The Not So Long, But Really Winding Road

…with applepollyoggies to The Beatles

Today, our last full day on Kaua’i, we drove up to see the Waimea Canyon and then get a tiny tantalizing view of the Na Pali Coast. The road up to the canyon runs about 20 miles once you leave the main highway and it is very twisty. Fortunately, it is also a very good 2 lane road with some really great views.

The Waimea Canyon itself is billed as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and it does indeed resemble the original. Not as large, of course, but pretty friggin’ huge when you consider ther size of the island it’s on. We took a bunch of pix and once we are home I’ll have Grace set it up so we can share them with you.

After seeing the canyon, we drove a few more miles up to the end of the road and saw some of the waterfall laden, knife edged mountains of the Na Pali Coast. The whole area up there is very popular with moviemakers and if you’ve seen Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark or the 1970’s version of King Kong (among many other movies), you’ve seen it. It’s lush, primitive looking and pretty damned remote. I wanted to take off my clothes and, as The Kinks once sang, “live like an ape man”.

Later, after the roller coasterlike drive back down to the town of Waimea, we stopped and ate lunch. I had a chili burger that was pretty average and Grace had a Loco Moco, which is two scoops of rice, a ground beef patty and a fried egg covered in brown gravy. You’ll find loco moco’s on the menu in a great many places on the islands and they are quite yummy.

Once we were fed, it was on to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens Allerton site. It more than made up for missing the Limahuli site yesterday. We saw tons of beautiful plants and quite a number of birds. We also got a chance to go about 100 yards down the road to see the Spouting Horn. It’s a spot where the sea has worn a small tunnel into the rock with two openings on top of the rock. When a wave comes in, the first hole spouts up water and the second hole lets out a deep toned whhosh that sounds like a peturbed sauropod. We got vid footage of it.

By the time we got back to the hotel, we had just enogh energy to walk back down to the beach, where Grace took another swim while I watched from the shore. Finally, we came back to our room, ate left over prime rib (and other stuff) and now are relaxing prior to the Great Packing Up Adventure. Tomorrow, it’s off to the airport and back to California.

More blogstuff later.

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2 comments on “The Not So Long, But Really Winding Road

  1. unclelumpy says:

    Sounds like you needed that.
    Anyway, welcome home! :)

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