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podsnel
09-02-2012, 12:05 PM
Hi there- again! :) I'm Ellen, and I am ready to start my TR of a lifetime, our trip to Hawaii which was from August 17th to 28th. It was a second honeymoon, kind of sort of, in honor of our 25th wedding anniversary. That was in 2011. But Aulani did not open in time last summer for us to go until now- so....I guess we went to Hawaii to commemorate our 26th anniversary! :thumbsup2 We brought along two of our three sons- Tyler, age 15, and Timmy, age 13- our oldest, Sean, is severly autistic, and while we would desperately LOVE for him to come along, he did not because 1. He does not want to go anywhere new 2. he would have been a wreck on a 10.5 hour flight 3. He is MUCH happier going to camp in August because that is what he is used to and what he expects and 4. He would never have wanted to participate in 95% of what we did in Hawaii. So....

I'll be back to post the first installment in just a minute!! I hope you'll join me reliving the GREATEST vacation EVAAAARRRRRR!!!!!!!!:thumbsup2

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Table of Contents

Day 1 & 2- Kauai - Kauai Beach resort, Tip Top Cafe, Waimea Canyon, Pihea Hike, Jojo's Anuenue, Hanalei Bay Resort, Kauai Grill http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46025092&postcount=3
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Day 3 - Kauai -Wake up Cafe, Princeville Ranch Zip & Dip, HBR beach & pool, Tahiti Nui, Hanalei pier
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Day 4 Woods golf, Kilauea, Na Pali coast on UFO, Hanalei Pier, Hanalei Gourmet
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Day5 Hanalei coffee Roasters, Dry Caves, Kalalau Trail, Ke'e Beach, Tunnels Beach, Pat's Taqueria, Wailua Falls, Duke's and AULANI!!!!
Posted 10/16
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Posted 10/17
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10/19
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Updates 10/20
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10/22
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10/26 AULANI BEGINS!!!!!!!!
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Day 6- AMA AMA brekkie, Aulani, Mama's Snacks, Daily & Weekly Iwa, Golf clinic, Ko Olina Golf, Ama Ama dinner

10/27 updates
http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46562066&postcount=307
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10/28 Updates
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Day 7- Olelo Brekkie, Haleiwa Kayaking, Macky's, Aoki's, Shark's Cove Scuba, Olelo Room & Mo'Olelo Fire Pit Storytelling

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12/10 Update
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1/2 Updates
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DAY 8-Hawaiian Fire Surf School, Mama's Snacks & the Waikolohe Valley, Roy's Ko Olina dinner, Starlit Hui & Off the Hook

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1/4 Updates
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1/9 Updates (Roy's)
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1/11 Updates (Starlit Hui & Off the Hook)
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DAY 9- Olelo Brekkie, Poolside dining, a little Ko Olina walk, Laniwai, Menehune Adventure,Azul
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1/19 Updates
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2/8 Updates
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2/12 Update Azul
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Day 10 Pearl Harbor, Aulani at sunset & villa art, Makahiki Buffet, Explore the Stars, Nighttime at Aulani

2/14
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2/15 Updates
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2/21 Update
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2/25 Update
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Day 11, August 27 Checking out, Ama Ama lunch, Paddleboarding 101, Goofy hot tubbing, meeting a monk, Luana Lounge

2/27 Updates
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2/28 updates
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3/1 updates
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5/24 ALOHA and OUT! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48487397&postcount=733

AND WAIT!! United First Class flight home- it STINKS! http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=48489343&postcount=740



DAILY IWAS http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=47504181&postcount=609
Bonus- Once upon a time, at a college not so far away....The story of Pods-n-El(len) http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=46554462&postcount=287

Misskitty3
09-02-2012, 12:44 PM
Looking forward to reading your trip report! This will be the first TR on Aulani that I have read!

Happy 26th Anniversary!!!:love:

podsnel
09-02-2012, 12:59 PM
I started planning this Hawaiian odyssey quite a while back- probably a year and a half at LEAST before we were to go- and in the end, I felt like we had a great vacation because of it. 4 nights on Kauai (although, to be perfectly honest, I could have spent a few more nights there- wow, is that island PARADISE) and 6 nights on Oahu staying at Aulani. We had saved up miles for YEARS, so we were able to use them to secure all of our planes- coach on the way out, and first class on the return. :cool1: THAT saved a BUNDLE! On the way out, we had a direct flight from Newark, NJ, to Honolulu on United- then on to an Island Air puddle jumper to Kauai. Some of us were more excited about the 10 1/2 hour portion of our flight than others-

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But I have to say, that plane was EXTREMELY comfy, we had our own tvs, I watched 3 movies, we flew over the Rockies which were very pretty, even saw Mount Rainier snowcapped and all and it really was not so bad! In 10 hours, we were landing on Oahu!

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We made our way over to the Island Air terminal, and had about an hour or two to kill- so we got some snacks for the boys, and Pods and I went to have the first Mai Tai of the trip-

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A word on the interisland flights- there are 3 airlines- Island Air (which we flew to Kauai), Hawaiian Air (which we flew back from Kauai) and Go! Mokele. IA has mostly puddle jumpers, but they are reputable- HA has mostly jets which are larger and faster (I like them best), and Go! Mokele- well, based on what I saw, I would NOT fly them EVER- they had cancelled ALL of their flights for 2 days while we were there, and some passengers had been trying to get off Oahu and to Maui or Kauai for 2 DAYS!!!!! with no luck. :scared1: Please keep all this in mind when you are tempted by their cheaper airfares- that was one BIG angry mob in that airport!!

So, anyway....by the time we landed on Kauai, it was 8 pm- with the 6 hour time difference, to us it felt like 3am- and we were just a little tired! :scared: We had rented a car from Alamo on both islands, all through DiscountHawaiiCarRentals- they had the best pricing I could find, a full size (Chevy Impala, I think) was $214 (including all fees and taxes) for the Friday to Tuesday rental out of Lihue Airport. For the first night, knowing we were going to be zombie like once we arrived on Kauai, I had booked a hotel very close to the airport- it was literally 5 minutes. Well recommended on Trip Advisor, our first night was spent at Kauai Beach Resort- for a grand total of $150, including tax, for a mountain view room- which they upgraded to an oceanview, when I arrived. :thumbsup2 This property was the Hilton, but is now managed by Aqua, and it was absolutely fine (if a little dated) and beautiful with comfy beds and very pretty grounds. i would ALWAYS stay here on my arrival night!

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At this point, not much mattered except finding the toothbrushes and calling it a night! Of course, in the morning, I was up before sunrise- along with lots of others, but no one in my family, LOL!

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I quietly put on my clothes and ran out to the beach for daybreak-

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Back to the room, it was time to wake the family- macnut pancakes and gorgeous day in Waimea Canyon were waiting.....

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Up next- soup for breakfast and WOW!! Kauai is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

podsnel
09-02-2012, 01:05 PM
Looking forward to reading your trip report! This will be the first TR on Aulani that I have read!

Happy 26th Anniversary!!!:love:

Great!! Thanks for reading, and thanks for the good wishes! :goodvibes

KristiMc
09-02-2012, 01:17 PM
I'm in! It was nice seeing some of your pics on FB. Looking forward to reading about your adventure.

jedijill
09-02-2012, 01:18 PM
Aloha and Happy Anniversay!

I'm along for the ride....all these Hawaii trip reports are convincing me I need to revisit some of these days.

Jill in CO

kid-at-heart
09-02-2012, 01:21 PM
Yea! Love your title! Now to start reading. :cool1:

podsnel
09-02-2012, 01:35 PM
The island of Kauai is really not very big- and of all the islands in the chain, it is fairly undeveloped (compared to Oahu, Maui & Hawaii, that is). It is the oldest of all the islands, and because of that, it has more dramatic scenery than anywhere else- Kauai has been the backdrop for more movies than I can even begin to name, and with good reason- the Garden Isle has a lot of lush, green wilderness, many different climates, many different things to see. It is the island that idealizes what most people imagine when they think of Hawaii. Since we were going to be staying on the North Shore for the remainder of our time here, we began our 1st day with a trip south and west- we were going to visit Waimea Canyon and Kokee State Park. We had our Keens on, and we were ready to do some hiking! But first....a stop for breakfast. We chose nearby Tip Top Cafe, a locals hangout for our first Hawaiian meal. Tip Top is known for yummy mac nut pancakes with home made guava pineapple jam and coconut syrup, and for Oxtail Soup- even at breakfast! My family thought I was CRAZY when I ordered it, but- they got over their disgust once they tried some- it was yummmmmmmm......

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Sorry about the bite- I just couldn't wait! The bananas added were excellent, wow- this was an awesome, and quick, brekkie!

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We had about an hours drive from there to the Canyon- but we never minded driving on Kauai, because everywhere you looked, it was jaw-dropping gorgeous-

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Jillpie
09-02-2012, 01:35 PM
Oh I am going to love this report!! Beautiful pictures:). And guess what, we just celebrated our 26th too! (May 24, 1986) give us lots and lots of pictures, love your reports! (oh, and we have three sons too, what a coincidence!)

podsnel
09-02-2012, 01:49 PM
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There are two roads to get up into the canyon- we chose Waimea Canyon Road, because it was first and is more scenic, and it ended up being a very good thing- more on why a little later. After a steep climb, we approached our first glimpse and overlook-

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Mark Twain nick-named Waimea Canyon the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, and the nick-name fits. It is so beautiful! I was actually worried about how my teenagers would react to all this natural beauty we were going to be taking in- you know, teenagers are sooooo cool and nonplussed about everything- well, I need not have worried, Ty & Tim really "got" it- they fully understood that they were laying eyes upon some of God's greatest work!

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Back in the car, a little further up, we noticed some kids running around on the left- so we pulled over to explore.

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Photobucket frozen AGAIN!!!! Back in a bit-

saintstickets
09-02-2012, 01:50 PM
Glad you started posting before we left for Aulani tomorrow! Great start and I look forward to reading more later. Gotta love Kauai. DW and I went there for our honeymoon 30 years ago this past week!

jenseib
09-02-2012, 01:57 PM
joining in!!!!!

jenseib
09-02-2012, 02:06 PM
Oh my word....caught up no and what a beautiful site to see. I can't imagine just how wonderful it was in person. I can't wait to read more. :lovestruc

podsnel
09-02-2012, 02:35 PM
I'm in! It was nice seeing some of your pics on FB. Looking forward to reading about your adventure.

Hi Kristi!! The fb pics were just with my iphone- hopefully the ones on here will be more detailed! :)

Aloha and Happy Anniversay!

I'm along for the ride....all these Hawaii trip reports are convincing me I need to revisit some of these days.

Jill in CO

Yes you DO!! And thank-you!

Yea! Love your title! Now to start reading. :cool1:

I loved Gidget movies when I was a kid- I always wanted to be Gidget- I always wanted to surf-

Oh I am going to love this report!! Beautiful pictures:). And guess what, we just celebrated our 26th too! (May 24, 1986) give us lots and lots of pictures, love your reports! (oh, and we have three sons too, what a coincidence!)

Happy Anniversary! :lovestruc Don't worry- there will be too many pics, I am sure! Hope you are having fun with all your boys, too!

Glad you started posting before we left for Aulani tomorrow! Great start and I look forward to reading more later. Gotta love Kauai. DW and I went there for our honeymoon 30 years ago this past week!

BILL!!!!!! I am SOOOO excited for you!!! Aulani is a beautiful resort! The CMs are great- my 2 favorites were Jaren (he is a Valet captain, he is awesome) and Alohalani (her name means heavenly love:love: - how beaut:love:iful is that? )- she works at the Olelo Room in the morning- try their almond croissant, it is addicting! We ate at AMa Ama 3 times- all were very good, but my favorite was the plate lunch special-OMG- soooo much food! Pods loved the chopped salad, he ate it twice. Make sure you grab directions from the valets when you go out- the GPS sent us to a residential neighborhood and 2 naval bases instead of Pearl Harbor- we really hated driving on Oahu, but the North Shore was worth it, so was PH- Roys is really good, too. Walk over past the Marriot on the right and down to the beach- there was a monk seal hanging there all day on our last day. On the North Shore do NOT miss Sunset Beach (lanikea)- it's where the turtles hang out on the beach- lots and lots of them- you'll know you're in the right place when you see all the people and cars- also, there are loads of fish in Shark's Cove up there- it's where we scubad, and it's where locals go to snorkel (rather than Hanauma Bay). SOOO excited for you!!!! Happy 30th!!!

joining in!!!!!

Oh my word....caught up no and what a beautiful site to see. I can't imagine just how wonderful it was in person. I can't wait to read more. :lovestruc

Hi Jen!! It was all stunning- like nowhere else we have ever been-

podsnel
09-02-2012, 03:17 PM
Here's a little perspective on where we were-

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So- this area with the red, iron rich soil everywhere was SO COOL! We ran around here for at least half an hour- my kids LOVED it, it was like someone had let them out of a cage! My DH remarked that this was the most active he had seen Tyler since he was a two year old, they were having a blast.

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We traded cameras with a Japanese family to get this pic-

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THIS was AWESOME-
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Tyler and his war paint-

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The whole time we were being swooped over by a couple of helicopters- we kidded the boys and told them that was the next adventure for them- riding around in the basket hanging off the copters.

Do you know, they actually believed us? :scratchin

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What was going on with the copters was they were trying to extinguish a small fire near the canyon- the baskets were being filled with water that was diverted from a waterfall- which they have the ability to stop and redirect to wherever this was they were scooping up the water from. I thought that was pretty interesting that they could actually STOP a waterfall. :firefight

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Just slightly red and dusty, we climbed back into our chevy- there was sooo much more to see!

MAGICFOR2
09-02-2012, 05:31 PM
Yay! I actually made page 1 :woohoo: Now back to read!

ETA: Shoot! It WAS still page one when I started to post:confused:

MAGICFOR2
09-02-2012, 05:53 PM
A-MAZING so far! We have to visit Kuai now! The scenery is beautiful! I love your excitement over the boys just having fun being boys! :goodvibes I loved the comment, "Sudden Death." :rotfl2:

englishrose47
09-02-2012, 06:33 PM
Well not page 1 but not bad !!! Rllrn I grew up on oxtail soup, it was canned and a big favorite in England , along with ox tongue lunch meat and Black pudding !!!

NMW
09-02-2012, 07:28 PM
Subscribing glad you had a great time

jenseib
09-02-2012, 08:01 PM
So was Tim crazy? Looks like he was going to slide right down in that stream. :rotfl:

More stunning pictures. You know it's good when a teen leaves his ipod in the car!

Tinks "SS"
09-02-2012, 08:27 PM
Oh my, i've been waiting for this trip report and it is worth the wait. Please keep it coming. Love the videos. But my youngest wouldn't have listened to me when i told him not to slide down. He would have been down before i knew it. :rotfl2:

WannaBeADisMom
09-02-2012, 08:48 PM
Not page 1, but I'm here! :goodvibes Can't wait to read about your adventures. I do believe your second husband will be reading this TR along with me, if only looking at the pictures. Oh My!!!:thumbsup2

Wicket's Mom
09-02-2012, 09:08 PM
I'm here, need to go catch up!:surfweb:

anewmac
09-02-2012, 11:10 PM
always behind! but omg those views are amazing makes me wanna book a trip and head back there. Last time i was there i was 18 for about 2.5 days after doing 2 weeks in Australia. WOuld love to go back and really experience the island! Cant wait to read more and see all about the islands!

knewton64
09-03-2012, 05:49 AM
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Subbin':upsidedow
Beautiful Hawaiian weather, wonderful food, GREAT WINES;)..........


& yet here I am headin off to 60% chance of rain IN NYC this week.:crazy2:
(not to mention the US Open and the Cowboys opening up at NY Sept 5th)



Thares somethin a miss here!!:lmao:



Can't wait to hear more.:)


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MEK
09-03-2012, 06:55 AM
Gidget goes Hawaiian? :rotfl2: Too funny! I am so in. Back to look at the pictures!

MEK
09-03-2012, 07:04 AM
Oh Ellen. I saw your FB pictures and they were stunning, but these are perfection. Wow! Your arriving hotel looks beautiful and brings new meaning to the phrase "picture perfect".

Can't wait to read more!

JKSWonder
09-03-2012, 08:30 AM
Gorgeous pictures Ellen!

Is the dashboard in your rental car flowerified?

2xcited2sleep
09-03-2012, 08:38 AM
Wow!! So beautiful!! I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii ~20 yrs ago and I have been longing to return ever since. Maybe with Aulani I can make it happen. Off to check those point charts. :rolleyes1

Looking forward to following along on another trip with you and your terrific family! popcorn::

disney1474
09-03-2012, 12:23 PM
So excited to see another of your TR's!!! Looks awesome so far:thumbsup2

podsnel
09-03-2012, 12:44 PM
Yay! I actually made page 1 :woohoo: Now back to read!

ETA: Shoot! It WAS still page one when I started to post:confused:

Sorry about that! Congrats on being first on page 2! :goodvibes

A-MAZING so far! We have to visit Kuai now! The scenery is beautiful! I love your excitement over the boys just having fun being boys! :goodvibes I loved the comment, "Sudden Death." :rotfl2:

Yes- you DO have to visit Kauai! It is breathtaking- EVERYWHERE!! And that's funny you caught that sudden death- I wondered if anyone would.:thumbsup2

Well not page 1 but not bad !!! Rllrn I grew up on oxtail soup, it was canned and a big favorite in England , along with ox tongue lunch meat and Black pudding !!!

Hi Rosie! The oxtail soup was delicious- but it was asian, so maybe a bit different than what you may have enjoyed growing up- it came with grated fresh ginger and cilantro on the side-

Subscribing glad you had a great time

Thanks and thanks!

So was Tim crazy? Looks like he was going to slide right down in that stream. :rotfl:

More stunning pictures. You know it's good when a teen leaves his ipod in the car!

TIMMY IS A MONKEY!!! :rotfl2: Seriously- the way he was jumpin all over the place on the hikes, we actually started calling him monkey boy! I think he was swinging through the trees on vines half the time, he was always so far ahead!:banana::rotfl:

Oh my, i've been waiting for this trip report and it is worth the wait. Please keep it coming. Love the videos. But my youngest wouldn't have listened to me when i told him not to slide down. He would have been down before i knew it. :rotfl2:

Yay! Thanks! :hug: I just didn't want his white shorts to be all red!I tried to take lots of video- I was being very ambitous, juggling my iphone, flip and Canon tho!

podsnel
09-03-2012, 12:51 PM
Not page 1, but I'm here! :goodvibes Can't wait to read about your adventures. I do believe your second husband will be reading this TR along with me, if only looking at the pictures. Oh My!!!:thumbsup2

Hi Joanie! :hug: And Hi Peter! :goodvibes I hope you like it-

I'm here, need to go catch up!:surfweb:

Hi mother of Wicket! Thanks for coming along-

always behind! but omg those views are amazing makes me wanna book a trip and head back there. Last time i was there i was 18 for about 2.5 days after doing 2 weeks in Australia. WOuld love to go back and really experience the island! Cant wait to read more and see all about the islands!

WOW- you went to Australia? How cool THAT must have been!

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Subbin':upsidedow
Beautiful Hawaiian weather, wonderful food, GREAT WINES;)..........


& yet here I am headin off to 60% chance of rain IN NYC this week.:crazy2:
(not to mention the US Open and the Cowboys opening up at NY Sept 5th)

Yea- the weather is not looking too good here right now- I think Pods is going to that game on Wednesday night- hope you have fun!



Thares somethin a miss here!!:lmao:



Can't wait to hear more.:)


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Gidget goes Hawaiian? :rotfl2: Too funny! I am so in. Back to look at the pictures!

Hi MEK! :hug:

podsnel
09-03-2012, 12:58 PM
Oh Ellen. I saw your FB pictures and they were stunning, but these are perfection. Wow! Your arriving hotel looks beautiful and brings new meaning to the phrase "picture perfect".

Can't wait to read more!

Well, the FB pics were only taken with my phone- I was checking in constantly because a friend of mine had done that a month before from Europe, and I loved it everyday! I'm honored you like the pics so far- there are soooooo many more to come- Kauai demands many, many photographs be taken- looking back, I actually wish I had taken more!

Gorgeous pictures Ellen!

Is the dashboard in your rental car flowerified?

Yes- it's my lei of tuberose and carnation- the tuberose was very strong, but so gorgeous.....

