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Looking for the aloha in life

Day 13 – Waimea Canyon

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img_0581So, last night ended with the death of Mike's only power cord for his computer; rendering his two work computers useless as of today and therefore leaving his pictures trapped on his camera.  Yes, he has more than one computer and no, I swear I didn't do it!  Life here on Kauai has not yet incorporated late night runs to Best Buy or same day Amazon delivery.  A quick trip to the Ace Hardware this morning proved futile as well.  So, he is without a computer until Tuesday, when his new cord arrives (which, really is quite impressive of Amazon given that we are 2400 miles from ANYWHERE!)

img_0561On our way back from the Ace, we stopped at an adorable coffee shop.  The service was so-so, but the food was fabulous.  An acai smoothie under a load of granola, bananas, blueberries, chocolate chips and peanut butter will forever now be known as Heaven In A Dish.  Coffee was not bad either!

I spent a luxurious hour finishing up my latest book and by 11, Mike was done with whatever work he could do without technology.  So, we piled in the car and headed out to Waimea Canyon.  But first, I made Mike stop at this roadside warehouse full of the cutest shops EVAHHH! I felt like I was at a tiny little Canton (for you Dallas folks.)  I think I spoke with each vendor; just thrilled that we had come upon this little gem. I was too busy shopping and talking to take any good pics, much to my family's chagrin.  But I did get one quick one that doesn't even do this adorable place any justice.

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Then, we rode through the town of Hanapepe just to show Casey this cute mural painted on the side of a building, since she does have a thing for Lilo and Stitch, on our way to Waimea for lunch.  After a fabulous taco plate lunch, we turned right and started up the 4000 foot ascent.  Bird was all loaded up on Dramamine and had her 'sea' bands on to help with car sickness and I think the combo was quite successful.  Unfortunately, it did not cure her of the boredom that kicked in approximately .10 miles up the canyon.

Honestly, I'm finding it hard to believe that anyone can get bored looking at this canyon.  Once again, God's handiwork literally took my breath away at each lookout point. Mark Twain called Waimea Canyon the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and I think that description is probably accurate (even though I haven't seen the Grand Canyon… yet:)  It was incredibly grand.

 

Every lookout point was more amazing than the last.  And once we got to the end of the 18 mile (thankfully paved) road, we were hit with this mouth-gaping view of Kalalau Valley… (the one that is at the end of the 11 mile intense hiking trail I mentioned earlier this week)

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The way down made me get a little taste of what Casey deals with regularly.  I think I was reading the guide book too much and got a little car sick.  Stopping at Jo-Jo's for the best shave ice on the island made me feel a lot better!:)

img_0616The boys are out at Brennecke getting tossed around I am sure, boogie boarding as I type.  We might try a new place for dinner tonight, but I think I will just see what we all feel like.  I am too relaxed to even worry about it.  I am pretty sure it will be good where ever we end up.

Author: Angela

I'm a mom living in Texas trying to find the aloha spirit in everyday life with my husband and 2 teenagers. Until I can retire in Hawaii, I will continue to love good old fashioned walks with my dog, dabble in home decor, and pretend to play the ukulele. I am passionate about my family, music, and supporting other families, like ours, who have kids with Down Syndrome.

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