Friday, December 30, 2011

what to do in kauai: day one

So you're planning a trip to the beautiful island of Kauai.  
But if you're like me, you're overwhelmed by the surplus of information on the internet about all the great things to you could do.
To be honest, we did minimal planning, but ended up with a great trip.
Typically I would not suggest minimal planning, but since it was such a small island, it was easy to be spontaneous and kind of decide what to do as we went along.

Day one suggestions for you:
  • Eat breakfast overlooking the water.

  • Go on a drive up Waimea Canyon and enjoy the view. This beautiful canyon is known as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" and I do believe it held up to that review.  It was seriously majestic.  My only piece of advice?  Take something small to snack on while you drive up and down the canyon.  I'm not one to get car sick, but boy did those winding switchbacks just about do me in.  If you do get motion sickness easily, I might even recommend some Dramamine.  Going up wasn't terrible and the view at the top makes all of it worth it, but going back down was a little on the rough side. Just be prepared for potentially nauseating roads.  

  • Stop and take a picture of goats. Oh, is that weird?  Don't worry, my husband thought so too.  Just look at him though, he's just so cute.  And I couldn't help but think about this scene from one of my favorite TV shows.

  • Be prepared to stop every 1000 feet or so (okay maybe that's a slight exaggeration) to check out the scenic overlooks.  You might think you'd get tired of stopping at 'em, but seriously, the views never get old.  

  • Hang out and relax at your hotel.  If you're like us and were crazy enough to get up at 4:00am to catch a 6:45am flight, you're probably exhausted at this point.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

christmas getaway

Over the past few months the hubby and I have been a bit on the busy side.  
On the very busy side.
So when I finished my semester of school and Beau finished teaching for the semester,
we were eager to take some time for ourselves.
And let me tell you, over the past week and a half we have had such a fun time.
The day after Christmas we hopped on a plane at Honolulu airport and 20 minutes later we were stepping off a plane at Lihue airport in Kauai, HI.

This was my first time traveling to another Hawaiian island and it was absolutely gorgeous.
Seriously, the island was breath-taking!
Rolling hills, stunning canyons, lush forests, sandy beaches and rocky coasts lined the small island.

Come back by in the next few days to see my list of things to do on a trip to Kauai!