Wow!! So beautiful!! I was lucky enough to visit Hawaii ~20 yrs ago and I have been longing to return ever since. Maybe with Aulani I can make it happen. Off to check those point charts. :rolleyes1

Looking forward to following along on another trip with you and your terrific family! popcorn::

I want to say we used about 350 points for 6 nights in a 1 bdrm OV- but in August. When we go back it will probably be a May trip- so somewhat less. But you HAVE to visit a second island- I think Kauai is the most beautiful, but I remember Maui was really nice on our honeymoon as well-

So excited to see another of your TR's!!! Looks awesome so far:thumbsup2

Thanks! I hope you continue to enjoy it!:goodvibes

podsnel
09-03-2012, 01:44 PM
Just a little higher up, and we had arrived at-

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So first we went to gaze in awe at the Canyon-

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I was so, so happy because there were not clouds- it is very important to get up here early as you have a better chance of actually seeing all of this- and all of what's to come in Kokee State Park. I was really nervous we might not see it- so imagine how ecstatic I was when this is what we got, just a little haze-

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When we were leaving the official, fenced canyon lookout, Timmy (who we were now calling Monkey boy because of his EXTREME hiking skills) saw a hiking path through the woods, so we all followed-

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And were rewarded with standing on the edge of the canyon without barriers-

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I got my pic!

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Next we checked out the lookout to Niihau, the forbidden island-

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Monkey boy chased some chickens-

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And we bought some waters, mango and dried coconut from a stand in the lot-

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It was SERIOUSLY ono (very good)- I wish I had a sliced up bowl of juicy mango for $3 right now! Back in the car- headed to Kokee State park and the MOST beautiful views I have ever seen!

Jillpie
09-03-2012, 01:50 PM
Simply GORGEOUS. We need more and more please:cloud9:.

podsnel
09-03-2012, 02:27 PM
After you get through the Waimea Canyon, there is another park called Kokee which is at the top (and end) of the road. Our first stop here was the small museum- not ever having really hiked strenuously before, I wanted to ask the advice of the ranger there- after reading many, many ratings about all of these trails, I wasn't sure what to make of it. So many of the hikes on Kauai are considered strenuous and advanced- even something moderate would often be called dangerous in some sources. I had seen that the best thing to do was ask the ranger- so, we did- and she recommended the Pihea Trail at the end of the road. Great!! That was the one I REALLY wanted to do! 1 mile in and one mile out (although Pods said that was as the crow flies- he wanted how many miles we really did, being that the trail is extremely vertically challenging. But for now- the museum-

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Outside, next to the museum, were a few tents, and I think we passed cabins to rent as well. We were only spending the day up here, but clearly you could make a MUCH longer trip of it.

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The island of Kauai-

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Can you make out the canyon? We were about to hike on the ridge overlooking Kauai's largest valley, going towards the ocean.

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A hiker came in and reported that the Kalalau Valley was somewhat socked in- but would that last? Up next- (sorry- Timmy needs the computer for a fantasy football draft)

englishrose47
09-03-2012, 02:55 PM
Your pix are inspiring !!Mmmmm another free trip maybe !!!

jenseib
09-03-2012, 04:03 PM
Holy cow!!!! I have a feeling I am going to be saying that a lot. But Wowsa!!! Amazing views. Gorgeous colors. I don't even know how to comment on it. It's just stunning.
I also love how you've been an updating fool. I am always so slow writing TRs, but I love it when people post a lot fast. :thumbsup2

dvc4life
09-03-2012, 04:10 PM
What an absolutely beautiful TR so far. The pictures are just gorgeous and I'm sure they probably don't do what you seen justice. But I am enjoying them none the less. It just looks like you had an amazing time so far and it is only day 1.

Can't wait to see the rest of your trip.

dizney4us
09-03-2012, 04:16 PM
Thanks for posting a TR, really looking forward to reading it all! Also...Happy Anniversary!!:goodvibes

mouseketeer70
09-03-2012, 08:16 PM
I'm in! popcorn:: your pictures are amazing! I can't imagine what it must be like in real life! So breathtaking!
I can't believe they have ox tail soup! My grandfather used to make it when I was growing up and my memories are of how absolutely delicious it was!!! That's a good reason I need to go to Hawaii.....:rotfl:

dizneeat
09-03-2012, 10:36 PM
Sorry Ellen, I am kinda late to the party but as you know I was somewhat "stuck" on a DREAM. ;)
We're still on vacation, so reading up will have to wait a bit, but I promise that I will catch up as soon as I am back home! :goodvibes

dallastxcpa
09-03-2012, 11:34 PM
Just saw your trip link on Facebook. Looks wondeful so far. I can't wait to read more. Dave and I are thinking of Aulani for our 10 year anniversary next year. :thumbsup2

MAGICFOR2
09-04-2012, 01:56 AM
Wow! Like JensieB said there are no words... Such amazing colors, and your outlook views are incredible. Thanks for the update! Hope Timmy got a good team. Ryan was doing his on Wed - must be a different league.

Wicket's Mom
09-04-2012, 06:57 AM
Ellen your pictures are marvelous! You are making me edge closer to Hawaii for our fiftieth anniversary! What a beautiful place.

I'm anxious to see the resort. Love Tim & the chickens!

ABE4DISNEY
09-04-2012, 10:01 AM
Hi Ellen and Happy Anniversary! :wave2: You have a real talent for writing a trip report....all of us are eagerly anticipating your next post!

Love your pics of the canyon! I visited there 30 years ago as a kid and I long to take my kids there as well one day. Maybe my 20th anniversary would do the trick? :idea:

Thanks again for sharing and have fun in the sun! :beach:

podsnel
09-04-2012, 09:14 PM
Simply GORGEOUS. We need more and more please:cloud9:.

Thanks! I'll try my best!

Your pix are inspiring !!Mmmmm another free trip maybe !!!

Of all the free trips you could score, I would put Kauai at the top of the list!

Holy cow!!!! I have a feeling I am going to be saying that a lot. But Wowsa!!! Amazing views. Gorgeous colors. I don't even know how to comment on it. It's just stunning.
I also love how you've been an updating fool. I am always so slow writing TRs, but I love it when people post a lot fast. :thumbsup2

It really was stunning- I saturated the colors on some of the pics because in person, it really WAS that vibrant! The haze is dulling it in my original pics-
And I love writing them fast- too bad life often gets in the way of that!

What an absolutely beautiful TR so far. The pictures are just gorgeous and I'm sure they probably don't do what you seen justice. But I am enjoying them none the less. It just looks like you had an amazing time so far and it is only day 1.

Can't wait to see the rest of your trip.

Thanks, Chris- it was all just so breathtaking- more than any other place I have ever been- it truly feels like the garden of eden- paradise on earth...

Thanks for posting a TR, really looking forward to reading it all! Also...Happy Anniversary!!:goodvibes

Thank-you!! :goodvibes I hope you like it!

I'm in! popcorn:: your pictures are amazing! I can't imagine what it must be like in real life! So breathtaking!
I can't believe they have ox tail soup! My grandfather used to make it when I was growing up and my memories are of how absolutely delicious it was!!! That's a good reason I need to go to Hawaii.....:rotfl:

I couldn't believe what it was like to be there in real life either, and I WAS THERE!!! :rotfl: And yea- if you have a hankering for oxtail soup, apparently Tip Top's is the best- not that I have anything to compare it to-

podsnel
09-04-2012, 09:35 PM
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I was JUST thinking about you and wondering if you were still down there having fun!! So excited to see your new ticker, too! :cool1:

Just saw your trip link on Facebook. Looks wondeful so far. I can't wait to read more. Dave and I are thinking of Aulani for our 10 year anniversary next year. :thumbsup2

Aulani is a beautiful resort. A great way to use our points!

Wow! Like JensieB said there are no words... Such amazing colors, and your outlook views are incredible. Thanks for the update! Hope Timmy got a good team. Ryan was doing his on Wed - must be a different league.

Timmy's league is an ESPN one with his friends from town. :) And thanks- Kauai is beyond words. I truly hope you will visit it the next time you go out to Hawaii- you won't even have to hike in mud to find a waterfall- they are just everywhere.....

Ellen your pictures are marvelous! You are making me edge closer to Hawaii for our fiftieth anniversary! What a beautiful place.

I'm anxious to see the resort. Love Tim & the chickens!

PLEASE go! It is incredible! And- my kids have a thing about chasing birds- :confused3

Hi Ellen and Happy Anniversary! :wave2: You have a real talent for writing a trip report....all of us are eagerly anticipating your next post!

Love your pics of the canyon! I visited there 30 years ago as a kid and I long to take my kids there as well one day. Maybe my 20th anniversary would do the trick? :idea:

Thanks again for sharing and have fun in the sun! :beach:

Thank-YOU for such a lovely compliment! I think Hawaii is perfect for a 20th! I think Hawaii is perfect for EVERYTHING (except maybe a quick weekend away from NJ!).

podsnel
09-05-2012, 09:55 AM
Our next stop was Kalalau Valley Lookout. From here, you look down into the largest valley of the Napali to the Pacific Ocean- it is spectacularly beautiful, and you have probably seen this valley before. Because it is so lush and so dramatic, it is often seen in movies and on book covers. But, here's the thing- it gets socked in. Fog rolls in from the sea, or rolls off of Mount Waialeale- although, the ranger had said that today would be a good day to actually see it- even though the hiker said otherwise. She also said she has had people come into the museum and tell her they have been up there 4 times and STILL never seen it!

All of this was freaking me out.

So when we got up there- it was cloudy, but then it got better, and then the fog rolled in again.

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We watched for a while, then got back in the car to head to the next (and last) lookout, Puu o kila, which most people don't go to because they think they're done after the first one. :worried:

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Well, the second view was MUCH better!!

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It was interesting how it changed from minute to minute because of the sun and the clouds.

You could also see Mount Waialeale, which was a miracle. This is one of the wettest points on earth- it gets more than 452" a year! Not a great place to spend your vacation!

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All this rain results in the highest elevation swamp in the world, as well as the verdant rainforest that was everywhere around us. So much diversity in just one place!

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We traded cameras with a group from Australia, who took a pic of us-

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And then- it was time to hit the Pihea Trail-

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jenseib
09-05-2012, 10:16 AM
I am just so jealous...I swear it gets better and better each post.

podsnel
09-05-2012, 10:43 AM
The Pihea (Pee-hay) Trail is a moderate hike along the edge of the Kalalau Valley- there is a LOT of up and down involved, sometimes so much so that you were climbing like you were on a ladder- it was SO much fun!

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Can you imagine trying to do this when it's wet? :scared1: Mud mud and more mud!

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Every so often, you would come to a beautiful viewpoint-

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Of course, i was always lagging behind because I kept taking pics and videos.
But sometimes they waited and let me catch up- at least on the way to the Pihea Vista, which was where we were ultimately going-

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CRAP! I just posted and i wasn't done! My computer is acting SO WEIRD!

WannaBeADisMom
09-05-2012, 10:44 AM
No speakers, so I can't hear the vidoes, but I'm loving these pictures on my HUGE monitor at work! :goodvibes Amazing color!

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09-05-2012, 11:09 AM
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What was surrounding us kept on changing. Here there were TONS of ferns everywhere- so lush and green-

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Then we were in a forest- the roots of the trees exposed all around- in some places, we had to climb over the roots, there was no other way to pass. Or sometimes, there were boards-

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As a result of my picture taking-lagging behind, I got a lot of pictures of my family's butts in Kauai-

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Of course, Monkey boy is nowhere in sight!

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When we looked to the right, towards Mount Waialeale, it seemed to go on forever like this-

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And...I'm frozen out of photobucket! GRRRRRRR.......

WannaBeADisMom
09-05-2012, 11:25 AM
As a result of my picture taking-lagging behind, I got a lot of pictures of my family's butts in Kauai-:rotfl2:SOOO many inappropriate comments waiting to be made!:rotfl:

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Can you tell it's a quiet day at work?:surfweb:

podsnel
09-05-2012, 01:00 PM
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We made it to the Pihea Vista, and I can only say that they entire time I was saying, Thank- GOD for this beauty, thank GOD I go to the gym and thank GOD for my Keens! There were people trying to do this all around us with sneakers and even flip flops- and they were a wreck, falling all over the place, slipping and sliding. Really a bad idea, this is something you need hiking shoes for.

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Someone asked if I kissed any monkeys on this trip?

Just the one-

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Time to do it all in reverse! That means- what went up, must come down- and vice-versa. Not sure which is harder!

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I really have one regret about all of this, though- I wish we had had more time, and a LOT more energy, because we were kind of draggin a little at the beginning of the trip, and I would have LOVED to have gone on to the Alakai Swamp- that's supposed to be very cool as well.

On the return, Timmy & Tyler ran ahead like bunny rabbits. Where did they go?

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Eventually, we came upon tyler- sitting on the near edge of the cliff-

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Where's Tim? Tyler says he's up ahead balancing on one foot on top of a rock, trying to get a better look.:scared1:

MEK
09-05-2012, 01:05 PM
OK, I said I wasn't going to post in the middle of your update, but since I can't see your pics right now, guess what? I am going to post in the middle of your update. Sorry! :rotfl2:

podsnel
09-05-2012, 02:07 PM
My stupid computer keeps posting before I'm done- it also keeps jumping my words around. I freaking HATE my Dell.

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This is me climbing back up (and Pods' thumb!)

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And we were back from our hike above the clouds!

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We all felt very accomplished- Pods had this ongoing joke,starting on this hike, which was "Pods, are ya bringing your sneakers?" I had been asking if he would be using them at the gym while we were away when I was packing.

Guess we're not goin to the gym this trip, huh? :rotfl:

Up next- fire and ice in Waimea-

KristiMc
09-05-2012, 03:49 PM
These pictures are gorgeous! We really need to make it to Hawaii someday.

Misskitty3
09-05-2012, 03:51 PM
Your pictures are amazing! Living in Seattle, we have often spent our vacation in Hawaii. The last 2 years we have gone to the Big island. I have never been to Kauai but your photos are really pushing it to the top of my list for our next Hawaii trip! It just looks amazing!

What hotel did you stay at? There is a photo with a water slide and sand entry into the pool - just wanting to know which property that is.


Just curious, with a 10.5 hour domestic flight, are meals provided by the airline or do you have to buy your own like other domestic flights? That is a loooong flight!!

podsnel
09-05-2012, 04:35 PM
I am just so jealous...I swear it gets better and better each post.

Awww....shucks! And there is sooooo much to come!!!

No speakers, so I can't hear the vidoes, but I'm loving these pictures on my HUGE monitor at work! :goodvibes Amazing color!

I am really jealous! I want to see them look like that!

Can you tell it's a quiet day at work?:surfweb:[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

A little- I just kissed our husband, LOL- they just left for the game.

podsnel
09-05-2012, 04:52 PM
OK, I said I wasn't going to post in the middle of your update, but since I can't see your pics right now, guess what? I am going to post in the middle of your update. Sorry! :rotfl2:

Post wherever you want! I just happy you post!:banana:

These pictures are gorgeous! We really need to make it to Hawaii someday.

That valley was especially beautiful-

Your pictures are amazing! Living in Seattle, we have often spent our vacation in Hawaii. The last 2 years we have gone to the Big island. I have never been to Kauai but your photos are really pushing it to the top of my list for our next Hawaii trip! It just looks amazing!

What hotel did you stay at? There is a photo with a water slide and sand entry into the pool - just wanting to know which property that is.


Just curious, with a 10.5 hour domestic flight, are meals provided by the airline or do you have to buy your own like other domestic flights? That is a loooong flight!!

The hotel the first night was Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue. It was on the east side, and PERFECT for the first night. The downside was the beach was unswimmable- for the remainder of our stay, we stayed at the Hanalei Bay Resort- it was in Princeville, and we rented a condo (but a studio) directly from the owner who was WONDERFUL. I knew 2 years ago that I would rent some part of her condo- it is beautifully furnished, priced well, but best of all, she has the most incredible, completely stunning view of Hanalei Bay I had seen! It was unit 4303, here is a link- http://www.summitpacificinc.com/4303.html#floorplan

We went back and forth whether or not to get the full condo, and ultimately decided against it because we felt we would be eating out anyway, and only in the condo to sleep. It was tight for 3 nights with 4 (really) adults, but we were fine! And the woman who owns it is really lovely- more about all of it after Waimea, because that's when we checked in!:goodvibes

And NO- NO free food on the plane- we ate a big lunch pre-boarding, then ate the snack boxes/ chesseburgers/sesame noodles/chicken wraps on the plane along with some sandwiches from home and granola bars. There WAS food in first class, on the flight home as well- but, get this- that one home was a red eye to Chicago- it was 8 hours, and they had NO hot food (in coach)AND not enough blankets for everyone on the plane (not a problem in first class, tho-)!!! :sad2: United is the WORST, I really really miss Continental in my home airport.

englishrose47
09-05-2012, 07:12 PM
What inspiring pix Ellen !!! Do they have chairlifts or helicopters for the elderley:rotfl2:

dvc4life
09-05-2012, 08:51 PM
All I can say is WOW, Double WOW! I so want to go to Hawaii one day. Your pictures are amazing. I love the one of Tyler sitting there by himself. He looks just so, relaxed.

Keep em coming! :cool1:

jenseib
09-05-2012, 09:24 PM
Is your dell a laptop?
Mine jumps words around all the time. I hate it. I even had the keyboard replaced once because it stopped typing certain letters, now it types them all but the words jump all over and I have to watch and correct constantly. It's such a pain.

podsnel
09-05-2012, 09:25 PM
What inspiring pix Ellen !!! Do they have chairlifts or helicopters for the elderley:rotfl2:

Probably not, but you can see so much from the overlooks which you can drive up to, and they have ramps-

And a big YEA on the helicopters!! Of course they have that!

How inspiring is THIS, tho- I read about a guy (on a hiking website) who did it, and he has a disability where he has to wear leg braces- I was VERY impressed!

Wicket's Mom
09-05-2012, 10:56 PM
Beautiful scenery, but I would be freaking out at those heights!:scared1:

I absolutely cannot go anywhere near an edge like that!

MAGICFOR2
09-06-2012, 12:03 AM
Wow again! Amazing pics Ellen! You guys did a killer hike! I'm proud of you! I love the comment "sometimes there was a board" I can so relate to that! :rotfl2: Some of your hike looked like mine - slippery mud and all. Great feeling of accomplishment once you were done!

CRdisMom
09-06-2012, 07:50 AM
okay caught up. I'm keeping this bookmarked for those dreary winter days that are ahead. I love those photos. I was stunned while I watched your adventures on FB. Hawaii is definately on my to do list. I may just have to wait until Katie can hike a bit more.

Our big excitement this weekend is to go visit the biggest ball of twine in Darwin, MN. Not nearly as fun as this but crazy none the less.

podsnel
09-06-2012, 09:03 AM
All I can say is WOW, Double WOW! I so want to go to Hawaii one day. Your pictures are amazing. I love the one of Tyler sitting there by himself. He looks just so, relaxed.

Keep em coming! :cool1:

Tyler WAS so relaxed- what was even better was that REALLY, NO JOKE, he was sitting there EXACTLY like that when we came up to him. It is not posed at ALL!

Is your dell a laptop?
Mine jumps words around all the time. I hate it. I even had the keyboard replaced once because it stopped typing certain letters, now it types them all but the words jump all over and I have to watch and correct constantly. It's such a pain.

YES! YES! That's exactly right!! I had to stop and correct 3 times on the response above!! :furious: I HATE DELL!!!!!!! Sometimes I'm typing and it jumps to the middle of someone else's sentence or to the middle of my own words randomly, and sometimes it just didn't type anything i wrote! DON'T BUY DELL!!!!!!!!:furious:

Beautiful scenery, but I would be freaking out at those heights!:scared1:

I absolutely cannot go anywhere near an edge like that!

We did not go right up to the edge- and it was much worse on another hike we took- you'll see....:rolleyes1

Wow again! Amazing pics Ellen! You guys did a killer hike! I'm proud of you! I love the comment "sometimes there was a board" I can so relate to that! :rotfl2: Some of your hike looked like mine - slippery mud and all. Great feeling of accomplishment once you were done!

Well, it was not very muddy on our hike- August is much drier than other times of year. When it is muddy, all of those dirt stairs become a giant slip and slide- I don't think I would have enjoyed it very much then!

okay caught up. I'm keeping this bookmarked for those dreary winter days that are ahead. I love those photos. I was stunned while I watched your adventures on FB. Hawaii is definately on my to do list. I may just have to wait until Katie can hike a bit more.

Our big excitement this weekend is to go visit the biggest ball of twine in Darwin, MN. Not nearly as fun as this but crazy none the less.

That's so funny- that's where Pods always tells the kids I'm dragging them to next- the world's biggest ball of twine- :rotfl2::rotfl2: Really? You're going? I can't wait to tell them! :lmao::lmao:

podsnel
09-06-2012, 10:39 AM
Driving back down Waimea Canyon Road, I couldn't stop gushing about our day so far- Timmy kept on telling me i was on an Oxtail Soup rush-:rotfl2:, which I probably was- that was some magical soup I had had for breakfast! Looking at the Canyon on the way down, we noticed that it was a LOT foggier. I think it was around 1:00 at this point- and can I just say, my kids were having an oxtail soup rush, too, because they couldn't get over all we had done and seen, and it was only 1 in the afternnon! Heck, Tyler isn't even awake yet at home in the summer by 1:00! :rotfl: Anyway, we also noticed something else- it was a LOT smokier on the way down- it was almost too much- and when we got down a little further, we saw why- the fire, which had appeared so small earlier in the morning, had spread- and it was not good.

