14.04.2011 - 14.04.2011 28 °C
Spent the morning at Waimea Canyon (the grand canyon of the pacific). Views from the observation decks were just unbelievable. Very spectacular. I'm thinking that the real Grand Canyon must be out of this world because the smaller buddy here on Kauai is pretty awesome. The canyon is layer upon layer of rock, reds, greens, ochres all the colours from deep red through to deep green-- just awesome! As we continued to drive around the canyon we discovered that the weather had begun to close in (to the point that at the last lookout we couldn't see anything just wispy clouds) so we moved on to the southern coast for a good squizz.
Went to the Sprouting Horn beach and saw the blow holes go crazy.. There were turtles in the ocean at the blow holes! (Probably about four of them just swimming around and riding the waves towards the rocks). After getting too much salt spray on my lens we decided to find a beer and happy hour.. (I swear that Conductor is more interested in getting the bargain at Happy Hour than actually drinking the beer.. on second thoughts, probably not..
Made our way to the Marriot hotel and had a couple of Pina Coladas (me) and Mai Tai and Beer for Conductor. The only reason I mention this is that at the hotel we could see the ocean and out in the ocean were a pod of Hump Back Whales splashing and playing off shore. They were so close to the shore that we could clearly see the whales flippers and tails coming out of the water!
Finished the day in Old Koloa Township and did some basic souvenir shopping. Picked up a map of Hawaii that was based on maps made by Cpt Cook so was a happy camper with my souvenir. We also stopped off at a coffee plantation for Bookie who was keen to understand how the coffee plantations work, did some coffee tasting and chose to not purchase any (not worth the expense and hassle to bring into AU). Coffee bushes are small trees (about the size of an apple tree) and the fruit itself grows on the stems, which surprised me! Interesting fact is that coffee trees are pruned regularly to keep their size small. If they do not prune the trees regularly they can grow to being really large trees with the fruit growing to the size of a coconut!!!!!
Off to the Wailua River tomorrow for more hiking, swimming and maybe some kayaking...