Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Kauai

Way back in 2004, Hubby decided that we should celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary in Hawaii. Who am I to argue with that?


We were married in May, but since May is a pretty month in Ohio, we decided to go in February. (No one in their right mind wants to be in Ohio in February! brrrr)


The trip took about 12 hours, about three plane changes, and when we arrived, we had gained five hours. 


We were in our rented jeep, looking for our hotel at six o'clock p.m. (which was 11:00 p.m. for us) At 6:00, dusk is setting, and it doesn't take long for dusk to turn into dark.


This was a few years before the GPS became a common traveling companion. We had a map, however. Since Hubby is the driver, I am the map reader (unfortunately, for Hubby.) 


There are two problems with me being the map reader. First, I can never read the teeny tiny print that they use for the maps. have to dig around in my purse to find my reading glasses, and, even though I KNOW they are in there, I can't find them. The second and more important reason is that I'm not the best map reader. Hubby thinks I should be able to find our location on the map in two seconds, just because he can. He ususally ends up driving and navigating.


But, a new problem arose. I felt like I was in a foreign country. They do not have streets with sensible names, like Oak, Main, First, Second, or Fifth. Oh, no. Let's try: Makaamoamo or Makaainana. How about Laauhuahua or Laulaunui?


We had been up for almost 18 hours, it was nearly midnight according to my body, it was dark, we didn't know where we were. I might have been a little cranky. I couldn't see the street signs to read the name until I was right under them, and since I couldn't pronounce the names, I was trying to match up the letters from the map. 


It was not going well. 


You know how you can NEVER get a red light when you want one? We were just sailing through those green lights like no body's business.


But, somehow, we managed to find our hotel room, and it was beautiful.


We took a moment to admire the room, then, even though it was only 7:00 Hawaii time, we left our luggage in a pile and crawled into bed, exhausted.


It took us about four days to get adjusted to the time change. We just went to bed when we were tired, and then got up at 4:00 in the morning!


We had a wonderful time. Kauai is a beautiful island. 
Here are some sights from Kauai.

Our lovely room


Every evening at sunset, these fine fellows ran through the
streets, lighting the tiki lamps, and blowing on their horns.

View from our room

Palm trees and mountains

Remember "Fantasy Island"?
These are the waterfalls that were shown
at the beginning of the show.

Another waterfall

Sunrise

One of my favorite pictures

Lighthouse 

We drove through a corn field to find this beach.
We saw a sign that said "Beach" with an arrow.
You would not believe the journey we took to
arrive at this beach. It was wild!
I'm glad we were driving a jeep!


The water was so beautiful!

People were surfing on these waves that were
crashing into that very large rock. 



11 comments:

  1. Hi there. Bopped over from my blog to say hello and thank you for the comment and the visit. Hubby and I have been to Hawaii twice, and loved Kuai. These are gorgeous photos.
    Karen

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  2. I've decided that I'm going to Hawaii for my 30th birthday. Better start my savings!

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  3. A fantastic read and awesome pictures what a lovely blog. Thanks for sharing also thanks for your comment on mine.
    Yvonne.

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  4. Lovely pics. Makes me want to grab a carry-on bag and GO!

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  5. I love Hawaii. Used to live on Oahu MANY years ago. I have been to Molokai and Maui but not Kauai.

    Have I sent you my WELCOME message? I don't remember seeing you come on as a follower. I checked your Blogger profile and saw that you had my site listed, but I can't find you on my list of followers????????????

    We have a few things in common:
    1. I, also, have a great love for our Lord Jesus Christ
    2. My grand kids on the East Coast call me Grammy
    3. When away from familiar surroundings I am always getting lost while driving( even with a GPS)....
    4. And, I love The Secret Garden!

    If you wish, you can leave me a note in my Comments if you have any responses (some people respond in their own comments section and I don't have the time or patience to go back to each blog and look for responses to my questions).......kt

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  6. Wow! I Love that beach you found! It looks just beautiful.

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  7. I would love to go to Hawaii! I am glad your initial adventure with the map turned into a good trip.

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  8. I would love to visit Hawaii. My oldest daughter and even granddaughter beat me there. You pics and description was fantastic!


    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

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  9. Wonderful post! You are a great story-teller, and a great photographer! Oh, you are so lucky to have gone to Hawaii. I would love to go one day. The room you had with that view is out of this world! Did you plan to have such a wonderful room, or were you just lucky? And did you know you'd have a view like that? Wow, gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!
    Best,
    Gloria

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  10. I lack the map reading gene as well. Gorgeous photos...I was born in Hawaii but haven't ever been back. I'd love to though!

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