So where did I leave off? Oh yes, we are on to Thursday. We started this day by venturing out on our own to do a little snorkeling in the morning. We found a nice beach with easy shallow snorkeling. It was way better than what we had experienced off the catamaran. So many fish in an assortment of colors (and some without any color) within reach. Mike couldn't get enough of it. And there was entertainment on the beach too, as two endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals made their way onto the beach. Evidently they beach themselves while they digest. Since they are endangered, and the beaches of Kauai are one of the few places they inhabit, the occupied area is immediately roped off from the public. This happened at two different beaches we visited.
The rest of the day was low key, unless you count the unbelievable helicopter ride we took around the island!!! Now we added perspectives from the air to our list of land and sea views. We got the chopper with the doors off for even more breath taking views. It is hard to explain, but I don't think I have seen so many waterfalls in my life! We flew through Waimea Canyon, along the Napali Coast, and into the wettest place on earth, Mount Waialeale. And we thought the rain was bad in Seattle...this place averages 452 inches a year! My favorite view was within the crater, as we were surrounded on three sides by lush green scenery and waterfalls. But wouldn't you know it, the battery of our camera went dead then. Sound familiar? We got a new one for the trip, with two batteries. Mike was shooting so many photos and video from the sky that the first battery died, and the backup was back in the car. Here are just a few of the beautiful views he did manage to capture...
|Open top sea cave we had seen from the water a couple days prior.|
|Around the bend is the area we hiked the first day.|
|Four in this photo. I think the two in the middle were called Twin Falls.|
|I recommend this indulgence to anyone traveling to Kauai.|
|kayak parking lot|
|No, remember, no snakes in Hawaii. Just a really cool vine!|
We did some more snorkeling on the way home, then enjoyed the tastiest Hawaiian Shaved Ice ever! Okay, maybe not ever, since this was my first time ever having it. It was shaved so finely it seemed to melt in your mouth, and served over the top of Macademia Nut ice cream! Yes, I ate the whole thing myself...
|Not the best shot; taken by iphone, but you just had to see it!|
Other views from the day....
|The sleeping giant, made famous in many movies. See his head on the right, hands folded over his chest.|
|This is right before the wave washed up and he got all mad at me because he got wet!|
It was so hard to select what pictures to post, because there were so many beautiful ones to choose from. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and look forward to bringing the kids back some time. I will leave you with a few random pics from the trip...
|Break between the six zip lines.|
|No, not us renewing our vows! One of five weddings we walked by on the beach Saturday.|
But the best view was this on Sunday....