Five Shots: Kauai, last batch

We’ve been back from our trip for almost a week. Back to a routine that doesn’t include tradewinds or waves lulling me to sleep at night. But I do have pictures. This is the last round of pictures, I promise. Which one do you like best? 

1. Sea Cave

We signed up for a boat and snorkeling tour up the Na Pali coastline. Our craft was able to back up into the sea caves along the way. What it is about the volcanic rock that makes water seem so unearthly?

2. Sea Turtle

She swam up to a public beach and lay there napping. Soon it will be time to lay her eggs. I was happy authorities wouldn’t allow the public to get closer than fifteen feet to her.

 

3. A river runs through it.

One day we went on a four-mile hike into the interior of the island. I kid you not — no bugs!  There are seven major rivers and 66 reservoirs. Next time we visit, I would like to kayak down a river while Jim fishes.

4. Waterfall
5. Homeless in Paradise
6. Jim’s last drive

We signed up for a sunset tour via golf cart on a fancy course at the north end called Makai Golf Club in Princeville. The green fees are predictably high and out of our price range. We listened to the Golf Pro, Tim, who told us all about the mythology and history of the island. The course hugs the coastal cliffs. Albatross and Red-footed Boobies accompany you as you drive around the lush green fairways. It feels like you are driving through a botanical garden. Jim is semi-retired and works at a Sedona golf course; the perk is he can golf for free. He buddied up to Tim, talking shop, and by the end of the tour, Tim gave him such a discounted rate for club rentals, green fees, and cart, we went back and golfed 18 holes. (I caddied with my six-pack of beer.) It was a heavenly four hour afternoon for us both. I was shocked by how few people were golfing. It felt like we had the place to ourselves.

A lot of people I know have been to Kauai. It was the first time for us. I’m sure we will return as we only did a fraction of the activities during the time we were there. It’s too easy to get there from Phoenix airport and it wasn’t expensive to stay there in our condo on the east side of the island. We’d be crazy not to return.

 

46 thoughts on “Five Shots: Kauai, last batch

  1. I like them all, it’s Hawaii! Maybe I wouldn’t have cared too much about the golf though, but that’s not my thing. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. It’s the park-like setting that appeals to me. 🙂
      Thanks, Pete. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Fraggle. On to a different topic. Have a nice weekend. 🙂

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      1. You too Cindy. 😊

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  2. I was ready to vote for the cave photo until I saw the Sea Turtle…incredible!

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    1. She was the size of my kitchen table. I was told turtles that size are estimated to be close to 200 years old.

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        1. Thank, John. Funny how trips work. It’s hard to “feel” it all until after the fact. Then the time spent looking at photos makes you appreciate it on all its levels. This one, though, I really relaxed and let it sink in. Probably because this time around, I had no responsibilities.

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          1. That’s such a good point…I will be sharing a story soon from my trip last month to Paris…a whirlwind, but writing about it will help bring it all back to life to savor again!

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          2. I remember you saying you walked an enormous distances. Last summer when I was in Rome, our group did the same thing. Man, we felt like it was “our” city by the time we explored so many neighborhoods and areas. I’ve only been to Paris for a week and we saw the usual stuff. I would enjoy a return visit and walk the miles you did. I sure miss the baguettes! My uncle lives just outside of Versailles and treated me to a top-notch, multi-course meal. A highlight of the trip.

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          3. WOW! In all of my Paris trips I still haven’t been to Versailles…but I will be posting a Paris story on Saturday and FYI, I had two days off when I was there last month on business and in those two days I walked a combined 31 miles…

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  3. There is nothing like a shack on the beach. I sometimes used to see these in Puna on Hawaii, i.e., the Big Island.

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    1. Ahh, I haven’t been to the big island. It would be cool to see the volcano. Anyway, the makeshift homes of the homeless — I don’t know how long authorities allow the wanderers to stay before they move them along. This one looked to be abandoned.

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  4. You made it real tough this time. For beauty # !; for Nature # 2; for Reality # 5 and for Hawaii # 6. (How’s that for making a decision? lol)

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    1. Ha Ha. I love it. Thanks much, GP. Thanks for voting.

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful place to visit 🙂

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    1. Feels like a dream now. Thank you, Paul.

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  6. I want to hike to that waterfall and have a drink.
    Then jump in!

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    1. Lots of people do just that! We just admired it from afar. And had the drink at the Tiki Bar. 🙂

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      1. Oh … Gin and Tonic please.

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  7. Ooh, sea turtles are wonderful!

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    1. It was the first time I ever saw them in their natural habitat. We sat at the edge and watched them riding the waves. It was cool to see inside the wave and there they were inside the wave.

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  8. All good, but I go for Sea Cave because it is dramatic and was probably the most difficult lighting to manage

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    1. You are so right! In a boat bobbin around trying to take a clear shot was not easy!

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  9. Ah wow, like a paradise

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  10. Very nice photography. All photos are good, but for me first one is more appealing.

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    1. Welcome, J.S. Thanks for voting!

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  11. Beautiful pictures as always Cindy 🙂 Hawaii is so gorgeous isn’t it? 🙂 I just e-mailed you back regarding what day we should do that Altman post 🙂 Sorry I did not reply earlier, I was busy with work the past three days 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    1. Hi John, I responded. August is fine! Any month works for me. I think it will be a fun post to share. 🙂

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  12. Can’t make a choice out of these. All remind me of why I love the Pacific and its many treasures. 🙂

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  13. Jim’s last drive. Wow what a view!

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    1. Thanks Paul. It was something out of a dream.

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  14. A tough pick, but ‘sea cave’ gets my vote. All are so beautiful. Thank you, Cindy!

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    1. It’s fun to share photos; I’m happy you voted and thank you for stopping by.

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  15. I love the cave one. What an incredible colour!

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  16. The color of the water in that first shot!!! Gorgeous.

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  17. This is a tough one and seeing the cave shot had me thinking that was it. Then seeing the sea turtle rivaled that one for me. So it’s between those two for me. Still, hard to go wrong with any of them. Hawaii is a destination I’ve never been to. But for as much I’ve seen photos of those who have, it needs to happen for me. I’m glad you’ve had that opportunity!

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    1. David, Iregret the delayed resppnse. I have been traveling. I enjoyed looking at your site. The travel tip for miles was helpful. Hope you get around to visiting Kauai soon. 😁

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  18. Love #3 and #4 but all are beautiful. I am travelling to Kauai in October and so excited to see the beauty for myself.

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    1. Welcome Jessica! Oh, I still pine to return! It was truly paradise. I hope you have a great time.

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