Friday, June 13, 2008

So Much to Catch up on

Kauai exceeded our expectations. I guess I expected a real "resort-like" atmosphere, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that this island is more natural and rustic. I feel like we are seeing the "real" Hawaii. There are signs of big growth coming, but so much of it feels untouched. It is a fairly small island and you can drive from the south to the north in about an hour.

Speaking of driving, it is a winding meandering road with many one lane bridges. Pearl got carsick, so now we realize that we have to take precautions with her. On one day trip, I brought two changes of clothes for Chloe and one for Pearl and we managed to go through them all. Near the end of the road (it dead ends into a cliff, the Napali Coast) is the beautiful Tunnels Beach. Gorgeous snorkeling in safe waters for the little kids. It is stunningly beautiful here. The one drawback is the sand. Walking on it is akin to walking on fresh powder snow, your feet sink in past the ankles with each step. It seems like a short hike from the parking lot, but don't let appearances deceive you. It is a healthy hike. If you attempt to avoid the heat of the scalding sand and walk along the waters' edge, then your sensitive feet are subject to the small pebblized shells that grind on the bottom of them, still sinking deep into the sand. My feet were sore for three days after that.
Tunnels Beach pictures to appear in a future post.

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