Thursday, April 30, 2015

Kauai day 7

So what do we do on day 7? Even before our shoes and socks have dried out from yesterday, we head out for another hike!

Actually, this is a surf check masquerading as a hike. Our destination... the cliffs east of Poipu. We learned later that this is part of the Mahaulepu trail the runs from Poipu to Kawailoa Bay (more on that tomorrow).

Chris made sure no to wear a hat... just in case it rains... :oD

Actually, there is no rain in the forecast today! It's a great day to be outside!

Who would have expected to find a pink wing-back chair?

It's a good enough reason for a photo-op as any!

Next up... Kayaking the Wailua River...

Do you think he did that on purpose?

We've been all up and down different branches of this river on separate trips, but we have never paddled it ALL in ONE day... until today, that is...

First stop the waterfall trail:

It's too deep to cross here, even with the rope... Time to turn back...

Next stop, the rope swing...

The rope is gone, but the kids still jumped from the cliff. The water was FREEZING!!!

Next stop.... The end of the river... No going any further...

We turn back around and pull in at the Fern Grotto... landing in knee deep mud.

It has sure changed a lot since we were here last... this is as close to the Fern Grotto as we can get.

When we got back to the marina, we were still early, so we took some of the little side tributaries. Here is one with a nice view of the Sleeping Giant.

Gondolier in training!


Hmmm... Is this a good idea?

Haha!... Maybe not!

This is kind of fun... I was waearing my Garmin, watch so was able to map our trail up the river. 7.4 MILES!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kauai day 6 - Kalaulau trail part 2

Are you ready for this? TONS of pictures!!!

So it's wet and drizzly, and we are on our way up the Kalaulau trail!

The trail is muddy with slippery rocks...

But it sure is BEAUTIFUL!!!

Cheryl and Chris on the top of the world!

The further we go the more spectacular it gets...

Here's Chris doing a Totoro impression... Poor Chris didn't have a hat, so the rain really got to him. It's like the Chinese water torture.

More slippin' and slidin' on the rocks...

And slippery mud...

This picture was more spectacular in person. We are standing on a cliff. This is one of the places where a helicopter can land to pickup stranded hikers.

Orchids growing right along side the trail:

The intrepid hikers!

Is this it? Is this the river where we are supposed to turn around?

There are lots of people crossing here, and the group of locals who told us to turn around at the river aren't here.

I guess we continue on...

Are we worried yet? The warning says 83 people have died on this beach. Keenan said the last time that he was here the sign was only up to 14.

Oh, there's the RIVER!

Can you see one of the people stranded on the other side?

On our way back, it started to rain seriously!

No more hikers allowed.

Chris was the first one in our group to get back to the trail head. He talked to a ranger and told him that there were four people stranded on the other side of the river. The ranger said that it happens every time it rains, and that they'd send a helicopter out to pick them up. There were 32 people in all!

So why are we in bathing suits in the rain? Because those are the only dry clothes that we had, haha!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Kauai day 6 - Kalaulau trail part 1

Today's little adventure will be along the Kalaulau trail leaving from Haena. We have no idea how long it will take us to hike the trail, so we left very very early. So early that the lighthouse wasn't open when we reached Kilauea... oh, and it was also raining...

We also hit some of the other sites on the way North... The Dry Cave...

The wet cave...

And finally drizzly Haena...

Here's where we are and where we are going.

Our plan is to hike only as far as the Hanakapiai Falls

Hmmm... is this a good idea in the rain? Haha!

Actually, we spoke to some locals who told us that we would be fine as long as we don't cross the river. hmmm... what river? I guess we'll know it when we see it....

Ready or not, here we come!

To be continued!