Wednesday, August 24, 2016

10 ~ Feeding the koi, Waimea Canyon, Enjoying "our" Beach

Dear Diary,

Watching Abigail play and run at the hotel beach is the most relaxing thing in the world. Scott loves to play with his girls.

They ran to the pool to join Anna and it started raining. I'm sitting under an umbrlla ounged at the pool.

Our morning was feeding the koi fish, drive to the town of Waimea. Long, very winding road up to the various canyon lookouts. Amazing. Annnnnd why didn't I take photos of the drive?

The coolest shave ice ever is at Jo-Jo's.

Oh, and shopping in the town of old Koloa 

I'm so grateful for this time with my family.

I really must get in the water now, bye!


Yes, that morning we went to feed the koi fish. The girls wanted to every single morning but this was the first morning we made it there when the little fish food was given out. The girls got their little cups and my camera lens was all foggy from the humidity. The only thing you can do is wait it out. So those girlies of mine waited and waited and waited for my lens to clear up. But in the meantime the crowd of little ones cleared up too and we had this whole lovely area to ourselves.


Seriously, such a beautiful lobby.

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Waimea Canyon, Kauai

(link to website here) We drove through beautiful Kauai to a town about 1 hour away. The drive in Kauai is just as beautiful as the place you're headed. And I loved looking at everything. But we were a family with a plan that day. And Waimea Canyon was our plan.

This is the first lookout after driving up and up an up and up.


Apparently, Anna and I didn't get the 'wear sneekers'  memo so we were struggling later on the hike that day!

This was the view at the first lookout.



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See those waterfalls waaaay off the distance? Well, 20 years ago Scott and I hiked there. Yup! Someday I'll get those pictures on digital files so I can show you.


See those tiny ant like people? That was us in 1996!



OH this view!


And then we drove to another lookout. This one had the hike to that waterfall.

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And then we realized that we were really adventurous back in 1996 and that this hike was one... difficult... hike. We didn't make it to the top of those waterfalls. But we did get to see this view.


Not too bad, right?


Love these people.



So if you ever find yourself in Kauai, please, please don't skip this.


The Best Shave Ice

Vacations do strange things to me. After spending our morning hiking and viewing we had a plan for lunch in a lovely town we had read about. But the girls were looking like they couldn't wait so I said, "dessert first! Who wants shave ice?"

I don't really know why Hawaii is known for shave ice. And this was our favorite place!  But I do know its lots of fun.

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This next picture is blurry but I had to put it in. Abigail was oh so tired but we found such a cute shave ice shop with the nicest kid behind the counter. He was whistling while working and answered all of my questions. He concocted this one for Abigail...



...and put that big, ol, smile across her face!


Anna was half done with hers before we could snap this one!


I have no photos of this town (that I adored) but I want to remember shopping, and walking around, and a lovely lunch. (here) 

We spent the rest of the day on this winding path leading to the pool and the beach...





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... when sometimes I just happened to have my camera ready for something like this.



Making memories far far away from home (out of my comfort zone for sure) was the best part of every day. More tomorrow... and for real, almost done!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


I'm quite sure that my computer either

(1) is reallllly tired of all of the Hawaii posts, one after another


(2) is so jealous he thinks if he kicks the bucket he'll go live there in his next life.

I'm not sure but our computer is sure on the fritz! Scott 'rigged' it for now but I'm not sure how long I have with this one.

As soon as I can get all of my things to work on here again I'll get right back to finishing up Hawaii.

Monday, August 22, 2016

9 ~ Discovering the Falls, Enjoying the Pool, and Dinner Out

In Hawaii our days were long and our wonderful evenings went late.  So by day 9 it was time for a bit of a more relaxing day.  We knew we wanted our whole afternoon at the pool.  But in our morning we wanted to see some beautiful things in Kauai.

'Opaeka'a Falls

Spectacular really, just spectacular and a must see in Kauai.  There was no hiking involved so that was good.  We wanted the girls to have a restful day.  We almost felt guilty for such an amazing view without any work!  This is what the falls looked like.



Wailua River



My sweet travelers.

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Anna often chose to wear a hat instead of sunscreen for her face.  And because I knew this I bought her a hat from here.  SPF built in

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Wailua Falls



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Ready for this?  As we were standing there this amazing rainbow appeared at the base of the waterfall.  Took my breath away.



Movies have been filmed here.  (like these)


and I can see why...



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It was hard to leave such a beautiful place but this was calling.


Dear Diary,

"Pretend it's morning and the sharks are all around us. "  (Abigail)  

The girls lost in their "world" in the pool right now.  So much fun for them, so happy for me.  

Today we drove to two waterfall lookouts.  (*looking up, watching the girls swim*)  

Kauai is like this:  you think you see the most spectacular view.  You stop the car - inadequately capture it on the camera (because there's no way to really capture it)  but then we drive to the waterfall.  Through the most isolated, windy road and there is a spot that you just can't believe exists.  (There was a rainbow at the base of the double waterfall)  

Lunch for our second time at Bubba's (because they have a non allergic hot dog for Abigail.  Double burger and onions for me.  Chilly and cheese dog for Anna.  So happy sitting up at the counter overlooking the ocean.  

Back at the pool and staying at the hotel for the rest of the day.  Ahhh. 

Gotta go swim with my girlies!  Bye! 

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Do you see them over there on the island?



And after a whole afternoon of swimming it was time for showers and dinner.



This restaurant was so wonderful, right on the hotel grounds.  We walked along the beach or the pool deck and there we were!


While we waited Scott and I talked, Anna relaxed and read.  Abigail wrote in her diary.  Sitting under a palm tree.


The hotel beach was simply beautiful.

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And Scott and Anna shared this Hula Pie for dessert.  They raced to see who got the last bite.


Our evenings on Kauai often seemed to end like this photo.  Anna with her dessert, me snapping one last photo, and Abigail looking really tired from a day of adventure.  So thankful for this restaurant.  We loved not getting in the car and just walking down the beach.  Bliss.  Vacation bliss.


And a couple of phone pictures from that day too!

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Underwater shots were so much fun! This one is my all time favorite!

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But this one one Anna smiling underwater is pretty awesome too!

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