Monday, October 12, 2009

Chad Darnell's 12 of 12

For this month's 12 of 12, we're on our honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii!


6:42 AM: On the balcony of our condo at Kapa'a Sands, enjoying the sunrise and a breakfast of bagels, bananas, and peach-mango juice.

7:20 AM: Driving down the highway to the western side of the island in our rented convertible.

10:02 AM: After driving twenty miles up the length of the Waimea Canyon, we enjoy the view of Kalalau Valley from Pu'u o Kila Lookout, which is somewhere around four thousand feet above sea level. Because it's always in the clouds, it's either raining or very foggy.

12:02 PM: We hiked through the Alaka'i Swamp to Pihea Vista, which was a muddy rock scramble through the rain to a disappointing view. Rather than continue the two miles to the next lookout, we drove back down the canyon to the Koke'e Lodge and ate our packed sandwiches in the company of the wild chickens.

12:16 PM: We then drove a few miles down (to get out of the rain) and stopped at an overlook of the Waimea Canyon.

1:05 PM: Since you can only do some much in a canyon, we drove down to Kekaha next and spent some time on Kekaha Beach, where the sand is so fine that you sink in three inches whenever you walk.

2:50 PM: After the heat of the west shore (where it's always sunny, even when it's raining on the other parts of the island), we had some Shave Ice at Jo-Jo's in Waimea.

4:25 PM: After crawling across the island in what passes for rush hour traffic, we returned to our condo and had a couple Pipeline beers, made with Kona coffee.

5:34 PM: This is the beach/tidepool thirty feet below our condo.

5:51 PM: Rebecca does a handstand in the sunset on our personal beach.

7:34 PM: We went to the House of Noodles to eat, where dinner was a bland but filling saiman for $25 total. This made up for the fact that last night's dinner ran over $120 at the Beach House Restaurant.

8:25 PM: We were given this bottle of champagne last week at the Sheraton, but I was unable to drink it at the time, being stricken with strep throat. Fully recovered with antibiotics, tonight was the perfect time to pop the cork!

See more 12 of 12ers at Chad's site!

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