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Those helicopters were still trying-

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But they were not getting very far.

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What we found out later was that the second road up into the canyon (the one the signs were directing us to, but we ignored) had actually been closed all morning. The canyon was foggy, but maybe that was also trapped smoke.

And the next day? BOTH roads were closed into the Canyon- it was all inaccesible. And the day after that? They began evacuating people. It ended up being a very, very baaaaaaad fire.:worried:

Well, once we had finished there, we were headed to some Shave Ice- and not just any shave ice- we were going to JoJo's Anuenue shave ice, in Waimea-

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I know- it doesn't look like much. But it ended up being the best shave ice of the trip, AND it is touted as being the best shave ice on Kauai. It is NOT on the main road- THAT JoJo's is a copy trying to live off our JoJo's good name. And the fact that the other JoJo's is in the building where the original JoJo's once stood. JoJo's Anuenue is on a side street off of the main road- right before we hit the other one.

Confused? Don't worry- everyone else is, too.

This being our first Shave Ice- ever- it took a bit to figure out what to order.

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Have I mentioned how much i hate my Dell lately? Because I just prematurely posted again. Among other freakin irratations.....

So- decisions, decisions-

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I knew what I wanted- Tropical Anuenue Special- Mac nut ice cream on the bottom, topped with Mango, Guava & Lilikoi (passion fruit). Oh- and i'll have mine with beans, please.

Beans??????

Yea- dude, I am goin totally local- adzuki beans are these sweet beans Hawaiians put on their shave ice. Schaaaaaa...... If I had REALLY done it, though, I would have also gotten condensed milk on top- but that sounded too sweet for me, so I skipped it.

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Tim got chocolate (why? Oh why did he get chocolate? He only likes vanilla- with sprinkles. :rolleyes:). He did look happy about it though-

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I have no idea what Pods got- I was busy talking to the nice local lady in line.

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Looks like Mango to me- but he got vanilla ice cream on the bottom- uh, DUH- why would you EVER choose vanilla when there is mac nut to be had??? SHEESH- amateurs.....

Tyler got

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With no ice cream- and was so disappointed- he didn't know you could have gotten ice cream!

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Am I the only one in the family that can read??? I explained it all to them before we got there- but, well, I guess they were listening to me about as much as usual. so their loss! Mine was GREAT, beans and all!

The nice lady in line and I had a great conversation (she lived on Kauai, and had just returned from her vacation in Alaska- in case you were wondering). She was pretty impressed we knew to go to the right JoJo's- she said it was the best, and her son's girlfriend's sister worked there, so she would know. (Seriously- these are the conversations i have with total strangers- and i love every bit! :rotfl:). We also discussed the fire- which she said had started the night before at least, and her brother had called the fire dept about, but they brushed him off because they said it was already out and small. She felt that someone was going to lose their job over this one. She asked where we were staying- and when i said Hanalei Bay Resort, she made a face and said, "All the way up there????"

:rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

It's like 1 1/2 hours maybe away! But when you live on a little island all your life, it becomes the ends of the earth, i suppose. :rotfl:

We said goodbye, and decided to walk down the street to eat our shave ice on the beach-

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Of course, there were chickens-

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and black sand-

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And amateurs-

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I let Pods have some of my mac nut (he'd never make THAT mistake again!) before we piled back into the car- time to head "all the way up there" to Princeville!

franandaj
09-06-2012, 02:45 PM
Oh good! I haven't missed too much, I saw 5 pages and thought yikes!!!!!

I remember when you booked this trip and shared your plans on one of your BCV TRs. The pictures so far have been stunning! And I know you have some exciting plans in the works!

snowmanlover
09-06-2012, 03:02 PM
WOW, WOW, WOW....such BEAUTIFUL pictures AND a well written report of your trip to Hawaii!!

Your a gal after my own heart....lover of Disney & Hawaii! :thumbsup2

I have been to Hawaii 3 times, but on a cruise ship each time! OH, that's right, you like cruising, too!!! I read ALOT of reports, just don't comment like I probably should.

We are thinking next time we go to Hawaii of not doing a cruise. Kauai & Maui are my favorite islands. Of course, I think I would be happy to stay on any of them!!

CRdisMom
09-06-2012, 04:54 PM
Yup the ball of twine. It's only an hour from my house.

I'll send the boys a postcard...lol

Wicket's Mom
09-06-2012, 07:46 PM
I sure could use one of those shaved ice things right now! I would have to do without the Mac nuts, never cutivated a taste for them.:confused3

I love to talk with people in line with me when on vacation. The kids used ot gte so embarrassed when I did that.:sad2:

Hawaii is so beautiful, just wish the plane ride wasn't so long.:(

My laptop is a Sony Vaio & it does the jump around thing, too. It drives me crazy when that happens.

dallastxcpa
09-06-2012, 09:49 PM
I am LOVIN your trip report. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful vacation. :cool1:

englishrose47
09-06-2012, 10:06 PM
Probably not, but you can see so much from the overlooks which you can drive up to, and they have ramps-

And a big YEA on the helicopters!! Of course they have that!

How inspiring is THIS, tho- I read about a guy (on a hiking website) who did it, and he has a disability where he has to wear leg braces- I was VERY impressed!

Very inspiring , I was however thinking of me with the chairlift:rotfl2::rotfl2:

MEK
09-06-2012, 11:00 PM
That scenery is stunning. I am so glad I remembered to check out your pictures tonight. I don't think I could have stood another day at work where I looked at your updates and said DOH! I can believe how blue that water is. Gorgeous.

Seriously - you really did your homework to know about the shaved ice place and why am I not shocked that not even one of the males in your house listened to you when you told them about the ice cream? Sound familiar.

Oh - an about the Dell - I think its time for a Mac Missy. You will not regret it!

Keep the updates coming. A-MAZING!

amyngary
09-06-2012, 11:36 PM
You went to my favorite Hawaiian island without me??!!!

During our most recent trip to Kauai, we started a game anytime we were in the car to make up different "why did the chicken cross the road?" jokes (inspired of course by all the chickens everywhere there). It was such fun and we still remind each other of those jokes.... "Why did the lion cross the Serengeti Plain? .... To get to the other Pride!... Why did the preschooler cross the playground? ... to get to the other SLIDE!...........

We had another trip booked to Kauai two Christmases ago, but then found out that we were expecting our third child. I've been wishing ever since - canceling that trip was so hard to do! And not rebooking it yet has been tough too, but we want to wait until our last child is out of diapers and can feed and dress himself first. It's a long wait!

All this to say thanks for letting me live vicariously through you for now. Great report. I hope to find out as you share more that you did the stunning helicopter ride, but if not, you'll just have to go back!

podsnel
09-07-2012, 09:10 AM
Oh good! I haven't missed too much, I saw 5 pages and thought yikes!!!!!

I remember when you booked this trip and shared your plans on one of your BCV TRs. The pictures so far have been stunning! And I know you have some exciting plans in the works!

Hi there!! Yea- it's 5 pages of mostly photos-I feel like it looks ridiculous when you look at the table of contents and I have so many posts- and not even out of day 1 yet! :scared1: But this was a BIG day for photography- not that others weren't, too....:rolleyes1.

WOW, WOW, WOW....such BEAUTIFUL pictures AND a well written report of your trip to Hawaii!!

Your a gal after my own heart....lover of Disney & Hawaii! :thumbsup2

I have been to Hawaii 3 times, but on a cruise ship each time! OH, that's right, you like cruising, too!!! I read ALOT of reports, just don't comment like I probably should.

We are thinking next time we go to Hawaii of not doing a cruise. Kauai & Maui are my favorite islands. Of course, I think I would be happy to stay on any of them!!

Hi! So nice to meet you! And thanks for the extremely lovely compliments! My head's all big now, there'll be no liven with me! :rotfl:Which cruise did you take? I was thinking about doing that next time- but I can't get past the fact that Kauai is calling me back for a week just for it, but I really want to see Maui again and go to Hana and Haleakala for the sunrise....and then Aulani is on Oahu, so I'd need to go back there, too- SUCH a dilemma! I know that the NCL POA goes to Maui and Kauai overnight- but I don't think that's gonna be enough for me! It is SUCH a special place.....

Yup the ball of twine. It's only an hour from my house.

I'll send the boys a postcard...lol

Oh no- just send it directly to Pods- he's the one who is absolutely DYING to go! :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

I sure could use one of those shaved ice things right now! I would have to do without the Mac nuts, never cutivated a taste for them.:confused3

I love to talk with people in line with me when on vacation. The kids used ot gte so embarrassed when I did that.:sad2:

Hawaii is so beautiful, just wish the plane ride wasn't so long.:(

My laptop is a Sony Vaio & it does the jump around thing, too. It drives me crazy when that happens.

Too bad you don't like the macnuts! Ok, YOU can get the vanilla at the bottom! :) My kids don't get embarrassed when I talk to strangers- they just roll their eyes and say "What a surprise- Mommy's making a new friend..." :rotfl: REALLY!

Like I said before- sometimes the best places are worth sucking it up for on a long plane ride- take a pill, take a nap- whatever it takes, go to Hawaii!

Sorry you have the jumping problem, too- it's REALLY bad this morning- I've had to stop and start like 50 times so far just doing these replies- :furious:

I am LOVIN your trip report. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful vacation. :cool1:

you are very welcome- I hope it's coming across as fun as it actually was!!

jenseib
09-07-2012, 09:33 AM
So is shaved ice like a snowcone? I am not fond of those and it sounds really strange with icecream in it...so I am guessing I am out of the loop of what it really is.

But I suppose if I was lucky enough to go to Hawaii, I might give it a try.
I like the black sand beach...very pretty

podsnel
09-07-2012, 09:49 AM
Very inspiring , I was however thinking of me with the chairlift:rotfl2::rotfl2:

No chairlifts yet, but ya never know!:goodvibes

That scenery is stunning. I am so glad I remembered to check out your pictures tonight. I don't think I could have stood another day at work where I looked at your updates and said DOH! I can believe how blue that water is. Gorgeous.

Seriously - you really did your homework to know about the shaved ice place and why am I not shocked that not even one of the males in your house listened to you when you told them about the ice cream? Sound familiar.

Oh - an about the Dell - I think its time for a Mac Missy. You will not regret it!

Keep the updates coming. A-MAZING!

So funny-I was catching up on your TR when you were looking at mine. On yours, all I can think is how different you and your BR are and how your SIL looks like she is on a merry go round when she's taking the plunge on Splash! Last night before I crashed I was up to a point where they FINALLY seemed to be letting their hair down a little- I hope that continues for all of your sakes!

YEA- I sure did my homework for Hawaii. I was completely OBSESSED!! I read 6 books (all historical fiction) to get a good feel for what Hawaii IS, read EVERY review on Yelp and Trip Advisor and Chowhound, every blog I could find- it was a LOT of fun, the Hawaii planning- I haven't planned like that since we went to Italy for our 20th Anniversary. REALLY am blue right now it's over! :(

And, I wanted THIS computer to be a MAC!! But Pods wouldn't listen!! Stupid AMATEUR again!! However....oddly enough....just yesterday he said "I think we should get a mac".... REALLY? Are you SURE Pods?? :rotfl::rotfl:

You went to my favorite Hawaiian island without me??!!!

During our most recent trip to Kauai, we started a game anytime we were in the car to make up different "why did the chicken cross the road?" jokes (inspired of course by all the chickens everywhere there). It was such fun and we still remind each other of those jokes.... "Why did the lion cross the Serengeti Plain? .... To get to the other Pride!... Why did the preschooler cross the playground? ... to get to the other SLIDE!...........

We had another trip booked to Kauai two Christmases ago, but then found out that we were expecting our third child. I've been wishing ever since - canceling that trip was so hard to do! And not rebooking it yet has been tough too, but we want to wait until our last child is out of diapers and can feed and dress himself first. It's a long wait!

All this to say thanks for letting me live vicariously through you for now. Great report. I hope to find out as you share more that you did the stunning helicopter ride, but if not, you'll just have to go back!

Sooooo funny! I LOVE your jokes!!! :rotfl2::rotfl2: You are definitely invited on the next trip!! ::yes:: Which I hope I can talk Pods into taking in a couple of years- Kauai really was amazing- my favorite island ever- a title previously held by St John in the USVI. They are so alike, those two islands.

I know how it is, waiting for the babies to grow up enough to go somewhere- we had the same issue once, and it was for Disney- Pods would not consider going until Timmy was 4. It took FOREVER!!!! But, I can tell you, tho, as a mom of 3, #3 catches on earlier than everyone else, so hopefully it won't be long before you can take that return trip-

We did take a helicopter ride on our honeymoon- on the Big Island- it was spectacular....but, that was one thing that we didn't do this time- sorry- I am the PTA President at the middle school, and one of the school secretaries made me PROMISE I would not take a helicopter ride on Kauai. Her daughter went on her honeymoon there this past november, and the day before their own ride, another honeymoon couple tragically crashed and died. :sad::worried: So...I promised her i wouldn't go- we did hike on the Napali, and did a really great boat ride, so, I hope you'll still keep reading! :)

podsnel
09-07-2012, 10:00 AM
So is shaved ice like a snowcone? I am not fond of those and it sounds really strange with icecream in it...so I am guessing I am out of the loop of what it really is.

But I suppose if I was lucky enough to go to Hawaii, I might give it a try.
I like the black sand beach...very pretty

It is and it isn't like a snow cone- the ice is actually shaved, which makes it very light- not hard like a snowcone (I am not a fan of them, either). The toppings, when they are good, like they were at JoJos, taste kind of fresh- not super duper over the top sweet and chemical, like a snowcone, and the ice cream in the bottom was yum.....::yes::

glokitty
09-07-2012, 11:49 AM
Awesome TR, love it! Can't wait for my trip to Kauai (staying at the Fern Grotto Inn) and Aulani in Jan.

JKSWonder
09-07-2012, 03:58 PM
Definitely would have been a Lotta Colada shaved ice for me. You are totally right about the whole mac nut thing...why would you get vanilla if mac nut is there?

ACDSNY
09-07-2012, 04:08 PM
franandaj sent me over to check out your TR. I'm enjoying all your pics and thanks for showing me the trail we've been trying to decide if I could make it. I'm thinking I'm too out of shape.:rotfl:

anewmac
09-08-2012, 11:02 PM
playing catch up. your computers acting up and my internet (or maybe its my router?) is spazzing out so I havent been able to log in and I hate reading from my phone!

Wow those views are breathtaking.. even the ones with all the fog and clouds. Its like you are actually in the clouds! So great that you were able to pack so much into the day. I love those types of vacations.

Btw the monkey on this trip is the cutest one you have ever kissed! lol !

2xcited2sleep
09-09-2012, 11:00 AM
Wow! Your pictures are stunning! :worship: Not sure how I'd feel about all that hiking but the views sure do seem worth it!

You've definitely got me thinking about a trip. May I ask were there any resources (books, websites etc.) that you found especially helpful for planning? I would do Oahu/Aulani of course but probably another island as well. You're making a strong case for Kauai but love Maui too.

Fun to dream about at least! :) They need to add a smiley wearing a grass skirt and doing the hula! :rotfl:

chasshan
09-09-2012, 04:26 PM
What a great TR, and I love the pictures, WOW!
I've been enjoying reading the Dismoms 4.....TR, and was so excited to see your thread/link for this one.
What a coincidence as, just yesterday, I was literally just looking at pricing for Aulani for next summer. Not too bad if I can rent DVC points for 2 studios, but I'm guessing availability could be an issue. I keep teetering on the decision to buy into DVC, and Aulani might finally sway me. Decisions, decisions....hmmmmm.

I agree, there should be a hula smiley face girl, but until then will stitch do? :stitch2:

Can't wait for the next post!
Shanna

chepic
09-09-2012, 08:50 PM
I am in and reading.....great photos, Ellen.

We are hoping to go for our 30th in 5 years....starting the planning now ;)

Cheryl

podsnel
09-10-2012, 03:17 PM
Awesome TR, love it! Can't wait for my trip to Kauai (staying at the Fern Grotto Inn) and Aulani in Jan.

Thank-you! And GREAT choice of a second island to add on to an Aulani stay-:thumbsup2 Is the fern grotto inn near the Fern grotto?Sounds beautiful-

Definitely would have been a Lotta Colada shaved ice for me. You are totally right about the whole mac nut thing...why would you get vanilla if mac nut is there?

EXACTLY!!!!!::yes::

franandaj sent me over to check out your TR. I'm enjoying all your pics and thanks for showing me the trail we've been trying to decide if I could make it. I'm thinking I'm too out of shape.:rotfl:

That's awesome! Thanks for saying hi! On that trail- give it a shot, you never know what you can do- I knew that we were going to be VERY active on this trip, so I put myself into training months before we left- and worked out religiously for the month before hand- it made it sooo much easier than it would have been.

BTW- I LOVE your tag!

playing catch up. your computers acting up and my internet (or maybe its my router?) is spazzing out so I havent been able to log in and I hate reading from my phone!

Wow those views are breathtaking.. even the ones with all the fog and clouds. Its like you are actually in the clouds! So great that you were able to pack so much into the day. I love those types of vacations.

Btw the monkey on this trip is the cutest one you have ever kissed! lol !

I hate it when you can't get on the internet!! I need your posts to make me laugh!!

Yea- we WERE in the clouds- sometimes, they were below us. That was a really cool feeling-

and I agree 100%- by FAR the cutest monkey I have ever kissed!:lovestruc

podsnel
09-10-2012, 03:45 PM
Wow! Your pictures are stunning! :worship: Not sure how I'd feel about all that hiking but the views sure do seem worth it!

You've definitely got me thinking about a trip. May I ask were there any resources (books, websites etc.) that you found especially helpful for planning? I would do Oahu/Aulani of course but probably another island as well. You're making a strong case for Kauai but love Maui too.

Fun to dream about at least! :) They need to add a smiley wearing a grass skirt and doing the hula! :rotfl:


Thanks for the lovely compliments-:blush: I did use Trip Advisor and Yelp alot- I also found a lot just by obsessively googling whatever place I wanted to go! On TA, I read the forums- the group that hangs out on the Kauai boards is a really nice bunch-

And yea- we all need to beg Cory to find us a hula dancer smilie! :thumbsup2

What a great TR, and I love the pictures, WOW!
I've been enjoying reading the Dismoms 4.....TR, and was so excited to see your thread/link for this one.
What a coincidence as, just yesterday, I was literally just looking at pricing for Aulani for next summer. Not too bad if I can rent DVC points for 2 studios, but I'm guessing availability could be an issue. I keep teetering on the decision to buy into DVC, and Aulani might finally sway me. Decisions, decisions....hmmmmm.

I agree, there should be a hula smiley face girl, but until then will stitch do? :stitch2:

Can't wait for the next post!
Shanna

Thanks so much, I am very glad you like all the TRs! I really need to get over on that DISmoms one and post, I think- I really wanted to get this one up and running first, tho. And i actually have an old one from last November on here that needs one more post or two- :worried: it has me feeling a little guilty....and good idea! Stitch works!:stitch:

I am in and reading.....great photos, Ellen.

We are hoping to go for our 30th in 5 years....starting the planning now ;)

Cheryl

Hi Cheryl! I like the way you think- planning a trip 5 years out! AWESOME!! :rotfl: You are even worse than me! :rotfl: I have been thinking of you- a friend of mine did a vow renewal onboard the Magic in June- she surprised her whole family- DH & 4 kids! Isn't that awesome?! I kept trying to find your TR for her, but eventually gave up- they managed to have an awesome time anyway, just imagine! :lmao:

ACDSNY
09-10-2012, 11:56 PM
On that trail- give it a shot, you never know what you can do- I knew that we were going to be VERY active on this trip, so I put myself into training months before we left- and worked out religiously for the month before hand- it made it sooo much easier than it would have been.

BTW- I LOVE your tag!

I guess I better get exercising.

The Tag Fairy seems to be handing out a lot of Boo Boos lately.:rotfl2:

rndmr2
09-11-2012, 03:28 PM
Just found this TR yesterday and loving it so far!! You got so many beautiful pics! I love Hawaii, I have been there once on a cruise in 1998 I think it was and I really want to go back, can't wait to read more and see more pics!

chepic
09-11-2012, 04:13 PM
Hi Cheryl! I like the way you think- planning a trip 5 years out! AWESOME!! :rotfl: You are even worse than me! :rotfl: I have been thinking of you- a friend of mine did a vow renewal onboard the Magic in June- she surprised her whole family- DH & 4 kids! Isn't that awesome?! I kept trying to find your TR for her, but eventually gave up- they managed to have an awesome time anyway, just imagine! :lmao:[/QUOTE]

I know, I am sooooooo bad, drives the family crazy.

