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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Birthday in Kauai

For my 30th birthday Josh and I decided to go to Hawaii.  It was perfect timing, right after we finished the Alaska job, and about a month before we had to leave for Peru.  Not to mention, I was mildly concerned about turning 30, and I think Josh knew he needed to either keep me busy or have to deal with me curled up in a ball under a rock somewhere.  We also had to wait 5 days for the truck to arrive in Seattle on the barge from Anchorage, so we had some time to kill.

We arrived in Seattle, dropped the cats off with a shuttle service to take them to a boarding facility and hopped back on our plane to take us to Bellingham Washington, where we ended up being hours delayed, causing us to miss our flight from Honolulu to Kauai.  On the bright side, we got to stay at the Wakiki Hilton for the night!  We ended up making it to Kauai about 14 hours late, but we made it in any case.

We threw our stuff in our hotel room, and headed out to start our adventure.  I don't remember all the details but I have some pictures to share!

The Fern Grotto boat tour:

The road to Hanalei Bay, for Josh to go surfing:

Hanalei Bay, one of the most famous surf spots in the world.  Josh in the orange trunks:

Kilauea lighthouse view.  One of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.

Some goats on the side of the road on the way back from Hanalei.

The largest Mohagany plantation in the US.

An evening view of Hanalei Bay.

Chillin' out in a tree on the ocean.

There are chickens everywhere on Kauai!

Our meeting point to go on a snorkel tour, the Spouting Horn.  You can see there is a guy to the left in the photo to tell how huge it is!

Barking Sands Beach. Miles and Miles of empty beach that is actually military property.  Don't tell the rental company we drove our car down a very long dirt road to get here.

Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.  Breathtaking!

My birthday Kayaking trip to Secret Falls.  It was a long trip but so worth it!

Gilligan's Island Beach.  a couple of the first episodes of the TV show were filmed here.  It was nearly empty too and so nice for snorkeling and looking for creatures.

Headed out for my birthday dinner.

Yacht trip along the Na Pali Coast, the view again was unbelievable and we got to see lots of whales.

Our last day, a drive to Wailua Falls.  These are in the opening scene of Fantasy Island.

We LOVED Kauai and would go back in a heartbeat.  If you are a partier, this is not the best island to chose but if you love being away from people and a quieter adventure scene it is amazing.  now I really want to go back, especially since we are supposed to have a blizzard tomorrow in New Jersey!

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