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.

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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. 

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We took a hike near Kaapa, the Kuilau Ridge trail.  It was very beautiful, and we saw very few hikers.

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We found many wild ground orchids on our hikes.

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The north shore beaches are so beautiful, and not crowded!  We enjoyed taking our chairs on the beach, having a picnic and snorkeling.

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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.

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Hanalei Bay is so pretty!

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We took a drive to Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

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We stopped at the Grand Hyatt on the south shore for a late lunch, and afterwards we watched their hula show.

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At Shipwrecks Beach on the south shore, I swam with a giant sea turtle!!

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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. 

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We loved seeing beautiful orchids in Kauai. 

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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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