We were lucky to see another sunset from the Kalalau Lookout. There is a neat phenomenon where the trees on the hills to the West of the lookout turn gold as the sun sets. I haven't taken the time to identify the very best picture of this, so you'll just have to settle for this one.
|Sunset to the West (imagine that!) of the Kalalau Lookout|
The Return to the Edge of the World (Waipo'o Falls)
One of the goals I held for myself was to hike the trail to Waipo'o Falls again. Last time was quite the traumatic experience for me in particular. Why? Well, I am not particularly fond of heights and I can say that once you get on top of this ridge, it sure seems like you could very easily take a tumble for a LONG way down. With Tammy's help, I managed it last time - there's something about conquering one's fear that makes you want to show that it wasn't a fluke. So, we did it again. And, it was easier this time around. Although I did stay further from the edge than many people.
|Tammy surveys the Edge of the World|
|The top of Waipo'o Falls|
Each time we would drive by the intersection for this road, Tammy would say that we should drive down it sometime. So, on our last day at Koke'e State Park, we did just that.
|And, we were rewarded.|
Power Line Trail
Once we moved to the North side of the island, we worked to explore new things (to us). One of our hikes was on the Power Line Trail (so called because it was created for maintenance/construction of the power lines from the North to the South side of the island through the interior).
|Not a bad looking waterfall!|
|The Christmas Tree of the Powerline Trail|
Kalalau Trail and the Napali Coast
We got up early to avoid the normal crowds that hike the first segment of the Kalalau trail to Hanakapi'ai Beach. We succeeded in avoiding most of the other hikers by doing this, but we also dealt with more overcast/cloudy conditions than we've seen at other times.
|Sun hitting the top of a ridge on the Napali Coast|
|The different colors in the water always amaze us.|
|Well, not THESE rocks specifically|
|How about rocks AND ups and downs?|
The lighthouse itself was closed for work to shore up the paths to the lighthouse. Erosion is doing its work on Kauai. It's just the way things are.
|So, we went to an overlook that let us look towards the lighthouse instead|
We alternated hiking with trips to various beaches on Kauai. We did enjoy Kekeha Beach on the Southwest side. There were big waves and lots of sun and sand there with mostly locals enjoying the surf. Salt Ponds was a decent place to visit on the South side as well, we could explore some of the little fishy creatures that were in the rocks there. But, we really enjoyed Inini.
|Another farmer selfie?!?|
A Last Hike: Kuilau/Moalepe Trails
On our last full day on the island, we took one more hike. I'm not sure how to describe the decision making process for us to go on this hike. Suffice it to say that we started this trip by making sure to space out our hiking trips to allow time for recovery. After all, this was a vacation, not a boot camp. Most of our hikes were 4 to 5 hour hikes and some were fairly strenuous. Since it is Winter, our conditioning isn't what it might be in the Summer. That, and we don't do so much of the up and down stuff in Iowa for some reason.
|Viewpoint towards the Makaleha Mountain range|
|The trees on Kuilau were friendly.|
We both had a great time on this trip. Of course, part of it was the location. But, the biggest thing was the fact that Tammy and I could relax a little and spend quality time together. Thanks for a great 25th Anniversary trip T!
|Aloha Kauai! and Mahalo.|