Hayden and Layla's Place

Napali Boat Tour… well, kind of April 22, 2014

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On our final day we took a catamaran to see the Napali coast. ¬†IMG_3380On the way to the port, we stopped in a little shopping area to find some souvenirs and got this cute pic of the kids hanging ten. ūüôā

We had beautiful weather, hardly a cloud in the sky, but the wind when we got out to IMG_3394sea was outrageous. ¬†After a while the waves were so rough that everyone who wasn’t in the sheltered lower deck was getting drenched. ¬†The captain asked us if we wanted Layla to join him in his little sheltered area of the boat, so she and I did and as such escaped getting soaked, but John and Hayden stayed on the top deck and just got soaked. ¬†Luckily Hayden had a great attitude about it, though. ¬†The captain eventually determined we wouldn’t be able to make it all the way to the Napali coast as he knew the waves would get worse when we turned north, and there were people getting seasick as it was. ¬†So we turned around and focused on finding whales. ¬†We had already spotted one who was strangely motionless with his fin out of the water. ¬†They guessed he was sleeping, but they said it was very IMG_3397unusual. ¬†We saw him again when we turned around, and we got close enough that he “woke up” or whatever happened to make him decide to swim off. ¬†Apparently there were also dolphins who came close to the boat, but just for a split second – most of us didn’t see that. ¬†And we saw a double rainbow which stuck around for a really long time.

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Whale fin sticking out of the water, towards the horizon

The crew was really nice, and they provided plenty of drinks (our kids were pretty liberal with their soft drink consumption) and we had a nice sunset dinner on the boat.  The couple who was on our helicopter flight was also on this boat so it was nice to see them again.

All in all, it was a nice ride on the catamaran. ¬†Shame we didn’t make it to the Napali coast, but we were lucky that we had seen it from the air in the helicopter.

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Salt Pond Beach, Waimea Canyon, and Spouting Horn April 10, 2014

Monday we wanted to spread our wings a little more around the island and venture to west. ¬†First, though, we had to have breakfast at Starbucks to appease Hayden who had been grouchy several times upon arrival knowing there was a Starbucks around and we hadn’t gone to it (why, I don’t know – there is one not far from our house we sometimes walk to but that’s maybe half a dozen times a year). ¬†Once that was checked off, we headed to¬†Salt Pond Beach, which was

When the waves were strong enough the rocks had a waterfall effect

When the waves were strong enough the rocks had a waterfall effect

great because it had these big rocks which created a little lagoon where the kids could “boogie board” in the gentle water (read: lay on the boogie boards while the water bobs them around a bit) and John could snorkel. ¬†There was another side of the rocks which also seemed pretty cool but a bit more active on the wave front which we didn’t make it to, and then the rocks itself had really small pools in some where little marine life could be found. ¬†The rocks also had a little waterfall effect when the waves were strong enough.

IMG_3072There was a food truck at the beach, so we tried that out for lunch. ¬†Hayden had a couple of shrimp tacos which were great, John and I shared the fish tacos, also good, and Layla had a couple of bites of a cheese quesadilla. ¬†The kids had had a lot of sun and had been really active by then so we thought it was a good time to move on. ¬†I saw there was a geocache nearby so I tried to find that before we left the beach, which took us out to the (hot, slippery) salt ponds area (which was a red clay that left a stain on my feet that was very hard to get off). ¬†I was so bummed I didn’t find the cache! ¬†I’m sure I could have with more time but the kids were so tired and hot that I was under some pressure to get moving – plus it was the first one I tried so maybe I’ll get better with more tries.

There was a bit of travel time involved with our adventures for the day, so we tried to make the most of the overlooks we past.  On the way to the beach in the morning we took in Hanapepe Canyon Рjust breathtaking.  After the beach (while Layla had a well-earned nap on IMG_3060the go) we drove up to look down on Waimea Canyon Рalso spectacular.

As we approached Poipu we checked out Spouting Horn. ¬†It was a very interesting natural phenomenon where the water has worn away the lava rock and when the waves get big enough they shoot water up from underneath the rock and spray it into the sky, along with a horn noise. ¬†It’s pretty cool. ¬†Luckily it’s free – although it’s neat to see I wouldn’t pay to see it. ¬†It’s one of those where you go, stand behind the fence for a short time, see it, get the idea, and then leave. ¬†It’s a quick, cool thing, but the kids were pretty over the nature observing by that point.

We decided to go back to Poipu beach for a quick visit in the late afternoon (very near Spouting Horn so why not). ¬†The kids played on the playground for a while, while I went to get them shaved ice from BrennecIMG_3088ke’s (a hit). ¬†John and Hayden found an eel/sea snake (depending on which on looker you talked to) – one woman said it has 2 sets of jaws but I don’t know if she knew what she was talking about. ¬†Then another giant sea turtle came up on shore. ¬†John thinks it was a different one from the other day but I don’t know he knows what he’s talking about – lol! ¬†Oh yeah, high five! ¬†It was cute though because it moved it’s head so it was looking right at Layla while we were watching it which we made a big deal about and she was excited about.

Finally, we wrapped up the day with dinner at Merriman’s Gourmet Pizza & Burgers. ¬†Definitely recommend that one! ¬†I had my first Mai Tai of the trip which was amazing. ¬†I also had a shrimp salad with goat cheese which I loved. ¬†The kids enjoyed their meals (but not so much the fancy lemonade), and John had a great and unusual turkey burger. ¬†Our waitress was really nice, the atmosphere was nice but relaxed. ¬†Oh, and we had these really great truffle fries. ¬†Yum!