Hello everyone, this is Jane, I’m your guest blogger for today. I offered to do this task today because I’ve had such an amazing day that it felt like I needed to share it with you all.
So, I woke up really early like before 6 o’clock and was wondering when we could get going. I knew I only had less than 20 minutes until sunrise and then all the parakeets would be leaving our palm trees and making the most horrendous noise that not even Julie could sleep through.
Yes, that worked so we were both awake very early then we decided that the best thing to do when you’re both awake at that time in the morning, is go snorkelling!
We packed up all our snorkelling gear in anticipation of being able to put our heads in the water. However, the waves were going to thwart us. Too big. We decided it may be too dangerous to go snorkelling with such big waves so alternatively, Julie had researched that there was a possibility that we might see turtles on one of the beaches near Poipu. Obviously, I was all in favour of that option.
When we arrived at red knickers beach, oops that should be “Brennickes beach” but Siri did not recognise my Brummie accent. It was very wild, this is because there is another hurricane skirting the island and the waves were really big and crashing. Great for photography but not for snorkelling and little chance of seeing turtles. So my attention turned to chickens. Yes, chickens there are lots of them here in Kauai, they are feral chickens and they are everywhere.
So, I’m taking a picture of chicken and baby chickens minding my own business when Julie taps me on the shoulder and says “Jane look over there”. Julie said she had spotted quite a little group of people all taking photographs of something on the beach, early in the morning, which didn’t seem right until she realised what they were taking photographs of. Green sea turtles. Oh yes, two of them on the beach-happy days. We spent the next 10 minutes watching them, because that was all it took, for both of the turtles to push themselves from the sandy-shore into the water. I took photo’s and Julie videod the event and we were both near to tears. This was for the first time today. You will see that this is a common theme, throughout this blog.
After breakfast, the next part of our day was heading off to the Waimea Canyon via the Spouting Horn. The Spouting horn is a blowhole in between rocks where the waves crash in and then all the pressure pushes the water up like a geyser. Had my camera set to sports for this event.
The canyon was a 40 mile round trip. You go up 20 miles and then back down the same track 20 miles. You are treated to some of the most fantastic scenery and views that can be seen on the whole island, if not in the whole of the Pacific. It’s always a sign of whether or not something has caught my imagination as to how many photographs I actually take of the event. Let’s say that when you get to see the chosen photos today, we have had to be very very selective!!
On the way up we passed several lookout points which were all amazing. What was more surprising to us both, was that near the top, we got a view of the Napali coast. And at the final stop 5700 m above sea level, we arrived at the scenic view point that had an edge. This was an edge that Julie decided she didn’t need to look over. However, there were a couple who were having their pre-wedding photographs taken on the edge by a professional photographer.
“Okay, hold hands, look into each others eyes, take a step back, NO, not that far”!!
The breathtaking scenery was the second time today that Julie and I might of turned on the water works.
Now we arrive at the last part of the day, this included food and drink, my favourite. We went back to the Garden Island Grille to see our new friend Sofia. Sofia is only 19 still at college, but a bundle of fun and a really nice girl who waited on us the first time we came into the bar. We turned up this time in time for the live music and it was Hawaiian night hurrah. The singer was really quite good, he played lots of songs that got us both either singing along, or over-emotional. Yes, you might of picked up on the theme but that was the third time we’ve been in tears today. This is called being overtired. Both had a lovely meal and cold white wine which was a perfect end to it absolutely perfect day.