I am certain that even though she couldn't read my thread, her trip was fabulous. :thumbsup2 And I have a big mouth so I am very impressed that she could surprise her family.

Tried to surprise the kids with a disney trip last year and they just groaned at me when I tried to wake them up!!!! :rotfl:

cheryl

OurDogCisco
09-12-2012, 12:24 AM
Great start... Hanalei is my favorite place. Hopefully, you hit all of my places on that side. Did you stop at brick oven pizza for lunch?

podsnel
09-12-2012, 10:56 AM
I guess I better get exercising.

The Tag Fairy seems to be handing out a lot of Boo Boos lately.:rotfl2:

I like Boo Boos!:thumbsup2

Just found this TR yesterday and loving it so far!! You got so many beautiful pics! I love Hawaii, I have been there once on a cruise in 1998 I think it was and I really want to go back, can't wait to read more and see more pics!

Hi! :wave2: Thanks and welcome! I will do my best to keep entertaining you with pretty pictures. :thumbsup2

Hi Cheryl! I like the way you think- planning a trip 5 years out! AWESOME!! :rotfl: You are even worse than me! :rotfl: I have been thinking of you- a friend of mine did a vow renewal onboard the Magic in June- she surprised her whole family- DH & 4 kids! Isn't that awesome?! I kept trying to find your TR for her, but eventually gave up- they managed to have an awesome time anyway, just imagine! :lmao:

I know, I am sooooooo bad, drives the family crazy.

I am certain that even though she couldn't read my thread, her trip was fabulous. :thumbsup2 And I have a big mouth so I am very impressed that she could surprise her family.

Tried to surprise the kids with a disney trip last year and they just groaned at me when I tried to wake them up!!!! :rotfl:

cheryl[/QUOTE]

But were they excited when they stopped groaning? :rotfl:

The only time I was ever able to do a surprise was for Tyler for Spring Break in 2010- he thought I was taking him to PT while Tim & I were going to Disney, but he ended up coming with us instead. It was wonderful, but his reaction was SOOOO teenager! I think he said, "Really? Sweet....." :rolleyes2

Great start... Hanalei is my favorite place. Hopefully, you hit all of my places on that side. Did you stop at brick oven pizza for lunch?

I can understand why Hanalei is your favorite place- it is definitely one of mine, too. I have wanted to see the pier since I was a kid, never knew where it was until the past couple of years! Do you mean Hanalei Pizza? No- we didn't eat there- but we did eat at lots of other places in Hanalei- we spent all of our time there after this one day- so I'm guessing you'll like my TR a little bit! :goodvibes

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OurDogCisco
09-12-2012, 11:03 AM
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[COLOR="purple"]I can understand why Hanalei is your favorite place- it is definitely one of mine, too. I have wanted to see the pier since I was a kid, never knew where it was until the past couple of years! Do you mean Hanalei Pizza? No- we didn't eat there- but we did eat at lots of other places in Hanalei- we spent all of our time there after this one day- so I'm guessing you'll like my TR a little bit! :goodvibes


Yes, I'm loving your trip report. Hawaii is my favorite place in the whole world. It even ranks higher than Disney. We live in CA so, we go at least once a year.

I should have worded my comment better as Brick Oven Pizza is on the way to or way back from Waimea Canyon. It is pizza restaurant run by a New Yorker Family. I think someone in the family married a Hawaiian person and they moved to New York or New Jersey or somewhere back East. Didn't like it so, they moved back to Kauai and open the pizza place. The pizza is really good. It isn't New York style so, not the same. But they have a garlic crust that is really good. If you go back you'll have to try it...

DianeW
09-12-2012, 11:32 AM
I'm joining in a bit late, hope that's ok!!

I'm really enjoying your TR!!! My hubby and I are celebrating our 25th next year, and Hawaii is looking really good right now after seeing all your beautiful photos! :thumbsup2

We're also seriously considering buying into DVC for our 25th anniversary gift to each other, so I'm enjoying seeing some of the other places we can go with DVC in addition to the parks. And since I live in west, Hawaii is very doable for us.

Loved your photos of all of the natural beauty that is Hawaii...including the shaved ice. :lmao: Yum...macadamia nut icecream. That would have been my choice, too.

Can't wait to read more!!

Diane ::MinnieMo

snowmanlover
09-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Hi! So nice to meet you! And thanks for the extremely lovely compliments! My head's all big now, there'll be no liven with me! :rotfl:Which cruise did you take? I was thinking about doing that next time- but I can't get past the fact that Kauai is calling me back for a week just for it, but I really want to see Maui again and go to Hana and Haleakala for the sunrise....and then Aulani is on Oahu, so I'd need to go back there, too- SUCH a dilemma! I know that the NCL POA goes to Maui and Kauai overnight- but I don't think that's gonna be enough for me! It is SUCH a special place.....

You are welcome for the compliments and nice to meet you, too!

My first cruise to Hawaii was in 2003 with my MIL on RCCL's Radiance of the Seas and it was an AWESOME ship, so awesome that we went again in 2004 and took my DH that time! He liked cruising and Hawaii, but didn't like flying that far, so my we went without him in 2007 and sailed NCL Pride of America. They were both nice, probably preferred the Radiance a little (my MIL did for sure) but I would sail POA again! My MIL went two other times inbetween with friend's because she LOVES Hawaii! She is planning on winning the lottery and moving to Hawaii!! :rotfl2:

I wanted to go to Hawaii on our Honeymoon 35 year's ago, but we went to Disney World instead! Of course then, there was just the MK and the CR and Poly resorts. We stayed off property cause we were poor! LOL We are celebrating our 35th anniversary in Disney World this year!! :yay:

MAGICFOR2
09-13-2012, 09:38 AM
I'm joining in a bit late, hope that's ok!!

I'm really enjoying your TR!!! My hubby and I are celebrating our 25th next year, and Hawaii is looking really good right now after seeing all your beautiful photos! :thumbsup2

We're also seriously considering buying into DVC for our 25th anniversary gift to each other, so I'm enjoying seeing some of the other places we can go with DVC in addition to the parks. And since I live in west, Hawaii is very doable for us.

Loved your photos of all of the natural beauty that is Hawaii...including the shaved ice. :lmao: Yum...macadamia nut icecream. That would have been my choice, too.

Can't wait to read more!!

Diane ::MinnieMo

Congrats on 25 years!!! I think DVC would be a great way to celebrate! Especially with them offering DVC members premium annual passes for 399 this Fall!:cool1:

Hi! So nice to meet you! And thanks for the extremely lovely compliments! My head's all big now, there'll be no liven with me! :rotfl:Which cruise did you take? I was thinking about doing that next time- but I can't get past the fact that Kauai is calling me back for a week just for it, but I really want to see Maui again and go to Hana and Haleakala for the sunrise....and then Aulani is on Oahu, so I'd need to go back there, too- SUCH a dilemma! I know that the NCL POA goes to Maui and Kauai overnight- but I don't think that's gonna be enough for me! It is SUCH a special place.....

You are welcome for the compliments and nice to meet you, too!

My first cruise to Hawaii was in 2003 with my MIL on RCCL's Radiance of the Seas and it was an AWESOME ship, so awesome that we went again in 2004 and took my DH that time! He liked cruising and Hawaii, but didn't like flying that far, so my we went without him in 2007 and sailed NCL Pride of America. They were both nice, probably preferred the Radiance a little (my MIL did for sure) but I would sail POA again! My MIL went two other times inbetween with friend's because she LOVES Hawaii! She is planning on winning the lottery and moving to Hawaii!! :rotfl2:

I wanted to go to Hawaii on our Honeymoon 35 year's ago, but we went to Disney World instead! Of course then, there was just the MK and the CR and Poly resorts. We stayed off property cause we were poor! LOL We are celebrating our 35th anniversary in Disney World this year!! :yay:

Congrats on 35 years! What a great way to celebrate! We are celebrating 32 today with a big move out of State! :rotfl2:

knewton64
09-14-2012, 12:49 AM
....just saw a few pics from yer tr.:goodvibes



Looks like ya had fun.:cool1:
Now I get to have fun getting all caught up on your tr.:thumbsup2

P.S. (NYC was a blast!!):)



T.T.F.N.

MissMet
09-14-2012, 11:50 AM
Love your trip report! I went to Hawaii back in 2007 & of course loved it. Looking forward to reminising thru your report and also doing some planning.

Taking my hubby (he's never been) in May for our 1 year anniversary. :goodvibes Hoping to stay at Aulani for a week before headed on our NCL cruise. Don't know if I'll be able to get a week in May at the 7 month window. :confused3

Can't wait to read more!

saintstickets
09-14-2012, 09:55 PM
Finally got enough sleep after our trip to be able to access the DISboards and had to find your TR! You bring back so many memories of our honeymoon trip to Kauai DW and I took 30 years ago! Great pics and even better narration. I'm loving the stroll down memory lane and look forward to the rest! Thx podsnel!!

englishrose47
09-14-2012, 11:09 PM
Keeping up with the chatter !!!!

dizneeat
09-15-2012, 12:15 PM
All caught up, Ellen! :thumbsup2
Your trip sounds really awesome and your photos are breathtaking! I cannot wait for MORE!!!!!!!!!! popcorn:: :goodvibes

englishrose47
09-15-2012, 07:19 PM
All caught up, Ellen! :thumbsup2
Your trip sounds really awesome and your photos are breathtaking! I cannot wait for MORE!!!!!!!!!! popcorn:: :goodvibes

I am soooo looking forward to the Food Porn from the Dream !!!!! Kara has wet my appetite already !!!!:)

15isto2
09-15-2012, 10:16 PM
Just found the report the scenery looks amazing

podsnel
09-16-2012, 09:56 AM
Yes, I'm loving your trip report. Hawaii is my favorite place in the whole world. It even ranks higher than Disney. We live in CA so, we go at least once a year.

I should have worded my comment better as Brick Oven Pizza is on the way to or way back from Waimea Canyon. It is pizza restaurant run by a New Yorker Family. I think someone in the family married a Hawaiian person and they moved to New York or New Jersey or somewhere back East. Didn't like it so, they moved back to Kauai and open the pizza place. The pizza is really good. It isn't New York style so, not the same. But they have a garlic crust that is really good. If you go back you'll have to try it...

VERY jealous of everyone in CA who can hop over to Kauai the way we on the east coast can just hop over the the Caribbean. We met soooo many people in Hawaii from CA! I do love St John in the USVI dearly (and people there call Kauai the STJ of the Pacific) though. But even STJ loses to Kauai- it's pure heaven.

And I will put the NY Pizza on our list for next time! :) Thanks!

I'm joining in a bit late, hope that's ok!!

I'm really enjoying your TR!!! My hubby and I are celebrating our 25th next year, and Hawaii is looking really good right now after seeing all your beautiful photos! :thumbsup2

We're also seriously considering buying into DVC for our 25th anniversary gift to each other, so I'm enjoying seeing some of the other places we can go with DVC in addition to the parks. And since I live in west, Hawaii is very doable for us.

Loved your photos of all of the natural beauty that is Hawaii...including the shaved ice. :lmao: Yum...macadamia nut icecream. That would have been my choice, too.

Can't wait to read more!!

Diane ::MinnieMo

Another one who can get there faster than me! Jealous AGAIN! :rotfl: I think DVC is a GREAT anniversary gift- for us, I received 3 Christmas gifts 2 different times of DVC points- BEST GIFT EVER, IMHO. Do it!! And- happy anniversary!:goodvibes

Hi! So nice to meet you! And thanks for the extremely lovely compliments! My head's all big now, there'll be no liven with me! :rotfl:Which cruise did you take? I was thinking about doing that next time- but I can't get past the fact that Kauai is calling me back for a week just for it, but I really want to see Maui again and go to Hana and Haleakala for the sunrise....and then Aulani is on Oahu, so I'd need to go back there, too- SUCH a dilemma! I know that the NCL POA goes to Maui and Kauai overnight- but I don't think that's gonna be enough for me! It is SUCH a special place.....

You are welcome for the compliments and nice to meet you, too!

My first cruise to Hawaii was in 2003 with my MIL on RCCL's Radiance of the Seas and it was an AWESOME ship, so awesome that we went again in 2004 and took my DH that time! He liked cruising and Hawaii, but didn't like flying that far, so my we went without him in 2007 and sailed NCL Pride of America. They were both nice, probably preferred the Radiance a little (my MIL did for sure) but I would sail POA again! My MIL went two other times inbetween with friend's because she LOVES Hawaii! She is planning on winning the lottery and moving to Hawaii!! :rotfl2:

I wanted to go to Hawaii on our Honeymoon 35 year's ago, but we went to Disney World instead! Of course then, there was just the MK and the CR and Poly resorts. We stayed off property cause we were poor! LOL We are celebrating our 35th anniversary in Disney World this year!! :yay:

I have heard Radiance Class ships are very nice- I have also heard mixed things about POA- but I think I like their itinerary best of all the ships because of the overnights. I want to spend a lot more time on Kauai, and I'd also like to go back to Maui. And on Oahu, there was alot we didn't do because we were with the kids- historical stuff. Guess I'd better start saving up! :rotfl2:

....just saw a few pics from yer tr.:goodvibes



Looks like ya had fun.:cool1:
Now I get to have fun getting all caught up on your tr.:thumbsup2

P.S. (NYC was a blast!!):)



T.T.F.N.

Glad you had fun in the big apple! Did you see Pods at the Giants game (where the STUNK!)? :faint:

Love your trip report! I went to Hawaii back in 2007 & of course loved it. Looking forward to reminising thru your report and also doing some planning.

Taking my hubby (he's never been) in May for our 1 year anniversary. :goodvibes Hoping to stay at Aulani for a week before headed on our NCL cruise. Don't know if I'll be able to get a week in May at the 7 month window. :confused3

Can't wait to read more!

Great anniversary trip! We were able to get a 1 bdrm OV at 7 months- in August. I think if you go before most schools let out you'll be fine. Especially if you can be flexible about which type of room you get.:wizard:

podsnel
09-16-2012, 10:12 AM
Finally got enough sleep after our trip to be able to access the DISboards and had to find your TR! You bring back so many memories of our honeymoon trip to Kauai DW and I took 30 years ago! Great pics and even better narration. I'm loving the stroll down memory lane and look forward to the rest! Thx podsnel!!

Aloha Bill!! Welcome back! Are you doing a TR? Can you believe it is behind us instead of to look forward to? :sad: I got your PM- and I agree with all of your comments. we HATED that traffic! :rolleyes2 But loved the resort. And loved the North Shore, and the guys we went scuba diving with and kayaking with. Would definitely go back, tho.

Keeping up with the chatter !!!!

Mornin' Rosie!

All caught up, Ellen! :thumbsup2
Your trip sounds really awesome and your photos are breathtaking! I cannot wait for MORE!!!!!!!!!! popcorn:: :goodvibes

Welcome home! Have you started your TR? I am REALLY excited to see you booked BTB on the Fantasy- that is going to be INCREDIBLE!!!!! So happy you like the pics- they don't even come close to doing it justice. Most beautiful place I have ever been. I was literally brought to tears daily by all of it, just so heavenly. :lovestruc

Just found the report the scenery looks amazing

Welcome! And as I said to Karin above, my pics do not even come close to how breathtaking it truly was- heaven on earth.:lovestruc

dizneeat
09-16-2012, 10:43 AM
Welcome home! Have you started your TR? I am REALLY excited to see you booked BTB on the Fantasy- that is going to be INCREDIBLE!!!!! So happy you like the pics- they don't even come close to doing it justice. Most beautiful place I have ever been. I was literally brought to tears daily by all of it, just so heavenly. :lovestruc

Hi Ellen!
I actually started [COLOR="Red"]my trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2993224) yesterday. (see the link here? ;) :lmao:)

We booked those Fantasy cruises about half a year or so ago (well, in February :rotfl2:) and had already the whole trip laid out perfectly. Now, given our trip this year we are going to throw it all around again (but keeping the two cruises ;))

I am really trying to incorporate Hawaii into our 2014 itinerary, but at the moment it does not look good. Flights to California, 4 weeks there AND then a flight to Hawaii and possibly Aulani .... maybe if we win the lottery or flight prices go down. ;) :rotfl2:
In the meantime I am just taking in your photos and am hoping and praying we will make it to Hawaii some time.

englishrose47
09-16-2012, 01:38 PM
Still keeping up!!!!

podsnel
09-16-2012, 01:39 PM
We began our drive back to Kauai Beach resort, where we had left our luggage checked with bell services (never a good idea to leave the luggage in the car when you're hiking, even on Kauai). On the way, we drove through the tree tunnel- although I actually missed the turnoff, because I was checking facebook instead of playing co-pilot at the time. Shhh- don't tell Pods! ;) He thinks the GPS screwed up! :rotfl:

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What was really so amazing about this island was that it seemed everywhere you turned it was just absolutely gorgeous. On the left, on the right- everywhere was beauty.

Oh...to be a school bus driver on Kauai...

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I think I could adjust to living there! We picked up the luggage at KBR and were on our way-

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On our way, in Anahola we tried to find the Kauai Wild Boar and fruit stand- but no luck. Guess we would have to locate something else for Tim & Ty, since Pods & I were having dinner at an adult restaurant tonight.

We were soon approaching the North Shore, and it felt positively jungle like-

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We would be staying in Princeville for the next 3 nights, and wanted to make a quick stop at the Princeville shopping center for a few things. Here we ordered some quesadillas, tacos etc for T&T's dinner at Frederico's Fresh Mex, then Pods & boys went snack shopping at Foodland and I went in search of some wine at the Princeville Wine Market. Grabbed the Mexican food, and it was time to check in-

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We were parked and riding with our tons of luggage on the golf cart to our studio condo. Hanalei Bay resort is almost like 2 resorts in one. On the one hand, it's a timeshare, and you can trade in or book directly through the resort to stay in one of their timeshare properties (which receive mixed reviews, FWIW). We were not doing that- I had rented from a woman named Janice who owns a large condo which she has furnished BEAUTIFULLY, here is a link to see the whole thing- http://www.summitpacificinc.com/430123.html. We were only renting one small part of that, 4303- because we felt that we weren't going to be in the room a whole lot, and we were only staying 3 nights. Any longer, and I definitely would have booked 4302. I would HIGHLY recommend renting from Janice, she was absolutely LOVELY to deal with, she allowed us early check in (which we didn't take advantage of) AND late check out on Tuesday (5pm), left 2 beach chairs and 2 boogie boards for us, too. All of that was wonderful, but the main reason I wanted to rent from Janice was her view. Completely jawdropping, even in the fog and/or rain.

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She left this welcome basket for us- really, so thoughtful-

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Even T&T were impressed with our view-

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Timmy was NOT impressed, however, by the Roosters who were CONSTANTLY crowing outside. :rotfl:

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They ate, we showered, and we left for our romantic dinner-

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Up next- dinner at Kauai Grill, St Regis, Princeville......

englishrose47
09-16-2012, 01:49 PM
The scenery is breathtaking Ellen !!! I agree with the boys Roosters are not fun in the early morning:rotfl2:

podsnel
09-16-2012, 02:47 PM
Tonight we would be dining at the Kauai Grill, which is one of Jean George Vongerichten's restaurants. Saturday was the only night it would be open while we were there, so we did not have much choice about when to go- and thankfully, the boys were fine with it- they were looking forward to chillaxing in bed after our busy, busy day.
I had flip flopped a LOT on this restaurant- it is very expensive, and it gets mixed reviews. But it has amazing views of the sunset, and if I had to eat during the sunset on my first full day on Kauai, well- I had to be somewhere I could watch. So, after dining there myself, I have nothing but good things to say. I thought the whole evening was magnificent.

The resort itself is beautiful.

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Once we had figured out where we were going, we were seated one row away from the windows- so sunset viewing was not going to be a problem. :)
Of course, since I had been obsessing over this restaurant choice for months, I had also been obsessing over the menu for months- starting with the cocktails. I ordered a Ginger Margarita
Sauza Hornitos Reposado Tequila, Ginger, Lime
Ginger Salt

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Yummmm.....Pods tried a Pineapple Mojito
Bacardi Light Rum, Pineapple, Mint
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The pineapple was a nice addition to the traditional mojito. Next were appetizers- and I was slightly torn between two, but ultimately decided I HAD to check this one out- Crispy Poached Eggs
Caviar, Vodka Crème Fraîche
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It was INCREDIBLE!!!!! They actually lightly poach the egg first, then coat it (very gently- they lose a lot of eggs in the process) with panko and deep fry it. Crazy, crazy over-the-top inventive! Pods was in the mood for Grilled shrimp, which is changed from the current menu online-

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Great flavor. It began to downpour outside- the North Shore of Kauai is known to be rainy, so it came as no surprise to anyone, including the paddle boarders and kayakers we were watching out on Hanalei Bay. They just kept on going, and eventually, it stopped...and they kept on going some more.

