Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch

…the spinach was sleeping

Well, it would be if spinach slept. We are home, having arrived at the airport at 9:00 pm and getting home at about 10:00 pm. It was a fun and revitalizing trip, but it is good to be home.

Our only bit of bad vacation luck occured about a third of the way into the flight home when, whilst eating a piece of beef jerky, I busted off a front tooth from my upper dental plate. This was a big fat pain in the ass, but I’ll get it repaired tomorrow or so and be chomping away again soon. Just not at beef jerky.

And now, it’s off to sleep in our beloved and much missed Select Comfort bed. Extra firm hotel beds suck.

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.

An Angel In The Pacific

…that’s my baby

The above mentioned angel is, of course, My Sweet Little Tempura Maui Onion Ring Of Cuteness, Grace. We just got back from the beach, where she took her first swim in the Pacific Ocean. See, the Pacific near northern California is just too damn cold, so she sensibly avoided it.

Today’s adventures included driving up to the Kiluea Point Wildlife Refuge, where we saw many seabirds and Nene Geese (and a mongoose or two). After that, we drove to the end of the highway up near the extreme northern tip of Kaua’i. It was a nice drive with great tropical scenery. Also, toffee coated chocolate dipped macadamia nuts were eaten:)

After the northernly drive, we did a bit of shopping, ate lunch and then partook of the ocean for the above mentioned swimming. Or rather, Grace did. I sat on the shore because, despite being a good swimmer, I don’t like going into the water in pools, let alone the ocean. Besides, I hate getting sand in my various wrinkles & crevices.

Soon, we shall eat dinner. Not sure where yet, but it will no doubt be good. Last night we had Kaua’i grown beef in the form of prime rib at a place called The Bull Shed. To say the portions were generous would be misleading, since the last time I was near a slab of beef that big, it was eating grass and mooing. Still, Grace and I tucked into it and ate enough meat to send us into a protien induced stupor.

Tomorrow, our goal is to see the Grand Canyon of the Pacific (in the middle if the island)and wander about looking at island flora & fauna. And, no doubt, shopping one last time before we leave for home on Monday.

I’m outta here. More bloggage soon.

Greetings From Kaua’I

…the garden island

As the subject line suggests, we are on the oldest of the Hawai’ian islands, Kaua’i. Our 4 days on the Big Island were full of driving around, seeing stuff, eating stuff, buying stuff, taking pictures of stuff and doing stuff. Except going online, for which our hotel wanted an arm and a leg and the internet cafes wanted a testicle. Besides, by the end of each day, we were generally ready for bed, due to said days starting early and finishing late.

I highly recommend that if you ever get a chance to visit our 50th state, you do so. It’s different, exotic, yet still the good old USA.

So anyway, we arrived here on Kaua’i about 3 hours ago and after checking into the hotel, found that, unlike the Big Island, there is a local dial up number for AOL and it costs exactly fifty cents per call…no limbs or testes needed as payment.

We’ll be here until Monday morning, then it’s home again, home again, jiggety jig for us. In the meantime, we’ll be checking out the natural wonders of this island and taking tons of pix and vid footage along the way.

And now it is time for FOOD! More tropical bloggage later.