkel mask. Duh! Oh the way fear has a grip on us! To warm up, I went on this crazy water slide. I think I eat my stomach for lunch.
The Island Racer
The most challenging fear to face was of course leaving the kids for 3 nights with their grandparents on Oahu. Only a mother knows about separation anxiety. To make it difficult, there were families everywhere having fun with their kiddos. The consolation prize was being able to make the first foot prints on the beach in the early morning and claim my space of sand to practice yoga on.
Poipu Beach - where the water shimmers like glass in the morning
looked like some flower petal that blew off. See the heart?
Look what the ocean spit up. She is full of love.
The next fear on the list to face is surfing. Darren faced his fear and long time wish to take surf lessons. He did. He surfed. He conquered. Then he busted his knee. Tore his MCL. And crossing our fingers he didn’t tear his ACL. Was it worth it? YES! he says and can’t wait to get back in the water… with me!
Before the big wipe out
Despite all the fun… I’m glad to be back home. Home sweet home. Maybe one day Kauai will be home sweet home.
We love you Kauai!
Til we meet again!