We shared a bottle of wine with dinner, I believe it was Vouvray “Les Cuvée des Fondraux” 2008 Champalou
Loire Valley, France. I love Vouvray, and this did not disappoint, while being very reasonable at $44, I thought.

For our entrees, Pods chose better than I did. I ordered Hapuupuu
Malaysian Chili Sauce
Thai Basil
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Pods wisely chose the signature entree- Mahi Mahi
Nut and Seed Crust
Sweet and Sour Jus
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THAT was fabulous! I also ordered a side,which was corn with jalepenos and cheese (not on current menu)- it was ok, nothing I'm dying to go back for again.

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The sun was setting-

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and with it, we ordered dessert. I was very curious about this one, so I tried it- White Chocolate and Yuzu Pavlova
Thai Basil Syrup

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I just couldn't do it- it was too far over the top for me, and the waiter graciously noticed I wasn't eating it and removed it from our bill. Pods ordered better AGAIN with Coconut Panna Cotta
Exotic Fruit Salad, Lilikoi Sorbet

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That was so light and delish.

I am really happy we went here, and I would not hesitate to go back- on our way out, we admired the gorgeous St Regis, Princeville (this was formerly the Princeville Hotel, and it is the hotel George Clooney styed in while filming The Descendents- it is also featured in the film. Gotta say, if I was George Clooney, I'd book a suite here, too. OMG, it was soooo nice there!).

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The valet brought our car, and it was back to HBR and to bed- good thing the ST Regis was right next door, we were out like a light in minutes!

Up next- screaming makes you go faster on the ziplines at Princeville Ranch!

ACDSNY
09-16-2012, 03:05 PM
I love the Princeville area and going out to Ke'e Beach to walk the beach and watch the sunset.

dizneeat
09-16-2012, 03:14 PM
Wow! Great updates, Ellen!

The photos in part 1 are again stunning and the food looks ..... well, let's say, VERY inviting. ;)
Just what I need when I am trying to skip dinner. :rotfl2:

podsnel
09-16-2012, 03:43 PM
Well, that's not exactly right. Up next is breakfast, not ziplining- cause you KNOW I gotta eat!! :rotfl:

I was up early and first again, although I think I made it just past sunrise today. Still, I was happy to go sit out on the balcony and just BE, because who could ever get tired of this view-

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Not me, that's for sure. I was still pinching myself every 5 minutes to make sure it was real. Pods woke up and I convinced him we should go into Hanalei for breakfast, letting the boys sleep in a bit longer. We walked to the car, seeing it had rained some more-

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We felt bad for the tennis employees- it seemed they were always swabbin the decks, getting rid of the rain on all the tennis courts with giant squeegies.

I did love the drive into Hanalei every day. I know in the Descendants movie, it seemed George Clooney jogged from his hotel to Hanalei Bay, but this is just not possible (unless he went for a swim on the way). The Hanalei river needs to be crossed to get there. I don't know about George, but for us by car (and everyone else) you do that via a one lane bridge- custom is for 6 cars to pass before 6 cars pass in the other direction. KWIM?

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Driving into sleepy Hanalei, you just know you are going somewhere special-

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It is a little surfer town, and I am head over heels in love with it. :love:

Today we were having breakfast at the Wake Up Cafe. It's described as a local surfer joint. Which is how they describe everywhere in hanalei!

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There were only a few people eating when we arrived. I think it was all of 7am. I went with the recommended specialties- a Mac Nut Cinnamon Roll for $4(I ordered a second for the boys)

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and OMG, the BEST yogurt brekkie ever-the Hanalei Bowl- half a papaya topped with yogurt and homemade granola ($9.50)

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Pods got a not so great omelet- the server said our best things are starred, and omelets were not starred, so his loss for not paying attention-)

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We placed an order to take back with us (oh- did I mention the coffee? I should- it was amazing!). I wanted to get Tyler the Over the Falls- french toast, topped with pineapple, coconut and whipped cream made with Portuguese sweet bread ($9.50). Unfortunately, that one doesn't pack well, so I had to choose plain french toast for Tim and some kind of eggs for Ty. On the way back, we pulled over to look at the Taro Fields (and I am cursing myself because it was cloudy that morning- I meant to go back when it was sunny! I need another trip! I missed a photo! :rotfl:).

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Back in 4303, T&T were up, and having I think Skittles for breakfast-:scared1:

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Which was then changed to brekkie on the balcony-

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And our first rainbow of the trip-

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Heaven. Pure heaven.

Up next- ziplines!!!!

franandaj
09-16-2012, 03:55 PM
Nice update! The room looks great. I assume that being a third floor unit you had to climb stairs to get there right?

You're starting to sell me on Kauai (although I really want to do the Big Island), we may do both and Aulani!

MAGICFOR2
09-17-2012, 10:01 AM
Hi Ellen! You got some amazing pics! Looks like paradise with a capital P! I thought Oahu was beautiful, but Kauai is beyond words.

Im glad you took advantage of going to dinner at Kauai Grill. It's not like you could just save it for next week or something. :thumbsup2

What a fun adventure for your brekkie! You had my kind of breakfast this time!:lmao:

Wicket's Mom
09-17-2012, 08:14 PM
I'm back & getting caught up. I love the pictures of Kuai, (my spelling isn't so good), exactly the type of place I would like to visit!

I love the outfit you wore to dinner, the colors are beautiful!

saintstickets
09-17-2012, 09:31 PM
And our first rainbow of the trip-
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That's one thing I remember from our trip 30 years ago...plenty of rainbows. It rains so much that there are plenty of opportunities. Great TR! I can't wait to read more.

ACDSNY
09-17-2012, 10:27 PM
You're starting to sell me on Kauai (although I really want to do the Big Island), we may do both and Aulani!

Great idea! Kauai, Big Island and Aulani :thumbsup2

anewmac
09-17-2012, 11:33 PM
you guys party like rock stars I wanna vacation with ya .. oh wait LOL. Food looks yum. And of course the views are breath taking.

MEK
09-18-2012, 08:47 AM
OMG - I looked at all your pictures this morning and they are stunning! The view from your condo is amazing. I didn't realize you were going to so many different destinations while you were visiting. Of course - you are still saving the best for last.

The resort where you had dinner looks phenomenal. Of course, reading quickly this morning I can't even remember where you said you went, but it looks like it was the perfect night out. The food looks amazing.

I promise to go back and reread when I am not as rushed. :goodvibes

papertraveller
09-18-2012, 06:49 PM
Hi Ellen,
Your photos are simply magnificent. 'Nuff said!
Keep it coming girl!

englishrose47
09-18-2012, 08:54 PM
That Rainbow pix is awesome !!!!

G'sMaman
09-19-2012, 03:18 PM
Love :lovestruc your trip reports and love the Princeville Resort as well! It’s one of my favorite places to visit. When we stayed there a couple of years ago, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler were filming a movie there. Wasn’t really a fan of Adam Sandler’s, but every time we ran into him he couldn’t have been nicer to my DD who was 3 at the time. He seemed like he's probably a pretty great father. Really looking forward to the rest of your report! :surfweb:

podsnel
09-21-2012, 10:01 AM
The scenery is breathtaking Ellen !!! I agree with the boys Roosters are not fun in the early morning:rotfl2:

Yea, well- roosters are a part of the Kauai package, whether ya like them or not! :rotfl: Fortunately, the room was quiet when the door was closed- kind of. :rolleyes2

Hi Ellen!
I actually started my trip report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2993224) yesterday. (see the link here? ;) :lmao:)

We booked those Fantasy cruises about half a year or so ago (well, in February :rotfl2:) and had already the whole trip laid out perfectly. Now, given our trip this year we are going to throw it all around again (but keeping the two cruises ;))

I am really trying to incorporate Hawaii into our 2014 itinerary, but at the moment it does not look good. Flights to California, 4 weeks there AND then a flight to Hawaii and possibly Aulani .... maybe if we win the lottery or flight prices go down. ;) :rotfl2:
In the meantime I am just taking in your photos and am hoping and praying we will make it to Hawaii some time.

You going to Hawaii is like me going to New Zealand- that's alot of flight time. When I make that trip, I will be going halfway and staying a while before I do the rest. And yea- I'll have to win the lottery to do it, too!

Nice update! The room looks great. I assume that being a third floor unit you had to climb stairs to get there right?

You're starting to sell me on Kauai (although I really want to do the Big Island), we may do both and Aulani!

YOU saved my BUTT the other day- and you don't even know, because I didn't stick around to post, I was too busy freaking out and changing flights and hotels!!! :worship: I saw in a thread you were on what the dates are for next year's D23 event- and how the villas are sold out already for some dates at 11 mos out. :sad: :scared1: I am hoping to score GCV at 7 mos out- I hope I do have some kind of a shot right at 7 months- EXCEPT when it is that expo weekend!! OMG- I was on the phone with United and the Ahwahnee and the Charlotte Hotel changing everything to the next week. I was a little worried about the flights, I'm using miles and there are a ton of planes, and United is messed up and who knows WHAT they'll put out there. But I called the Ahwahnee at EXACTLY 1 year and 1 day out because it's August. SO FREAKED OUT. Anyway, as of now I had to add another day (no good flights on 8/7 to San Fran for 12.500 points) but they are messing around with everything, so I am hopeful they will release more as time goes by. Cross your fingers for us!

Now- for your question- yes, sorry, we did have to climb stairs. No elevator, but there was a porter who helped with our ton of luggage. And the way the building was, it was only up one flight- because it's built on a hill, the 1st floor was actually a flight down.

Definitely do both!! :goodvibes I have been to the Big Island and it is very different from Kauai- kauai is just so lush and green- Hawaii reminds me of vacationing the moon. :rotfl:

Hi Ellen! You got some amazing pics! Looks like paradise with a capital P! I thought Oahu was beautiful, but Kauai is beyond words.

Im glad you took advantage of going to dinner at Kauai Grill. It's not like you could just save it for next week or something. :thumbsup2

What a fun adventure for your brekkie! You had my kind of breakfast this time!:lmao:

I agree, Kauai IS beyond words. I need a thesaurus, there are only so many times I can say Beautiful, goreous, breathtaking and amazing- and I am only on the third day! :rotfl: Oahu also was lovely, but I felt like there to get to the beauty, you had to first pass by factories, parking lots, traffic, highways, traffic, traffic and traffic to see it. On Kauai, when you sat in traffic, it lasted 10 minutes, and you were still blown away by the view. Very different.

I'm back & getting caught up. I love the pictures of Kuai, (my spelling isn't so good), exactly the type of place I would like to visit!

I love the outfit you wore to dinner, the colors are beautiful!

Thank you! I ordered it from Nordstrom's online- it looked Hawaiian to me! :)

podsnel
09-21-2012, 10:15 AM
I love the Princeville area and going out to Ke'e Beach to walk the beach and watch the sunset.

Sorry- I missed you on that last one!

We loved it there, too. We did got to Ke'e, but during the day- so sunset there will have to go on my list for next time (and then we'll have dinner at Med Gourmet on the way back- already planning my return!! :rotfl:

Wow! Great updates, Ellen!

The photos in part 1 are again stunning and the food looks ..... well, let's say, VERY inviting. ;)
Just what I need when I am trying to skip dinner. :rotfl2:

After vacation dieting SUCKS!!! It's just another dose of cruel reality where calories count again! :(

That's one thing I remember from our trip 30 years ago...plenty of rainbows. It rains so much that there are plenty of opportunities. Great TR! I can't wait to read more.

Loved all the rainbows- saw loads of them on Oahu, too!

Great idea! Kauai, Big Island and Aulani :thumbsup2

YES!! DEFINITELY!!

you guys party like rock stars I wanna vacation with ya .. oh wait LOL. Food looks yum. And of course the views are breath taking.

I can't WAIT for next May!!! :rockband:party:

OMG - I looked at all your pictures this morning and they are stunning! The view from your condo is amazing. I didn't realize you were going to so many different destinations while you were visiting. Of course - you are still saving the best for last.

The resort where you had dinner looks phenomenal. Of course, reading quickly this morning I can't even remember where you said you went, but it looks like it was the perfect night out. The food looks amazing.

I promise to go back and reread when I am not as rushed. :goodvibes

It is such a hike to get there, I would hate to only visit one island- really, each one is very different from the rest. I am going to have a VERY hard time figuring out my next Hawaii vacation, tho- because I want to go back to Maui, and I will NEVER visit Hawaii without spending time on Kauai ever again- and then there's that Disney resort....so much to decide! Where's my winning lottery ticket already????:rotfl:

Hi Ellen,
Your photos are simply magnificent. 'Nuff said!
Keep it coming girl!

THANKS!!! And I will update later today- I REALLY need to get to BJ's....

That Rainbow pix is awesome !!!!

Thanks Rosie!:goodvibes

Love :lovestruc your trip reports and love the Princeville Resort as well! It’s one of my favorite places to visit. When we stayed there a couple of years ago, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler were filming a movie there. Wasn’t really a fan of Adam Sandler’s, but every time we ran into him he couldn’t have been nicer to my DD who was 3 at the time. He seemed like he's probably a pretty great father. Really looking forward to the rest of your report! :surfweb:

Well, that's very kind, thank-you! How cool about adam Sandler! They make soooo many movies on that North Shore- and sooo many celebrities have homes there- if I were a celeb, I know that's where I would want to be, too. Crap AGAIN! Where's my winning lottery ticket???? :rotfl2:

papertraveller
09-21-2012, 06:59 PM
Love :lovestruc your trip reports and love the Princeville Resort as well! It’s one of my favorite places to visit. When we stayed there a couple of years ago, Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler were filming a movie there. Wasn’t really a fan of Adam Sandler’s, but every time we ran into him he couldn’t have been nicer to my DD who was 3 at the time. He seemed like he's probably a pretty great father. Really looking forward to the rest of your report! :surfweb:

We got that movie in a basket at a school fundraiser. It's called Just Go With It. And in the genre of Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler rom-coms, it's not bad. And I say this having sat through it at least four times. The check-in scene at the hotel is pretty funny. The scenery, of course, is terrific.

podsnel
09-22-2012, 10:39 AM
We got that movie in a basket at a school fundraiser. It's called Just Go With It. And in the genre of Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler rom-coms, it's not bad. And I say this having sat through it at least four times. The check-in scene at the hotel is pretty funny. The scenery, of course, is terrific.

Oh yea! I've seen it, too (although not nearly as much as you!). It really amazes me how many movies have been filmed there, including POC On Stranger Tides (and I have my own movie of where they filmed from this trip!) I'll have to find a list and add it into my next update.:idea: I LOVE Rom-coms....

rndmr2
09-22-2012, 06:29 PM
Glad you enjoyed your dinner at the Kauai Grill, it's really pretty there and you had a great view from your table. That dessert you ordered did look a little crazy, what was all that?

Beautiful view from your room, must have been awesome to have breakfast out on the balcony.

G'sMaman
09-23-2012, 01:23 PM
We got that movie in a basket at a school fundraiser. It's called Just Go With It. And in the genre of Jennifer Aniston-Adam Sandler rom-coms, it's not bad. And I say this having sat through it at least four times. The check-in scene at the hotel is pretty funny. The scenery, of course, is terrific.

Good memory! I always meant to go see the movie, but it seemed like it came and went pretty quickly. I'll have to see if it's still available on DVD. It's always funny to see what ends up in the movies. They can spend weeks shooting at a particular location and it ends up only being 5 minutes of the finished movie. :rotfl:

Oh yea! I've seen it, too (although not nearly as much as you!). It really amazes me how many movies have been filmed there, including POC On Stranger Tides (and I have my own movie of where they filmed from this trip!) I'll have to find a list and add it into my next update.:idea: I LOVE Rom-coms....

Great idea! I have already added The Descendants to my list based on your TR. Your pictures are amazing and are the perfect reminder of why we love going to Kauai. We live in San Francisco so flights to Hawaii are not too bad, but we skipped Kauai this year and went to Aulani instead and loved it, especially with a toddler in tow. I told my husband if we bought some Aulani points then I would forego our trips to the Princeville Resort . . . at least for now. ;) Oh, the bargains we have to strike to get our DVC fix. :rotfl:

podsnel
09-23-2012, 03:33 PM
On Sunday morning, we had booked a Zip and Dip tour at Princeville Ranch Adventures- http://princevilleranch.com/ The zip n dip included 9 ziplines, a hike through the rainforest to a watering hole and small waterfall where we would have a picnic lunch. The boys were REALLY excited about doing this- I was looking forward to it, too. Although I am afraid of heights, I was pretty sure once I did it, I would be over it and I would love it! Well....I was right! I loved it! There were 12 of us in our group, plus our two AWESOME guides, Kaye & Chet. They start you off with a little one, and the lines keep getting bigger and bigger until the end when you ride the double zip- King Kong. Ok- THAT one I was shaking on, it's a little different than the rest- but more on that later. First- a few pics of the others-

We got into our harnesses and boarded a truck for the short ride to the ziplines-

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My family went first-

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It's nice that they have that little practice one, but when you do it the first time, you are scared nonetheless! There was one woman in our grouop who was absolutely TERRIFIED- and she never got over it. She would not even open her eyes- and she was shaking like a leaf. We all felt so bad for her- I can't begin to imagine how stressful it all was for her.

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We actually chose this zipline tour for several reasons- at the top of the list was that it was located about 5 minutes from where we were staying...but, besides that, it gets excellent reviews and it has the kind of ziplines where you run off a ramp- somehow that is less stressful when you are afraid of heights- I know this because King Kong is NOT a ramp- but more on that later-

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On the website, the video says screaming makes you go faster! So I always made sure to test that theory when it was my turn!

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The zip n dip also includes a swinging bridge- THAT was pretty scary, it took a while for me to get across! But Timmy went first, and Kay shook the bridge the whole time- it was pretty funny. She also ran across before any of us, with no hands, and challenged us to do the same. Pods made it about 1/3 of the way like that- me, I wasn't up for that challenge AT ALL!

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Crap-Photobucket issues- back with more soon-:crazy2:

podsnel
09-23-2012, 07:55 PM
Ok...so that time I couldn't even close the page the PB was on- what a mess that sight is lately! Anywho..... we walked over to another zip-

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On the next one I took some pics of myself while I was flying through the air, so I guess I was comfortable doing this now!

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It was beautiful on that ranch- well, DUH! Of course it was!!! It was on Kauai!!

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We did a group pic-

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Our guides told us to jump-

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So then we told them to jump-

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Those guides were the BEST- I really loved Kay, she was hilarious.

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At the end she hugged me good bye twice and told me what a great family I had- that made me like her EVEN MORE! :rotfl:

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This is Chet coming in- Kay told us to high five him- he said it was awesome and it made his day!

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Then it was time for a hike into the rainforest-

PB issues AGAIN!!! :headache: Back in a minute-

ACDSNY
09-23-2012, 08:23 PM
Love the pics!

You're a braver woman than I was. Six of us did the Hike, Zip and Kayak tour in 2008 at the Princeville Ranch, I took pics instead of doing the ziplines. We all loved the tour and guides. We had a couple from NYC in our group so the guides kept telling them to watch out for wild pigs and kept making pig noises. We raised pigs so we knew the noises were nowhere close to the real thing, so it kept us all laughing on the hike.:rotfl2:

KristiMc
09-23-2012, 08:49 PM
That looks like so much fun. That is on my list for when I get to Hawaii - someday :)

podsnel
09-23-2012, 09:20 PM
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Above us was a zip we had already done-

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This part was muddy and slippery on the rocks- once again, I was ELATED we were wearing Keens. The hike was rated moderate, and was just over a mile in.

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While the guides got lunch ready, we all grabbed an inner tube and jumped in the watering hole. To get in, we all climbed up a little cliff and jumped in.

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Except...jumping off was freakin me out!!! It was only maybe 8 feet, but I was freaked! What a loser!!! :rotfl: But, I really wanted to go swimming, and the group encouraged me- so I sucked it up and jumped. We had a really, really great bunch of people with us that day- I LOVED those total strangers!:rotfl: I KNOW! You're SHOCKED!!!

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That was not me jumping, by the way. But she looks much better in her swimsuit than I did in mine, so you can look at her instead. We floated around for a while-

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It was a great way to cool off. Then it was time to get out and eat. DUH!! I didn't have to jump! I could have just gone in the way we got out! I am just so stupid sometimes it's a wonder I remember to breathe!

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Lunch was make your own sandwiches and cookies. It tasted great. See the little cat in the pic?

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He lives there. Someone tried to find him a home, and moved him about 5 miles away. He ended up coming back. That cat REALLY wants to be there!

