Wednesday, January 4th - Part I
What a busy day. Goodness. I don't know why I thought that filling the day with multiple activities spread out across the entire island made sense but I have since decided that it probably didn't. 150 miles of driving. I mean it when I say that we had a LONG day!
There wasn't much planned for Wednesday other then a photo-shoot we had in the North around 3:30 pm.
You might think, photo-shoot? In the North? Let me explain:
Being that the GHK is so pricey
when it comes to buying their pictures we had looked around for alternatives while we were in Kauai. (Turns out we did also partake in the GHK shoot and snagged an amazing deal but more on that in a later post) So, the way that I am a travel hacker, my wife is the ultimate life-hacker. She is always finding me and the kids free stuff and coupons you couldn't have imagined AND she also has a nag for free photo-shoots in the most remote of places. This is now our 3rd trip in a row (as family and as couple) in which she has secured us free photo-shoots that resulted in an amazing experience with highly talented individuals and beautiful pictures. She really is awesome at finding these with this find being quite hilarious.
She basically scouted the web for "Kauai+Photographer" until she stumbled across a local photographer with FB page, Instagram, website yada yada yada
that was trying to enhance their couples-portfolio. She was looking specifically for people that are deeply in love and can show that love. It was hilarious.
We "applied" and after some recon got the gig:
(Excerpt from Recon):
A: Im looking for couples that are engaged or going out for a while and are deeply in love. [How much income do you have?]
B: Totally. Im not married for many years and with kids. No, no. Totally fresh in love. [$475,000]
At first I was contemplating making it a day up North but I quickly steered away from that idea as I didn't like the fact that in the middle of my day I would have to be pinned down to a certain area for the shoot and that it would tie me up for a few hours. The fact that it was supposed to rain that day didn't help either. [I know I know. Don't take the weather forecast serious over there. Its bogus. Well, it was the only day during our stay that the forecast said that it would rain most of the afternoon across the entire island. Guess the forecast gets it right once in a while. ]
So I decided that we should go and check off some of the common sites that day before heading up North.
We headed over to Kauai Coffee Company right by Kalaheo first. This is obviously not the same as the fancy Kona coffee on TBI but still made for a nice drive, an easy and relaxing self-guided tour and some coffee samples. Fine, many coffee samples. Ok Ok Ok, I sampled them all.
The self-guided tour will not take you more then 15 minutes and then its really up to you as to what you wanna do there. Me and my buddy
After sampling all the coffee on their premise it was time to move along and get going to the next item on the list. First I had to visit the restroom though. For obvious reasons.
We then made our way over to Hanapepe Valley Lookout
. It is not far from the Coffee Company and has some nice views. *Rant Alarm*
But please Kauai. You beautiful place. Can you PLEASE give your drivers more of a heads up and more space to pull over! The lookout is on the highway where you are driving at least 50 mph. It is then suddenly 1000ft away and the space they give you to pull in fits no more then 5 cars. It is so dangerous to slow down to a halt on that road and then await the space to maneuver in. How there haven't been major accidents there is a miracle in my eyes. *Rant Over*
For those of you that don't know, Hanapepe Valley was where one of the most brutal battles on Kauai took place. The rest can be read on the Revealed app.
We then - how could we not - drove over to the Spouting Horn. Not sure what it was up to last night but it certainly had a major hangover as it wasn't interested in spouting much. You disappointed me you silly horn!
No hard feelings though as we spend the remaining 20 minutes checking out the little flea market adjacent to the Horn before packing up and moving along.
Next we wanted to start making our way towards the North and what better way of doing so then by checking out the cascade of water falling from a height, formed when a river or stream flows over a precipice or steep incline. In short, the waterfalls.
First it was time for Wailua Falls. The ride is nice and scenic and once you get into Wailua River State Park the road starts getting very twisty and turny on you. A lot of left,right,left right, close and tight curves with traffic coming at you as well. My wife did NOT enjoy this. Like not at all. At this point we hadn't even been to the North yet where the roads are galaxies more horrible then over here. She was to hate her life by the end of that day
. Menehune?PBaruch, found your buddy!Next Stop: Opaeka'a FallsWailua River
After having spent the entire morning and early afternoon on the South and East side experiencing several beautiful sites, it was time to head up North for Part II of the day but boy did the weather turn on us.Stay tuned..