Kauai December 2014 After many years of trying to persuade Pat to visit Hawaii, he finally agreed to a trip to Kauai. I had the opportunity to stay the month of December; Pat joined me the last two weeks. This was my third trip to the islands; I had visited Kauai about 35 years ago, and boy has it changed! It's still beautiful, but development and traffic have definitely made its impact. We rented a condo in Princeville (located on a golf course) on the north shore There seems to be more nature on the north shore, and we're glad we chose to stay there.[photogallery/photo00019902/real.htm][photogallery/photo00002070/real.htm][photogallery/photo00026813/real.htm][photogallery/photo00001494/real.htm]
I visited the animal shelter and discovered that I could take a dog out for the day. I took this little guy, Joey, for a walk. He sure was a great dog. There was a couple adopting a dog to take back to the mainland. We are not ready to get another dog, but we can't wait when we're able to have a dog again.[photogallery/photo00002076/real.htm]
We took a hike near Kaapa, the Kuilau Ridge trail. It was very beautiful, and we saw very few hikers.[photogallery/photo00004402/real.htm]
We found many wild ground orchids on our hikes.[photogallery/photo00031629/real.htm]
The north shore beaches are so beautiful, and not crowded! We enjoyed taking our chairs on the beach, having a picnic and snorkeling.[photogallery/photo00019381/real.htm][photogallery/photo00000183/real.htm][photogallery/photo00014297/real.htm]
See the eel hiding in the rocks.
We encountered a Hawaiian monk seal on the north shore, who came to take a nap on/in the sand.[photogallery/photo00002705/real.htm]
Hanalei Bay is so pretty![photogallery/photo00014278/real.htm]
We took a drive to Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.[photogallery/photo00013561/real.htm][photogallery/photo00029490/real.htm]
We stopped at the Grand Hyatt on the south shore for a late lunch, and afterwards we watched their hula show.[photogallery/photo00006627/real.htm][photogallery/photo00024491/real.htm]
At Shipwrecks Beach on the south shore, I swam with a giant sea turtle!![photogallery/photo00028481/real.htm]
We hiked about 3 miles (our limit) along the famous (and difficult) NaPali Coast trail. Unfortunately, there were a lot of hikers along the trail. I am sure the crowd thinned out after the first 3 miles, because the trail becomes very difficult.[photogallery/photo00017799/real.htm]
We loved seeing beautiful orchids in Kauai.[photogallery/photo00009938/real.htm]
We loved our stay in Kauai; it was peaceful and relaxing. We'd love to return one day! Goodbye for now....Aloha!
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