A pretty view for lunch-

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Then it was time for our last zip- King Kong- yikes!! 26 ft high platform, on the edge of a ravine, 1200 feet long, and side by side- a double. First you had to climb up this-

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And lemme tell ya- I was shaking by the time I got to the top.:scared1: Then they unhook you from the wire you were attached to coming up, and ask you to stand on a box on the edge of that platform so they can attach you to the zip.

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No lie- my knees were knockin together! It was really high up there!! Remember I said King Kong was different than the other zips? Well, that's because there is no ramp, and you just jump off. Seriously. I had heart palpitations over 8 feet, and now THIS??? OMG- not only that, but you also have to grab the brake yourself- on all the other zips, the guides stop you. So even the nice woman who was terrified was going to have to open her eyes on this one.

I was shaking so much when T&T came up the ramp I am AMAZED this pic isn't blurry-

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Oh- and one other tiny detail. You'd better make sure you are going fast. Because if you don't make it all the way across, well, you are outta luck. And they have to manually drag your big ol' humiliated butt all the way in. Which is not easy and NOT good.

In case there was any doubt in my jumping off and zipping, not to worry. The only thing scarier to me than jumping off a 26 foot high platform is getting stuck in the middle of a 1200 foot zipline hanging 50 or so feet in the air over some ravine.

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I balled up into a canon ball and shot right past Pods!

I even managed to take his picture as I was about to sail past him-

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My favorite group of total strangers cheered like crazy when I beat him- especially Kay. I really miss her!

The boys were the last right after us- here they come!

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They were very impressed I had beaten their Dad. Good thing I had all those total strangers to vouch for me, because they never would have believed just me.

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A short walk back to the truck, and it was time to say good bye. I overheard Kay telling Chet when we were leaving that she was really going to miss all of us- that we were the best group ever. Awwww..... I really miss her, too...

Fwiw, I thought this was an EXCELLENT way to spend 4 hours- it was REALLY cool, very thrilling. T&T thought so too. Pods, on the other hand, thought it was kind of tame.

I guess it takes a LOT to get a CPA's heart pumping. I've decided to arrange his next excursion soon- we're going to throw him out of an airplane with a paper napkin for a parachute. Woohoo!!! Maybe that'll get him THRILLED, lol!

Up next- well, they have beaches in Kauai, don't they?? Let's do something new- let's RELAX.......

podsnel
09-23-2012, 09:52 PM
Glad you enjoyed your dinner at the Kauai Grill, it's really pretty there and you had a great view from your table. That dessert you ordered did look a little crazy, what was all that?

Beautiful view from your room, must have been awesome to have breakfast out on the balcony.

The dessert had a thai basil sauce on it. It tasted extremely herbacious- I LOVE to try everything, but I was not willing to try more than once with that one.

It WAS awesome to have ANYTHING on the balcony- I did love being there sooooo much. So incredible.

Good memory! I always meant to go see the movie, but it seemed like it came and went pretty quickly. I'll have to see if it's still available on DVD. It's always funny to see what ends up in the movies. They can spend weeks shooting at a particular location and it ends up only being 5 minutes of the finished movie. :rotfl:

I think I watched it on DVD- I didn't see it in the theatre. Now, of course, I need to watch it again so I can say- I was on that beach! I was at that hotel! :rotfl:

Great idea! I have already added The Descendants to my list based on your TR. Your pictures are amazing and are the perfect reminder of why we love going to Kauai. We live in San Francisco so flights to Hawaii are not too bad, but we skipped Kauai this year and went to Aulani instead and loved it, especially with a toddler in tow. I told my husband if we bought some Aulani points then I would forego our trips to the Princeville Resort . . . at least for now. ;) Oh, the bargains we have to strike to get our DVC fix. :rotfl:

That's a really good movie- the book was excellent, too. You live in SF? I just booked our flight there for next year- August 6th. :goodvibes Can't wait! I think we're going to stay at the Suites at Fisherman's Wharf- all based on the fact that we'll have 2 rooms instead of being crammed into one for 4 nights. So far I am planning to ride bikes over the GG Bridge to Sausalito and take the ferry back, hopefully catch a Giants game, hike in Muir woods (I adored Muir woods when I visited the last time), visit the Disney museum, go to Alcatraz.....then we're headed to Yosemite with an overnight on the way at the Charlotte Hotel (after we raft with Sunshine Rafting) and then 2 nights at the Ahwahnee.....then a night somewhere on the way to DL and hopefully 5 nights at GCV. ANY advice or recommendations you:goodvibes have on your lovely city- well, I'm all ears!

Oh! And good luck on convincing your DH! Sounds great to me!!!

podsnel
09-23-2012, 09:59 PM
Love the pics!

You're a braver woman than I was. Six of us did the Hike, Zip and Kayak tour in 2008 at the Princeville Ranch, I took pics instead of doing the ziplines. We all loved the tour and guides. We had a couple from NYC in our group so the guides kept telling them to watch out for wild pigs and kept making pig noises. We raised pigs so we knew the noises were nowhere close to the real thing, so it kept us all laughing on the hike.:rotfl2:

How did you get across if you didn't zip? They have 9 lines now- maybe it was different then? That's VERY funny about the pigs- it must be a pre-requisite to have a great sense of humor to be employed there. :rotfl: That kayak trip looks great. Maybe I'll do that next time-

That looks like so much fun. That is on my list for when I get to Hawaii - someday :)

It was a blast- extremely empowering!

ACDSNY
09-23-2012, 10:33 PM
How did you get across if you didn't zip? They have 9 lines now- maybe it was different then? That's VERY funny about the pigs- it must be a pre-requisite to have a great sense of humor to be employed there. :rotfl: That kayak trip looks great. Maybe I'll do that next time-

There were two lines side by side so they zipped across, then crossed a ladder bridge to the second line and zipped back to where I was waiting. Then we hiked a little further to the kayak place. The water fall and swimming hole we went to looked very different too.

From Oct 2008

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I found this youtube (http://www.princevilleranch.com/emvideo/modal/108/425/350/field_video/youtube/lw8hn_PL2AE)of the tour we did.

MEK
09-24-2012, 07:59 AM
We had a really, really great bunch of people with us that day- I LOVED those total strangers!:rotfl: I KNOW! You're SHOCKED!!!

Yes, for you, this REALLY is shocking. :rotfl2:



It was a great way to cool off. Then it was time to get out and eat. DUH!! I didn't have to jump! I could have just gone in the way we got out! I am just so stupid sometimes it's a wonder I remember to breathe!

Now that's funny! And you even admitted it! :rotfl: I'm l;aughing because I would probably do the same thing.


Lunch was make your own sandwiches and cookies. It tasted great. See the little cat in the pic?

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He lives there. Someone tried to find him a home, and moved him about 5 miles away. He ended up coming back. That cat REALLY wants to be there!

That's a cool story about the cat. He probably gets a lot of attention. Why relocate?


No lie- my knees were knockin together! It was really high up there!! Remember I said King Kong was different than the other zips? Well, that's because there is no ramp, and you just jump off. Seriously. I had heart palpitations over 8 feet, and now THIS??? OMG- not only that, but you also have to grab the brake yourself- on all the other zips, the guides stop you. So even the nice woman who was terrified was going to have to open her eyes on this one.

I was shaking so much when T&T came up the ramp I am AMAZED this pic isn't blurry-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/Kauai%202012/Kauaiwat111_zps3873d0f9.jpg

Oh- and one other tiny detail. You'd better make sure you are going fast. Because if you don't make it all the way across, well, you are outta luck. And they have to manually drag your big ol' humiliated butt all the way in. Which is not easy and NOT good.

In case there was any doubt in my jumping off and zipping, not to worry. The only thing scarier to me than jumping off a 26 foot high platform is getting stuck in the middle of a 1200 foot zipline hanging 50 or so feet in the air over some ravine.

I balled up into a canon ball and shot right past Pods! :rotfl2:

OMG - I was getting anxious just reading this. :laughing: But woo hoo for you passing Pods and leaving him in the dust. :woohoo:


Fwiw, I thought this was an EXCELLENT way to spend 4 hours- it was REALLY cool, very thrilling. T&T thought so too. Pods, on the other hand, thought it was kind of tame.

I guess it takes a LOT to get a CPA's heart pumping. I've decided to arrange his next excursion soon- we're going to throw him out of an airplane with a paper napkin for a parachute. Woohoo!!! Maybe that'll get him THRILLED, lol!



What? :faint: He really said that? Did the boys love it? It really does sound so cool and I even saw all your pictures this morning. :goodvibes

chepic
09-24-2012, 08:00 AM
Great photos......have to tell you I had the willies just looking at your photos. Doing a zip line is definitely on my "to do list" for some day, but man oh man that last one is a doozie!!!!


Cheryl

podsnel
09-24-2012, 08:06 AM
There were two lines side by side so they zipped across, then crossed a ladder bridge to the second line and zipped back to where I was waiting. Then we hiked a little further to the kayak place. The water fall and swimming hole we went to looked very different too.

From Oct 2008

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I found this youtube (http://www.princevilleranch.com/emvideo/modal/108/425/350/field_video/youtube/lw8hn_PL2AE)of the tour we did.

You are right! That waterfall is completely different- well, I guess it would make sense that there was more than one area. That ranch is enormous! They showed us the strawberry guava on our hike too- (I saw it on your vid). So glad we went there! And thanks for showing your pics! I LOVED seeing them!::yes:::goodvibes

CRdisMom
09-24-2012, 08:48 AM
omg my knees wwould have been knocking so loudly! COngrats that looks like a ton of fun

dvc4life
09-24-2012, 08:59 AM
Wow! What an excursion. Looks like lots of fun but my heart would be pouding like crazy too! Great job beating Pods. And your photos are awesome.

podsnel
09-24-2012, 09:17 AM
So back to Hanalei Bay Resort, and after we grabbed the two beach chairs that were left for us by Janice the owner, we walked down to the beach. Here is a map of the resort-

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We were actually in the building right next to the path, so that was nice. It was about a 5 minute or so walk down the hill, again, really gorgeous every minute you are on Kauai-

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At the bottom of the walkway, there was a volleyball net on the left, the St Regis Princeville was on the right-

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Both HBR and the St Regis share a beach- the difference being if you are a guest of the SR you can sit in a lounge chair and HBR guests need to bring their own. Well, that and that my room was $160 a night, and theirs was $600 or so- so, I am really good with carryin a chair! Lol!

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It was so nice to sit down and relax.........

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I could stare at Makana Ridge all day (Bali Hai)-that is the point kind of hiding on the right in the above photo.

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It began to rain, and stop, and rain a little more, and stop- and after a bit, we decided to go check out the pool for a while. We had thought we would just walk back up, but we decided to just hop on the tram instead- it was a steep climg back up to the resort, and after 2 solid days of activity, we deserved a break!

Cont'd next post....

podsnel
09-24-2012, 10:51 AM
The pool at HBR is very, very pretty- waterfalls, hot tubs- very nice. The only downside I can see is that there is no bar, no restaurant. This is due to a fire which occured a couple of years ago, and there is some kind of issue with the rebuilding. I had read that they had a grill set up for hot dogs and burgers, but we never saw this when we were there- although that may have been because we were not there at the right time.

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The resort did have activities if you were interested. We just already had so much going on in our limited Kauai time that we did not partake. But here is what was offered, in case you are interested-

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There was an area renting out snorkel gear, sand chairs, etc and handing out towels-

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They also offered in room massages for $95/hour, $115/1.5 hours. We would be having massages at Aulani, so we didn't partake.

I tried to take a toe pic for all my piggies' fans-

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Pods went up to the room and filled some empty water bottles with wine so we could have cocktails by the pool even if there was no bar. Yea, that's right- my idea. I'm always thinkin! :rotfl: After the boys threw the waboba around for a while, Timmy decided he wanted to play tennis (he only plays tennis on vacation- I have yet to see him pick up a racket and go over to the local part to hit the ball around. But at any resort, if there's a tennis court, it becomes a MUST do for him!). Lucky Pods, he was elected to be the other player, so I could continue my focus on relaxing.

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The rain came again, and we decided to head back and shower up for dinner. We passed some Nene (Hawaiian Geese) on the way-

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They are only found on Hawaii, and are the state bird.

Up next- Tahiti Nui for dinner BABY!

dizneeat
09-24-2012, 03:26 PM
What an awesome pool! :worship: Just sad that there was no bar. ;)

Thanks for posting all those pics - I REALLY enjoy this trip to Hawaii with you! :goodvibes

MEK
09-24-2012, 04:13 PM
Wow - that resort is gorgeous. It's different. It feel very natural in the landscaping and the structure of the pool and waterfalls. Nice.

Oh - and love the blue toe nails! :rotfl:

Bummer to no bar, but I knew you would think of something. :thumbsup2

podsnel
09-25-2012, 08:17 AM
Yes, for you, this REALLY is shocking. :rotfl2:

It's true- I am a bit of a wallflower...:rolleyes1


Now that's funny! And you even admitted it! :rotfl: I'm l;aughing because I would probably do the same thing.

Yes, yes you would!!:rotfl:

That's a cool story about the cat. He probably gets a lot of attention. Why relocate?

Definitely! He was very cute, and a little guy, too.:cutie:

OMG - I was getting anxious just reading this. :laughing: But woo hoo for you passing Pods and leaving him in the dust. :woohoo:

That was the only one that gave me pause- except for the first one. The rest of the time it was just WOOHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!:banana:

What? :faint: He really said that? Did the boys love it? It really does sound so cool and I even saw all your pictures this morning. :goodvibes

He said he thought it was a great day and was glad we did it, but he didn't think it was all that daredevilish. Except for the last one. There are other courses on the island (actually, there are 7 or 8, I think) and some of them are the kind where you always jump off and kind of get that little fall before you zip- I think he would have found that more heart pumping. But for all of us, this was the right choice. Especially for the first time, and it included so MANY ziplines. I would go back- it was a first rate operation. And, as I said, I miss Kay- I had a blast goofing around with her that day!

Great photos......have to tell you I had the willies just looking at your photos. Doing a zip line is definitely on my "to do list" for some day, but man oh man that last one is a doozie!!!!


Cheryl

Definitely do it!! My kids LOVED it, it was a great experience all around. I knew I was going to be afraid at first, but you really feel safe, and it is just soooooo much fun! The fear disappears. Except for that one woman- and she had a vacation of all things she was terrified of with her family, I don't know how she did it.

podsnel
09-25-2012, 08:35 AM
omg my knees wwould have been knocking so loudly! COngrats that looks like a ton of fun

YOU could have done it! :thumbsup2

And we are all still enjoying the ball o twine postcard....Pods said, "So- is that someone's house? ::yes:: I told hime YES! My friend Laura's! She has a twine obsession- it's a little much! :rotfl:

Wow! What an excursion. Looks like lots of fun but my heart would be pouding like crazy too! Great job beating Pods. And your photos are awesome.

Thank-you. I was looking at them last night on my ipad- they look MUCH prettier on there than they do on my Dell- score another point for apple....

What an awesome pool! :worship: Just sad that there was no bar. ;)

Thanks for posting all those pics - I REALLY enjoy this trip to Hawaii with you! :goodvibes

It wasn't so sad- it was actually a $$ saver- we made up for it at Aulani- plenty of bars there!:thumbsup2 Glad you like the pics!

Wow - that resort is gorgeous. It's different. It feel very natural in the landscaping and the structure of the pool and waterfalls. Nice.

Oh - and love the blue toe nails! :rotfl:

Bummer to no bar, but I knew you would think of something. :thumbsup2

Yes, I'm very resourceful that way....:thumbsup2:rotfl:

podsnel
09-25-2012, 09:34 AM
Tonight, dinner was in Hanalei. :hippie: We were going to Tahiti Nui, a longstanding bar/restaurant on Kauai. I knew I was going here 2 years ago when I started my planning- George Clooney's butt on a bar stool there only sealed the deal (this is the bar where he finds his uncle, played by Beau Bridges, in the Descendents). The Nui is known for lots of local character, a decent meal, and music every night (or nearly every night). No ressies, walked in about 6:00 and were given a choice of seats- we chose inside because of the music.

I had heard they make the best MaiTai on Kauai, so I checked that out-

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It was yummmmm....good enough to get a second when this one was through. Pods had a Longboard, I think. Our server was very cute and sweet, and we placed our orders pretty quickly. I guess we should have paid more attention to all of what tyler was ordering, but all I heard was Ceaser Salad for an app, and that REALLY threw me- Tyler NEVER eats salad. But he said he was "I dunno- just in the mood."

I should have paid closer attention.

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Food came out fast- I was having Panko Crusted Ono Roll-

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It was really ono- very, very good. Tyler got his salad, but Pods food didn't come out, so I just shared mine. And ordered number 2-

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Then all the food came out together. Pods' app was fish carpaccio-

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He liked it, but I couldn't bring myself to try it- something about cheese on fish makes me gag :crazy2: I think because in Italian cooking, that's kind of a no no, and I have great trust and faith in all those Italian cookers everywhere. so...

I had Macadamia Nut Crusted Ono with Coconut Cilantro Lime Sauce-

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Again, it was ono- Pods got seared Ahi with wasabi sauce-

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That was delicious. Timmy got the same thing, with the sauce on the side-

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Why did Timmy get it? Because it was an ahi STEAK. And no matter how much we tried to tell him it was tuna- well, he kept on saying, "No- it's a steak!"

Of course, the new salad eater had something coming too. He had ordered pizza.

Not a slice.

An entire #8 Full House Meat Pizza.

Which required him to move to a seperate table, because he and his meal for a family of 4 but just for one couldn't fit with us.

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Didn't mean to post yet, but surprise, surprise, my Dell wanted to and my Dell has more say in it than me. So....cont'd next post- Grrrrrrrrr.....

Wicket's Mom
09-25-2012, 10:09 AM
That is so what my one son would do! He is an eating machine, thank goodness he has a high metabolism!

I want to do a zip line, but DH says no way! We are somewhat fearful of heights. Grand Canyon really freaked me out!

Love to try some of those drinks, that I can do with no problem!

podsnel
09-25-2012, 10:15 AM
So...Tyler had a WHOLE Tiki Man #8 to himself-

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Does anyone else find this funny? Because I have to say, he STILL has not lived this one down. We were ALL :rotfl2: :lmao: :rotfl2:Timmy loved that pizza- not that he had any to eat. But, well, you know- the whole brother thing....he got a LOT of mileage out of #8!


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REALLY Tyler?? REALLY??? A WHOLE pizza? What were you thinking??

"I dunno. I just felt like pizza."

:rotfl2:

"Tyler, this is one pizza you are NEVER gonna forget. Because, one day, Tyler, your wife is gonna look at you and scream, WHY DO YOU KEEP DOIN' ALL THIS STUPID STUFF? And you are going to say...."

"Well, it all began with #8."

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:rotfl2::rotfl2:

While we waited for Tyler to make any kind of dent in Tiki Man #8 (their pizza is Tiki Man Pizza), Tim and I decided to swap shoes-

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UGH. I HATE that they grow up so big so fast.

We enjoyed the entertainment- I especially loved hearing this particular song here, in this place-

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I mean, who doesn't associate that song with Hanalei? It was running through my head every minute we were there. Even more so than "The best part of wakin up, is Bacon in your cup!"

Which either you are reading the DISmom TR and know what I'm talking about, or you think I have finally gone off on a tangent I am never coming back from. Either way, I am sure I have stuck some tune in your head for the rest of the day, and for that I say, "You're welcome!". :p

Oh boy.

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See the wahine with the white bikini top? Pretty sure she was topless and then they covered her up.

So...in case you haven't gathered, we had a GREAT time at Tahiti Nui. LOTS and LOTS of laughs- so much so, that when I brought it up yesterday, we all were crackin up laughing like we were still there. Another GREAT memory from Kauai for my family....

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And oh yeah...in case you were wondering, we brought most of Tiki Man Pizza #8 home with us that night....it was like adding a 5th person to the room. :goodvibes

Up next- HURRY!!! We need to see the sunset!!!

podsnel
09-25-2012, 11:06 AM
It had been raining on and off throughout our dinner, but it was clear now and I was pretty sure that meant the sunset would be really nice. We did not have far to go to the Hanalei Pier, and..oh....I was out-of-my-mind excited to get there. That pier- I don't know what it is, but it just brings tears to my eyes. I could not wait to see it.

Well, we were just a little too late. But still, this is what we saw when we got there-

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JUST missed it, but that was ok, because it still took my breath away.

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I took about 100 photos I think, I was completely smitten with the whole thing. This bay, and this pier, draws many people every night for sunset. Cars are all lined up on the beach, and I would say most of the cars are locals. Sunset there isn't just sunset. It is a timeless treasure to be honored and blissfully appreciated everyday. Loads of families were there- all the kids and some of the adults on the pier jumping into the water one last time before it was too late. We were in clothes today, but you can bet we were going to come back so my kids could be a part of that, too.

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We took turns with the boys-

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And how many fingers is Tim holding up?

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Yea, we were still laughing about that one.

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Heaven...just...heaven....

