beauty, nature photography, sky, travel

A full day before heading for the airport…last of Kauai!

My 150th post!…

I checked out of the hotel at 11:00 and had 7 hours to kill before my flight so I decided to find a lighthouse that the guide had told us about that first full day.  All I knew was that it was “behind” the Marriott.  I put the name of the lighthouse in Waze and it sent me on my way…to nowhere!  I drove around a golf course for a very long time and could not for the life of me find that lighthouse.  At one point Waze told me to take a left…onto a golf cart path.  I did find a dirt road at one point and started to go down it in the rental but there were too many holes and large rocks to be dodging.  It may have been down that road because I could hear waves crashing in the distance but I wasn’t willing to walk it either for fear of breaking an ankle and there would have been no one around to help me!  

Driving up the road toward the Marriott the trees and grounds were beautifully kept…it is after all built with a golf course around it.  There were also some gorgeous flowers.  

A few shots from around town…the movie theater turned into senior housing was cool, a metal Christmas tree…no lights on because it is day time, a heron out of nowhere landing on the fence…

With no luck with finding the lighthouse I decided to go for some last minute gifts to take home to everyone…well, I had already purchased a few for the grandkids and I don’t usually get the adults anything but I had time to kill and was feeling generous.  This place was amazing…I was here for about 2 hours just walking around and enjoying the property.  You should not leave Kauai without checking this out! – Kilohana Plantation.  They have a store, restaurant, train station and a 40 minute train ride around the property and into the orchards, a tasting room, a variety of rums…if you like rum, so much for you to enjoy! 

11 20 17 Last full Kauai day (1 of 5)

After doing this I decided to return the car rental rather than risk getting stuck and traffic and not able to get to the airport on time.  Before 4 hours early…less stress!  

The rest of this post is dedicated to images from the plane leaving Kauai and coming into Logan…Leaving Kauai…

Heading into Logan…at sunset!  The last image says it is a video…its not but I accidentally had it on “live” when I took the picture on my phone…why does Apple think a phone needs “live” pictures??  

I look at pictures taken from the plane and think if the world looks this amazing from 30,000 feet what must it be like from a space ship!? I took 40 shots coming into Logan…I am only sharing 15.  


This ends the trip to Kauai.  I have no idea where I will take you next…hmm.  You will have to come back and see but in the meantime…thank you for traveling with me! 

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See you on the road!

                 “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” –                                                                                                                           Jennifer Lee

beauty, Mountains, nature photography, sky, travel

Touring Kauai…

I had a short list of things I wanted to see driving around the island today and sadly, I kept horrible notes about what I did unexpectedly see.  I was able to look at signs in my pictures or google areas I thought I was in and figure a couple of them out but beaches…which I thought would be easier to figure out…not so much.  I do remember that I headed toward the north shore and that I stopped in Princeville for a little shopping and lunch.  But I get ahead of myself.

My hotel was fairly close to Lihue where the airport is so I decided my first stop would be Lydgate Beach Park.  From the information I had seen it would be a lovely spot to stop for a short time and take in the breeze and beauty of the area.  It was indeed!  

Another stop on my list was the Wai’oli Hui’ia Church in Hanalei.  It is a church built in 1912 but the bell is from 1834 and is beautiful.  It is also a lovely little town.  After visiting the church I went to check out the one way bridge, the Hanalei Bridge and Hanalei Valley.  The sky got dark while I was there but it never rained…at least not directly over us. The story about the bridge is interesting and if you would like more information, check out this website…

Kauai’s Historic Hanalei Bridge – Welcome to Hanalei Bay!

After leaving Hanalei Valley I decided to head to Princeville a few miles away to have some lunch and see what the shops had to offer.  I found a shopping area that had many stores and restaurants.  I have no food photos to share but I stopped at two shops on the way to the restaurant I chose and took 2 shots of things that amused me and then lunch at Tiki Iniki…the woman in the picture seated me…she was not my server.  I loved her free spirit outfit!  

A quick stop to Kapa’a to see the canal, Waika’ea Canal and beach on the other side of it, Waipouli Beach?…

Next up I was driving along and saw all of this greenery with the water and the green and blue together caught my attention so I pulled over to enjoy it for a bit. Looking at these it may actually be different areas but the metadata in the images says they were all taken around the same time so I am not sure…lovely either way.    

Another spot I stopped at spur of the moment because I saw some people surfing…or attempting to surf.  I’m not 100% sure but I think this may have been Anini Beach or maybe Shipwreck Beach…I spent quite a bit of time here before I moved on.  I don’t remember which beach it was but I do remember getting in and out of the parking area was hazardous to the health of my rental car. The truck waiting to get out of the parking area ahead of me…priceless!   

Before I post my last real spot for the day I had a small collection of images left over that don’t really go together but I don’t want to leave them out…

This brings me to the spot where I spent the most time because dusk was nearing, clouds were rolling in and the sky was beautiful with color and dark.  I might be posting too many but I guess you will judge that…this may be Shipwreck Beach, Anini Beach or some beach that I just don’t know the name of but it was the perfect place to end the day…oh, and I will be posting a video because the waves came in sideways quite a few times.  At this time I had never seen this happen before…I have twice since then…once in New Hampshire at Hampton Beach and once on the Cape.  

Video of the waves at times going sideways…2.5 minutes…I hope it works when I post!  

One the way back to the hotel I made a couple quick stops because the mountains caught my attention…

Tomorrow is my last full day in Kauai before I head home…be sure to come back to see how I spend my day!  

               You know the routine by now….come visit me at my page on Facebook, on Instagram and at my website.  If you find something you like on my blog and you don’t find it for sale, please contact me.  I will give you a quote.

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See you on the road!


Dave & Deb