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On our way back to Princeville, we stopped at the Princeville Shopping Center for dessert. The boys wanted some Shave ice, and they got the last two of the evening. Princeville closes up early- I think this was just before 8 pm that night.

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I didn't want Shave Ice, though- I was making a beeline for Lappert's, a well known Ice cream shoppe on Kauai with some really cool flavors like •Kauai Pie - Kona coffee ice cream swirled with chocolate fudge, coconut flakes, macadamia nuts and vanilla cake crunch and •Heavenly Hana - Creamy chocolate ice cream with delicate swirls of marshmallow ribboned throughout with our handmade chunks of white chocolate covered macadamia nuts, dark chocolate almond chunks, chocolate bits & roasted almonds.

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I really don't recall what I had, tho, because they were out of Kauai Pie when I was there and that was what I really wanted. Kona Coffee maybe? And maybe mac nut. Pods had mango sorbet and mac nut. Well, whatever we had, it was incredible, because even Pods was blown away by the creaminess and flavor of their ice cream. We would be back!

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Princeville was ROCKIN at 8 pm! LOL!

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Most all the stores were already closed. But that's ok- we wanted to get to bed, anyway. In the morning, the boys were golfing and I was heading to Kilauea for some photos....before our afternoon on the Napali Coast. :thumbsup2 See ya real soon!

ACDSNY
09-25-2012, 10:40 PM
Don't you just love what kids order.:rotfl2: We've had a few experiences like that with our son too.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that races back to watch the sunset. The ticker below is from the Aulani resort last January.

Thanks for putting the song in my head the for the rest of the evening.

knewton64
09-26-2012, 06:35 AM
1) shaved ice.
2) hire you as a photographer cuz you take pics of people's butts!!:rotfl2:
3) Zip line (never done it).


Finally got all caught up.:cool1:


From the blue waters to 'that cat,';)..........


lovin yer tr as always.:goodvibes





T.T.F.N.

&


ALOHA

CRdisMom
09-26-2012, 12:22 PM
I can arrange for more twine things to be sent your way. They had hats, shot glasses and all sorts of fun things to adorn an office with. Lol.

A whole pizza! Yikes.

And thank you for the best part of waking up is bacon in your cup! Eeewwwww!

MEK
09-26-2012, 04:55 PM
When I read through your update the first time I actually thought that Tyler HAD eaten the whole pizza and I was wondering where he put it and why he didn't get a shirt as a prize (like on man vs food). :lmao:

Your pictures of the "almost" sunset are so pretty. That looks like an absolutely gorgeous spot.

Oh - and that ice cream sounds amazing (so does the mai tai :rolleyes1)

podsnel
09-27-2012, 08:16 AM
Don't you just love what kids order.:rotfl2: We've had a few experiences like that with our son too.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that races back to watch the sunset. The ticker below is from the Aulani resort last January.

Thanks for putting the song in my head the for the rest of the evening.

You're welcome! :rotfl:

I love your Aulani ticker- when we were in Hawaii 26 years ago, I was admittedly young and stupid at 23, and came home realizing I never made time for the sunset- I think I missed most of them. :( This time I made sure to fix that!:)

1) shaved ice.
2) hire you as a photographer cuz you take pics of people's butts!!:rotfl2:
3) Zip line (never done it).


Finally got all caught up.:cool1:


From the blue waters to 'that cat,';)..........


lovin yer tr as always.:goodvibes





T.T.F.N.

&


ALOHA

You missed the Shave ice???? Well, it ooks like you need to go back!

FWIW, we all were bigger fans of Hula Pie than Shave ice- so maybe you're ok! Where's your next trip?

I can arrange for more twine things to be sent your way. They had hats, shot glasses and all sorts of fun things to adorn an office with. Lol.

A whole pizza! Yikes.

And thank you for the best part of waking up is bacon in your cup! Eeewwwww!

You're welcome!! :rotfl2:

All those twine things sound....ummm....great, but we are happy with just the postcard. :thumbsup2 :rotfl:

And yea, on the pizza- I have no idea what the kid was thinking!

When I read through your update the first time I actually thought that Tyler HAD eaten the whole pizza and I was wondering where he put it and why he didn't get a shirt as a prize (like on man vs food). :lmao:

Your pictures of the "almost" sunset are so pretty. That looks like an absolutely gorgeous spot.

Oh - and that ice cream sounds amazing (so does the mai tai :rolleyes1)

That's funny- he would have deserved a shirt for eating the whole pie- it was huge!:lmao:

We visited that pier 3 times while we were there- loved it.

The ice cream was incredible- they ship to anywhere west of the rockies, I think- 6 pints for $120. Seems pretty steep, but it's a lot less than a plane ticket, I guess!

podsnel
09-27-2012, 11:10 AM
It was Monday morning, and I was up before everyone as usual. I went outside to admire the view-

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Can you see the geese and the rooster? They were very vocal about how much they were enjoying the day!

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Princeville is home to a lot of golf courses. We had not originally planned to play while we were here, but I figured if I could squeeze it in somewhere for them, they would appreciate it (plus we were driving past all the golf everyday, so it would have been too big of a tease if they didn't go!). They offer really reasonable deals at the Woods Course which is 9 holes at the Makai Golf Club- 9 holes for $55, and kids 6-15 play free all day with a paying adult. They also offered a good junior rate for the second kid, $27.50. They did all need to rent clubs, but still, it was reasonable when you consider where you were playing. They were teeing off at 8:30, I think, so I dropped them off on my way to do other things. Once they got there, they were offered the other course if they wanted it at a slightly higher rate, but they passed and stuck with the woods. Here are some pics from their day-

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See how gorgeous it is? How could they NOT golf?

I had other plans, though. First, I wanted to find a truck with some amazing food- there are a lot of food trucks in Kauai, that we never found, including this one. It is called Kauai Ono 560, in case you want to go look! Anyway, while I was looking, at least I got to enjoy a nice drive on the North Shore, over one lane bridges to deserted beaches.

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I think that was Wainiha Beach. I turned around and kept looking, but ultimately went to plan b, which I had been saving for Tuesday's breakfast- Hanalei coffee Roasters, which used to be known as Java Kai. I got a sandwich to go- A surfers Breakfast sandwich, or something like that, and a Coco Mocha coffee- with whipped cream, OMG, was that coffee DELICIOUS!!!

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It was all good- loved the fruit! I drove east, and ended up in Kilauea, to look at the lighthouse-

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Which has apparently been having a facelift for quite some time.

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There were a ton of birds down on the rocks below, so great bird watching here.

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The gates up to the lighthouse didn't open until 10, so after a bit I turned around and headed back into town. On the way, a serene view enticed me to pull over-

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Then I stopped to do some very rare on this trip shopping. I ended up buying a Nihau shell bracelet and some earrings (which I can't find! :faint:) as well as wine charms here-

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Also some soaps, lotions and candles here-

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My plan was to pick up lunch and head back when the golf was done, so we could eat before our boat ride that afternoon to the Napali coast. I knew what I wanted, and it was just across the street-

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It wouldn't be open for another half an hour though, so while I waited, I did a little more browsing. I was first in line when the doors opened though, and got two Ahi tuna wraps, a chicken teriyaki plate and a barbequed chicken plate. The Ahi wraps were AMAZING, so sorry I missed taking food porn! Where was my head? Anyway, just as my order was ready to go, Pods called to say that they were finished, so I drove back to get them passing-

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When I picked them up

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They were very excited to show me the pics they took on the camera-

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Yea- that's right. Be aware of #8! :rotfl2:

Up next- OMG, I hope you want to see some photos of the Napali Coast, because do I ever have some to show you!!

snowmanlover
09-27-2012, 02:28 PM
I'm drooling here looking at the food porn AND the stunning scenery pictures you took! :faint: Glad your guys got to go golfing, it looks so beautiful!!

DH has been looking (without me even hinting) at cruises to Hawaii!! :cool1: He found one in April that looks interesting. Depends on how his Mother is feeling, we may end up booking it soon! She LOVES cruising, but I might try to talk them into going on our own like you did so we can see so much more and not have to hurry back to the ship! :scratchin

Looking forward to more!!

I AM looking forward to YOUR photos of the Napali Coast!!

dizneeat
09-27-2012, 02:46 PM
All I can say .........

Your pics are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! The scenery is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! and even the shops look better than here. ;)

Don't even want to mention the food. ;) :rotfl2:

Keep the photos coming! Thanks for sharing your vacation and family with us, Ellen!

ACDSNY
09-27-2012, 08:55 PM
They must have started the lighthouse renovation after we were there in January. I enjoy watching the birds and whales out there.

I love your pic of the church and I want to stop in next time to see the inside.

anewmac
09-27-2012, 11:06 PM
omg I love zip lining! That king kong would be amazing!

food looked great. Even the #8. Im sure one of my kids would have done that too LOL. BOYS I think they would do the same thing about the tuna "STEAK" lol

pics are just amazing how nice to get a lil time on the island alone to just snap away. ans SHOP! The pool at the resort looks so paradise like but ya a bar would make it better, and bring them more $$$ duh. lol. But glad you thought like ME lol BYOB even better and cheaper! lol

MEK
09-27-2012, 11:16 PM
You are so right - how could they NOT golf? That golf course looks amazing, but so does the view from you room. Wow.

Oh - and the light house looks super cool. Beautiful pictures.

podsnel
09-28-2012, 08:40 AM
That is so what my one son would do! He is an eating machine, thank goodness he has a high metabolism!

I want to do a zip line, but DH says no way! We are somewhat fearful of heights. Grand Canyon really freaked me out!

Love to try some of those drinks, that I can do with no problem!

Sorry! I missed you on the last round!

Yes- good thing they have high metabolisms- I have a fear one day when he's not playing sports anymore he's really gonna pack it on- I hope he likes the gym (which he does).
Tim & I are afraid of heights, too- it really was worth it,tho, and you didn't feel that high except for that last one. That one woman was terrified the whole time, but I don't know that that happens alot- the usual they said is for people to get over it after the first zip. For the record, that woman had serious phobias- she was also terrified to go in the water, go out on a boat, and go on a plane. Her family said she was just as nervous about those things as the heights. But, always good to know you can do the drinks without fear! Maybe you need to do them before! :rotfl:

I'm drooling here looking at the food porn AND the stunning scenery pictures you took! :faint: Glad your guys got to go golfing, it looks so beautiful!!

DH has been looking (without me even hinting) at cruises to Hawaii!! :cool1: He found one in April that looks interesting. Depends on how his Mother is feeling, we may end up booking it soon! She LOVES cruising, but I might try to talk them into going on our own like you did so we can see so much more and not have to hurry back to the ship! :scratchin

Looking forward to more!!

I AM looking forward to YOUR photos of the Napali Coast!!

YAY!! It sounds like you are going back to Hawaii one way or the other!! :thumbsup2 I LOVE cruising, but maybe it would be nice to stick to one or two places and go more in depth. There are definitely advantages to both- good luck with your decision!!

All I can say .........

Your pics are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! The scenery is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! and even the shops look better than here. ;)

Don't even want to mention the food. ;) :rotfl2:

Keep the photos coming! Thanks for sharing your vacation and family with us, Ellen!

Well....you are so welcome!!! And yea- everything there is/was awesome- it was just right for our family, we loved Kauai. And to think a couple of people tried to talk us out of going there, or staying on the North Shore! They said the kids would be BORED! :rotfl2::rotfl2: Not on a vacation I plan! No boredom allowed!! :rotfl:

They must have started the lighthouse renovation after we were there in January. I enjoy watching the birds and whales out there.

I love your pic of the church and I want to stop in next time to see the inside.

I would LOVE to see the whales out there, too! That must have been amazing- my DH would have to retire for us to see the whales, tho- Tax season and whales in hawaii don't mix. :rolleyes2 So I'm about 15 years from the whales....

I'd like to stop in that church, too- but really, I want to GO to church at the one in Hanalei..:cloud9: Next time that is on my list for sure-

ACDSNY
09-28-2012, 09:10 PM
I would LOVE to see the whales out there, too! That must have been amazing- my DH would have to retire for us to see the whales, tho- Tax season and whales in hawaii don't mix. :rolleyes2 So I'm about 15 years from the whales....

I'd like to stop in that church, too- but really, I want to GO to church at the one in Hanalei..:cloud9: Next time that is on my list for sure-

The one in Hanalei looks awesome. I want to go in and check out the stained glass windows.

The whales start hitting the islands around mid-Nov so maybe someday you can squeeze in an end of year trip before tax season.

Beth D
10-03-2012, 01:11 PM
HI Ellen!

I'm a bad DIS groupie, I finally made it on page 12! Going back to read now!

Beth :)

jenseib
10-03-2012, 05:06 PM
Just getting caught up. Those pictures are just so amazing. I keep think they can't possibly get any better...and they do.

Zipline sounds fun and scary too. I don't know if I could brave it.

Dinner looked really nice too.
I love the sunset pictures at the pier. Gorgeous!

and the lighthouse shots...I think those are my favorite. All the colors together in those is so amazing.

englishrose47
10-04-2012, 06:55 AM
Just checkin' in Ellen !!Only 7 days to Disney!!!

franandaj
10-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Beautiful. Just Beautiful. I really want to go!

podsnel
10-05-2012, 10:36 PM
The one in Hanalei looks awesome. I want to go in and check out the stained glass windows.

The whales start hitting the islands around mid-Nov so maybe someday you can squeeze in an end of year trip before tax season.

i KNOW!!! I want to go soooooo badly.....the CPA says no! :rotfl: While we were there, I was saying that seeing those whales is a life long dream of mine- I did used to work with a sea mammal rescue in NJ as a VERY devoted volunteer- with my GF, Jane, so clearly, it IS a BIG priority for me! :goodvibes
HI Ellen!

I'm a bad DIS groupie, I finally made it on page 12! Going back to read now!

Beth :)

No bad!! Glad you're here! :grouphug:

Just getting caught up. Those pictures are just so amazing. I keep think they can't possibly get any better...and they do.

Zipline sounds fun and scary too. I don't know if I could brave it.

Dinner looked really nice too.
I love the sunset pictures at the pier. Gorgeous!

and the lighthouse shots...I think those are my favorite. All the colors together in those is so amazing.

Awww...thanks, Jen! I am looking forward to pics from the TX cruise, too! :thumbsup2

The colors at the lighthouse were AMAZING.....even the scaffolding could not take away from it.....:lovestruc

Just checkin' in Ellen !!Only 7 days to Disney!!!

You mean SIX...nearly FIVE!!! WOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Rosie!!! :yay::dance3::cool1::lovestruc:dance3::dance3::dan ce3:

Beautiful. Just Beautiful. I really want to go!

Thanks darlin'- I KNOW!!! though- I want to go back too- it was gorgeous. Promise you two will go if you see a great airfare- you have a BIG advantage over there on that left coast!! :goodvibes:hug: I absolutely believe you can figure out the logistics of it, it's obvious your heart is in it- ask anything, you know I will help as much as I can! :thumbsup2

podsnel
10-07-2012, 01:22 PM
I am in the process of uploading my Napali Coast pics- I have to say, this is pretty challenging. I narrowed it down, but still, there are just sooooo many glorious photos- around every bend was something more beautiful than the last! We had 4 cameras going, but for the most part, I am just including my DSLR pics and the vids from the Flip. Still, it's a process....

Anyway, I didn't want you to think I had given up, I'll be back at some point today with a HUGE update worthy of the most beautiful coastline I have ever witnessed....:goodvibes

Ellen

chepic
10-07-2012, 02:34 PM
I am in the process of uploading my Napali Coast pics- I have to say, this is pretty challenging. I narrowed it down, but still, there are just sooooo many glorious photos- around every bend was something more beautiful than the last! We had 4 cameras going, but for the most part, I am just including my DSLR pics and the vids from the Flip. Still, it's a process....

Anyway, I didn't want you to think I had given up, I'll be back at some point today with a HUGE update worthy of the most beautiful coastline I have ever witnessed....:goodvibes

Ellen

:thumbsup2

podsnel
10-07-2012, 04:47 PM
One of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii was our afternoon spent exploring the Na Pali coast by boat. There are only 3 ways to see this famous coastline- you can hike it (which we did our last day on the Kalalau Trail, and our first day on the Pihea Trail); you can see it by airplane or helicopter (which we originally wanted to do, but the school guidance secretary made me promise we wouldn't do that! There had been a crash last year when her daughter was honeymooning on Kauai); or you can see it by boat. This is the part of Kauai which is rugged and completely undeveloped, this is past where the road ends at Kee Beach. I had pre-booked a Na Pali snorkel adventure on a boat called the UFO- they called it this because of the amount of air it catches on the trip back. Here is a link to their site- http://www.napalitours.com/tours-cruises/na-pali-snorkel-adventure

I chose this one for a few reasons- one, it left from Hanalei Bay, and that made it MUCH closer not only to us, but to the cliffs themselves. Two, it is a smaller boat, so it was able to go into a bunch of those sea caves that are along the Na Pali coast. Three, it included snorkeling at some spot we would not be able to get to otherwise. Fourth, being a smaller boat, it wouldn't be packed with 100 people- I believe there were 12 of us plus the 2 captains. All good! We were meeting in the parking lot opposite that beautiful green church in Hanalei-on the road there-

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Did you notice the pine trees? They are Cook's Pines- Captain Cook brought them to Kauai because their trunks make excellent masts for sailing ships. They are abundant in the Princeville area. But we are headed to Hanalei, and the Hanalei Church- or at least the parking lot across the street-

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Isn't it beautiful?

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Soon we were loaded onto a van for the short drive to the Hanalei River- this was where we would board our boat-

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In a minute, we were passing by-

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Almost immediately we came upon a pod of dolphins, but they were resting, swimming around in circles, one half of their brains asleep, while the other half remained alert. Sounds like a very unrestful snooze to me!

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The big white hotel behind the boys is the St Regis- that's the beach we were on yesterday. HBR is to the right of it, but harder to see.

We came upon some Kite surfers, one of whom caught air right before I grabbed the flip! Sorry!

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Soon we were to a beach that was a part of Kauai's famous Kalalau Trail. 2 miles in on that hike you arrive at Hanakapi'ai Beach- sand is here in the summer, but this is considered a very dangerous beach for swimming- lots of rip currents and rogue waves.

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No beach from the boat, tho- boats actually can't land there. But we had sooooo much more to see anyway-

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Check out the color of the water!!

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We came to our first sea cave-

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All of us were pretty thrilled to check out the caves- what can I say? It was just a new, cool experience for us!

Cont'd next post-

podsnel
10-07-2012, 05:53 PM
We were headed west-

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I think that sharp peak was Bali Hai, the mountain they used to look like the mysterious island of said name in South Pacific.

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We entered another cave-

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And back out-

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Then a cave with a waterfall-

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And then we were approaching....

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Even more majestic cliffs-

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I thought that may have been the Kalalau Valley, but now looking at other pics, looks like it was just some OTHER gorgeousness.

Back with more Na Pali in the next update- thanks for reading along!

chepic
10-07-2012, 07:38 PM
just beautiful!!!!!!

God really knew what He was doing when He created Hawaii!!!

cheryl

podsnel
10-08-2012, 08:32 AM
just beautiful!!!!!!

God really knew what He was doing when He created Hawaii!!!

cheryl

He sure did- I had that exact thought many, many times on Kauai!

dvc4life
10-08-2012, 08:48 AM
Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.

podsnel
10-08-2012, 08:48 AM
Back to the beauty of Na Pali-

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This looks like the Kalalau Valley we had hiked on the first day. Pretty impressive from this angle, too. But still, I don't see any naked off the grid hippies- do you?

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We entered another cave- this one has been in a lot of films, including POC, I think 3-

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This one was different, not really a cave but an arch you went through to a big hole to the sky. It was dazzling. They told us people get married on the rocks in the center.

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rentayenta
10-08-2012, 08:54 AM
Im in. I've been reading. It's a beautiful place. :)

podsnel
10-08-2012, 09:32 AM
We left the hole, and headed towards where we would anchor for snorkeling.

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My family does NOT have the best luck with snorkeling. Not at all. Usually Timmy has a hard time with his mask. Or we don't have equipment for everyone because I thought it would be waiting on the boat- and then, of course, I am snorkeling with goggles and no snorkel. Which is pretty limiting. THIS time, though, I thought I had all my bases covered- snorkel gear for all!

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We jumped off and went in search of fish.

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Timmy started having leaking issues almost immediately. I kept trying to work with him, but the mask was leaking and he was EXTREMELY unhappy. So, he got back on the boat. I soon followed, hoping I could convince him to try again.

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But no luck. It was actually a bit rough, and i think that made it too challenging for him. So our snorkel experience was not the greatest that day. Pods and Tyler, however, swam far, far out and saw turtles and tons of fish. So at least they had something to brag about!

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As Pods swam in, we threw a bunch of crackers on his head- wow, that was hilarious! Like 100 fish dive bombed him! Pretty fun for us up on the boat! Before he got back on, he took a vid-

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Then it was back on the boat where we were served cheese and crackers and soft drinks. Followed by an exhilerating ride back to Hanalei- woohoooo!

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The kids loved it, it was wet and wild!

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podsnel
10-08-2012, 09:52 AM
In case you wanted to experience UFO for yourself, here's a couple of clips-

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It was pretty rough, but no matter WHAt Pods says, I think we had it worse going to Tortola one year from STJ.
One of the families onboard was from CA, they come out to Kauai every couple of years (as I would if I lived out there!)- so nice to talk to! The Captain was a decent guy, he slowed it down a bit when that woman was startled. He slowed down, too, whenever he saw a turtle (which happened a few times) and when we got back to the kite surfers who were still at it. :thumbsup2 But for the most part, it was go, go, GO!!!

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3 1/2 hours had flown by- I would book this again in a heartbeat. We had chosen the afternoon tour because of pictures- their advice was that the light was better and there was less glare in the afternoon vs. the morning. The morning, I believe, would have been calmer and the dolphins more active, tho- so keep that all in mind if you are planning a Na Pali boat trip.

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Back in Hanalei-

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We caught the van back to the lot- our driver was another good guy. He was passing around some photos of a HUGE shark he caught a few years back. Ever see the movie "Soul Surfer" ? It's the movie about Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm to a shark while surfing in Kauai. It turns out, our van driver was the guy who went out and caught the shark. He was quite a character- I honestly could have listened to him all night! But that was not to be, because we had other plans on a certain pier. Can you say, JUMP! :goodvibes Up next!

podsnel
10-08-2012, 10:31 AM
Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.

It is beyond what anyone can imagine- completely surreal.

Im in. I've been reading. It's a beautiful place. :)

Hi Jenny! Thanks for coming over! :wave2: Are you down to 5 days? :banana: Have you been to Kauai?

kathymc
10-08-2012, 02:29 PM
I am so enjoying your report. We just came back from the Big Island and Kauai (we stayed at the St Regis and had a similar amazing view) My husband caught a bad chest cold and all of the hiking we had planned (Pihea and Kalalau) we had to cancel. We did about 10 minutes of the Pihea Trail so I was stoked to see your pics. We also did zip and dip and while we had other guides they were a blast!

We absolutely adored Hanalie and are researching house/condo rentals for a late spring visit!

Looking forward to more as we are headed to Oahu in December. My husband won a 4 night trip to Waikiki and we are adding on 6 nights at Aulani on our points!

dizneeat
10-08-2012, 02:30 PM
Wow! I am speechless! Those are wonderful photos. Lucky girl! :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing, Ellen! :cloud9:

englishrose47
10-08-2012, 02:54 PM
Gorgeous pix !!! The water is soooo vibrant and the caves are awesome !!!

saintstickets
10-08-2012, 05:42 PM
Fantastic pics and video Ellen! I really appreciate how much effort you have made in taking all these pictures. I sometimes get so busy taking pictures that I miss things! Have you ever taken a certain pic and said to yourself, that one will definately be posted on the DISboards? I'm guilty of that! :rotfl2: Really loving this TR. Can't wait for more.

Misskitty3
10-08-2012, 08:47 PM
Gorgeous photos Ellen!

I can't even imagine how beautiful it is in person.

My thoughts exactly!! Amazing photos! Really looks like a trip of a lifetime!!

MEK
10-09-2012, 08:41 AM
Wow..Wow....WOW!

I looked at your pictures this morning and they are stunning. What paradise. I especially love the pictures of the four of you posing while in the boat under the rocks (I think that's what you were doing - heck I looke at them like 3 hours ago :rotfl:)

I agree, this really was a vacation of a lifetime! I want to go back and see them in more detail tonight. Gorgeous.

JKSWonder
10-09-2012, 12:07 PM
The photos are just gorgeous, Ellen.

A the family pic of all of you in the cave is a fantastic shot.

Mysteria
10-09-2012, 07:23 PM
I'm in awe at the beauty of it all!

ACDSNY
10-09-2012, 11:53 PM
Wow it's great to see the Na Pali tour coming from the Hanalei side although I might be a little chicken to be on that small of a boat. We've taken the Capt. Andy's dinner tour from the Port Allen side which takes longer to get to the Na Pali area. No matter how you get there it's just beautiful!

anewmac
10-10-2012, 11:03 PM
OMG I see why you couldnt deceide between pics, they all are gorgous. The water, the land, the sky omg breath taking!

just one questions.. whos the Floozy near Pods? lol
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franandaj
10-10-2012, 11:31 PM
Your pictures are so gorgeous and the excursions you take are so amazing!

jenseib
10-14-2012, 05:38 PM
Wow! this is just gorgeous. I love your guide too. He reminds me of the guy who took us snokeling too in Grand Cayman.

I bet you never wanted to leave there.

MAGICFOR2
10-14-2012, 07:01 PM
Hi Ellen! I'm finally all caught up! :cool1:

Like Mary Ellen said - WOW! Your pics are amazing.

-Crazy Zip Lining - you are so brave! :thumbsup2 I love how you made yourself jump in the tubing water only to find you could have walked in! I would so have done the same thing! :rotfl2:

- Your #8 story is so fun! Making family memories that you can laugh at for years is what it's all about!

- Loved your pics at Kilauea, and the Na Pali trip looks amazing. Sorry about Tim's mask. How disappointing for him. :upsidedow

Kuai is such a paradise! I see why everyone says it is the best Island! Looking forward to your jump!

As you know, my opportunities for being online are a little limited right now, but we are enjoying the sunshine and all the sports here - once we have our own place, it will all be good!

podsnel
10-15-2012, 11:46 AM
Thanks for all the compliments on the pics- I'll be back for replies after I update.....

I am posting a map of the island so you can get an idea of where all these great places we visited were, and how that Kalalau Valley Lookout on the first day's hike relates to where we were on this day on the boat. On the map, the pier is not marked, but it is actually just south of the river where we got the boat-

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That pier was just waiting for us....waiting for the JUMP! Well, not for me- I was taking the pictures- yea, that's my excuse, and I'm stickin to it! :rotfl: Really, this was the only thing I DIDN'T do with my family in Hawaii, so I don't feel all that bad about it. :thumbsup2

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This was another thing my kids really enjoyed- as a matter of fact, they jumped off this pier several times this night, and then they were happy to come back the next day, our last day on Kauai, for one more jump before we had to go.

Turn around, guys- Mom wants to take pictures from the beach-

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Can you see them? All jumping together?

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This is how it is on the beach- all the Hawaiians coming at the end of the day to hang-

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While the boys kept on jumping, I started talking with a dude of about 50 or so, who was. like many in Hawaii, someone who grew up coming here as a kid, then ended up moving here as an adult with a family. He said this place? 40 years ago? It was exactly the same- he jumped off the pier as a kid, and now his kids jump off the same way. Absolutely timeless...something you don't get a lot of in life-

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Everyone toweled off, and we decided it was time to get some chow. Pods said, "Alright guys, time to go back and get ready for dinner".....and I said- "Nah- we can go like this." SHOCKING, I KNOW!! Dinner in bathing suits! In a restaurant in Hanalei- well, yea, you just fit right in. SCHAAAAA.....

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Tonight we were eating at Hanalei Gourmet, here's a link to the website-
http://www.hanaleigourmet.com/index.html

When we walked in, four hikers with dreads that probably had not showered in a month walked out...yea, Pods, bathing suits are just fine! :rotfl: Pods started with a Mai Tai-

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And I had one of my FAVORITE drinks of the the trip- a Guava Dacquiri-

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OMGEEEEEEEE, that was good!The boys watched football while we waited-

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I asked the server which she recommended, the fish tacos (a special) or fish & chips, and she said the tacos, because I could get the F&C anyday- well, not really, I was leaving tomorrow and this was probably my one and only visit to this restaurant ever, but, I went with the tacos anyway-

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Gotta say, they were very tasty, but...the BEST fish tacos were still to come on this trip....:scratchin I also got a second Guava drink-because I am no dope! Tim got a cheeseburger- well, he felt he HAD to, because it was called Big Tim's Burger on the menu-Big Tim's Burger
6 oz. of fresh, butcher ground chuck, hand formed and prepared to order with "the works" on a fresh toasted bun with french fries. 9.95

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Pods went with Scallops Meuniere
Sauteed giant sea scallops served over fresh french croutes with a lemon herbed, brown butter sauce. 24.95 -

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And I think Tyler had Charbroiled Pork Loin
A 16 oz. of freshly grilled, center cut pork loin. Seasoned with Hawaiian alae salt, fresh black pepper and garlic. Served with a spinach saute. 24.95

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Timmy, in an extremely rare moment, finished first-

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Timmy takes about an hour and a half to polish off a burger on a normal day, so either this was a REALLY good burger or this was a REALLY hungry Timmy! We Finished up, and I made them stop at the surf shop to buy tshirts to remember this great place by. Of course, had I offered needles in their eyes or unmedicated tooth extraction as an alternative to shopping, they would have picked it, I'm sure.

Shopping with my family is the WORST!! :crazy2:

After THAT ordeal was over, it was time for another visit to-

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podsnel
10-15-2012, 11:57 AM
Well, there's only one place I would go for our last Kauai sunset- DUH!

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I know, I know- there are other places to see a magnificent sunset from on the North Shore of Kauai, and I hope to one day see what it's like, but, on this trip, well- I just couldn't get past that pier. Hanalei Bay is IT for me. :cloud9: My family doesn't exactly hate it there either-

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Aaahhhhhh....back in Princeville, we stopped for ice cream at Lappert's again before heading back to....pack up. :sad: We made some friends on the way back- a family who were owners at HBR, visiting with their family. Lucky lucky Californians, once again.

Oh- we also met this little guy-

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Another great day on Kauai. Tomorrow- well, we have a late flight, a late check-out (THANK-YOU JANICE!!) and a few more Kauai adventures before it's time for- AULANI!!!!!!!!:yay:

dizneeat
10-15-2012, 01:00 PM
Great update, great sunset, great EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics, Ellen! :thumbsup2

podsnel
10-15-2012, 01:37 PM
I am so enjoying your report. We just came back from the Big Island and Kauai (we stayed at the St Regis and had a similar amazing view) My husband caught a bad chest cold and all of the hiking we had planned (Pihea and Kalalau) we had to cancel. We did about 10 minutes of the Pihea Trail so I was stoked to see your pics. We also did zip and dip and while we had other guides they were a blast!

We absolutely adored Hanalie and are researching house/condo rentals for a late spring visit!

Looking forward to more as we are headed to Oahu in December. My husband won a 4 night trip to Waikiki and we are adding on 6 nights at Aulani on our points!

I am sooooo envious you will be going back to Kauai so soon- and going to Aulani in a couple of months, too! WOW! The St Regis was a gorgeous hotel- I would love to stay there. How awful to catch a cold while there this last time for your hubby, tho- I hope he feels GREAT on all your next visits- and DEFINITELY go on the hikes- they were incredible. We did the first 1/2 mile of Kalalau on our last day, so you can see that, too- I wish we had more time on Kauai- I would have loved to gone further on that trail!

Wow! I am speechless! Those are wonderful photos. Lucky girl! :goodvibes

Thanks for sharing, Ellen! :cloud9:

Thanks, Karin- it was absolutely unbelievable.:lovestruc

Gorgeous pix !!! The water is soooo vibrant and the caves are awesome !!!

It was more incredible than any of my pics, that's for sure....

Fantastic pics and video Ellen! I really appreciate how much effort you have made in taking all these pictures. I sometimes get so busy taking pictures that I miss things! Have you ever taken a certain pic and said to yourself, that one will definately be posted on the DISboards? I'm guilty of that! :rotfl2: Really loving this TR. Can't wait for more.

Thanks Bill- and yes, definitely I have taken TONS of pics thinking they would go in a TR- especially when it's food porn!:rotfl:

My thoughts exactly!! Amazing photos! Really looks like a trip of a lifetime!!

Oh, it was, it was- wish I could do it all over again- best family trip ever. :thumbsup2

Wow..Wow....WOW!

I looked at your pictures this morning and they are stunning. What paradise. I especially love the pictures of the four of you posing while in the boat under the rocks (I think that's what you were doing - heck I looke at them like 3 hours ago :rotfl:)

I agree, this really was a vacation of a lifetime! I want to go back and see them in more detail tonight. Gorgeous.

Thanks, MaryEllen. We were in a sea cave when we were under the rocks- it was really cool.

jenseib
10-15-2012, 03:38 PM
Another gorgeous sunset!!!!

kid-at-heart
10-15-2012, 07:56 PM
So beautiful. What great memories you guys are making for your sons!

dvc4life
10-15-2012, 08:40 PM
Boy, have you ever thought of becoming a travel agent? You always have the best places ever to visit and things to see and things to do and places to eat. . . . . . . . . It's just amazing! Love reading all about your trips. And dreaming one day we could do half of those things.

Misskitty3
10-15-2012, 08:44 PM
That food looks amazing! But...that Guava Dacquiri has my mouth watering......YUM!!! So glad you had two!!!




And I had one of my FAVORITE drinks of the the trip- a Guava Dacquiri-

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podsnel
10-15-2012, 09:08 PM
The photos are just gorgeous, Ellen.

A the family pic of all of you in the cave is a fantastic shot.

Thanks! I like it, too- so nice to see my boys all genuinely happily ecstatic, which they really were. :goodvibes

I'm in awe at the beauty of it all!

Me too!! :worship:

Wow it's great to see the Na Pali tour coming from the Hanalei side although I might be a little chicken to be on that small of a boat. We've taken the Capt. Andy's dinner tour from the Port Allen side which takes longer to get to the Na Pali area. No matter how you get there it's just beautiful!

The tours only run out of Hanalei in the summer- it's too rough during the winter months- I'm actually not sure how long they go into the fall. How long was your dinner tour?

OMG I see why you couldnt deceide between pics, they all are gorgous. The water, the land, the sky omg breath taking!

just one questions.. whos the Floozy near Pods? lol
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OMG!! That was HYSTERICAL! :rotfl2: The Floozy lives in LA and wants to be an actress- her whole family (and boyfriend) were on board with us. Floozy.....:lmao:

Your pictures are so gorgeous and the excursions you take are so amazing!

Awww...thanks! All the excursions were great- hard to pick a favorite, and that's how my kids feel, too! Can't do better than that, I suppose. :thumbsup2

anewmac
10-15-2012, 09:46 PM
This is where my family is like yours I wouldnt be able to drag them out of the ocean either. that Drink x2 looks delish!

and great another Floozy in La that wants to be an actress.. that doesnt get old LMAO

podsnel
10-15-2012, 09:54 PM
Wow! this is just gorgeous. I love your guide too. He reminds me of the guy who took us snokeling too in Grand Cayman.

I bet you never wanted to leave there.

You are correct- I never wanted to leave there. And since I have been home, I have thought about how incredible it was every day at least once- usually more. Kauai shook me to my core- it touched my soul.

Hi Ellen! I'm finally all caught up! :cool1:

Hey stranger! Hey- where can I find out about the eye cream, etc? Please send me some info-

Like Mary Ellen said - WOW! Your pics are amazing.

-Crazy Zip Lining - you are so brave! :thumbsup2 I love how you made yourself jump in the tubing water only to find you could have walked in! I would so have done the same thing! :rotfl2:

Well then- you must be blonde, too! :rotfl:

- Your #8 story is so fun! Making family memories that you can laugh at for years is what it's all about!

Tyler just brought up #8 again today! He did something stupid- and when I asked him why he did that, he said, "#8!" :rotfl2: We were both laughing so hard....

- Loved your pics at Kilauea, and the Na Pali trip looks amazing. Sorry about Tim's mask. How disappointing for him. :upsidedow

Ah- he lived. It was fine.

Kuai is such a paradise! I see why everyone says it is the best Island! Looking forward to your jump!

Well, I think it's the best island- but I see lots of votes for Maui and the Big Island out there, too. Hawaii has something for everyone, I think. It amazes me, though, how many people on the east coast say they have no desire to go because they can go to the Caribbean- and it's a totally different thing! Really I think the long flight is the problem- but I am willing to do it again anytime- I would go right now, if I could!

As you know, my opportunities for being online are a little limited right now, but we are enjoying the sunshine and all the sports here - once we have our own place, it will all be good!

I am glad to hear you are enjoying your new life. How much longer until you move?

Great update, great sunset, great EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics, Ellen! :thumbsup2

YOU are very welcome, Karin. I have been enjoying yours, as well! :goodvibes

Another gorgeous sunset!!!!

It sure was! The best one we saw there.

So beautiful. What great memories you guys are making for your sons!

Thanks, Kate- that's what I think about now- how we all had such a wonderful time TOGETHER, sharing all this beauty and all these new experiences. :lovestruc

Boy, have you ever thought of becoming a travel agent? You always have the best places ever to visit and things to see and things to do and places to eat. . . . . . . . . It's just amazing! Love reading all about your trips. And dreaming one day we could do half of those things.

Actually....I have! My friend who IS a TA- she is my TA, Marilyn, tells me I should all the time- she says she can show me what to do whenever I'm ready. Just not ready yet, mostly due to my sometimes overwhelming volunteer career. :rotfl: I'm done being President after this year- so maybe I'll learn next year. Thanks for the generous compliments. It's really that, when I go somewhere, I like to feel like I have BEEN there and really done the BEST things for us. The exception to this is the AI we are going back to in Mexico this January. There, we do NOTHING. I was hoping friends would be along this year, that was why we rebooked. But now we are going alone. Personally, I'd rather do something else, but, we are committed- it's beautiful and lovely- just, I get bored 10 minutes in on the lounge chair. I'll have to go looking for some activity this time!

That food looks amazing! But...that Guava Dacquiri has my mouth watering......YUM!!! So glad you had two!!!

Oh- that drink was sooooooooooooo yummy. It was VERY refreshing, and we were all sticky and salty- it was the PERFECT drink. Like a fruity, alcohol laced slurpee. YUMMMM....

podsnel
10-15-2012, 10:08 PM
This is where my family is like yours I wouldnt be able to drag them out of the ocean either. that Drink x2 looks delish!

and great another Floozy in La that wants to be an actress.. that doesnt get old LMAO

:rotfl2:She was a very sweet floozy! :rotfl: And that drink x2 was DA BOMB diggity! :banana:

Hey- do you have any idea when you're arriving and departing in May? It;s time for me to contact the concierge and make ADRs....and I'm wondering about you- also need to book a flight, and trying to figure out what time we're all leaving.....:sad1:

ACDSNY
10-16-2012, 12:21 AM
The tours only run out of Hanalei in the summer- it's too rough during the winter months- I'm actually not sure how long they go into the fall. How long was your dinner tour?

We've only been to Kauai in January, February and October so we've always taken the dinner cruise out of Port Allen. I think check in was around 2PM and they have you back right at dark. They typically stay out on the water until sunset and then motor back into port.

Love your sunset pics!

franandaj
10-16-2012, 12:24 AM
:rotfl2:She was a very sweet floozy! :rotfl:

Living in LA, I didn't even bat an eye at the floozy, we see them all the time! :lmao: I notice when I see people with bad teeth or not plastic surgery fixed faces! :rotfl2:

Is that sad?

podsnel
10-16-2012, 08:16 AM
We've only been to Kauai in January, February and October so we've always taken the dinner cruise out of Port Allen. I think check in was around 2PM and they have you back right at dark. They typically stay out on the water until sunset and then motor back into port.

Love your sunset pics!

That sounds very nice- lots of time on the boat! Did you see tons of whales?

Living in LA, I didn't even bat an eye at the floozy, we see them all the time! :lmao: I notice when I see people with bad teeth or not plastic surgery fixed faces! :rotfl2:

Is that sad?

:rotfl: No not sad- that's LA! :rotfl:

podsnel
10-16-2012, 09:07 AM
We woke up to this-

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on our last morning in paradise. I had to sit out there, again, just to take it all in one last time.

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I took an iphone pic to post on FB, and when I was done checking in, I looked up and gasped- literally- when I saw this-

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Yea, that's right- one last gorgeous rainbow over Hanalei Bay ALL for my enjoyment. Thanks, God! I decided to try out a new lens attachment-

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When I gasped, and I think I may have actually thanked God out loud, our neighbor on the next balcony started talking to me- he was a dad in the GORGEOUS condo attached to our little studio- the one I would have gotten if we had been staying longer than 3 nights with our kids. I had a little condo envy for him, that"s for sure! We had a nice conversation about stuff to do on Kauai- I don't know what he had been doing with his family all week, mostly sitting on the beach I believe, but he still had 4 more days there and he was very interested in all we had been doing. So I gave him all our info. The next thing I heard was him on his phone, trying to book stuff.

Geez- who knew I was so inspirational! :rotfl:

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Down below, this guy was in full on **** a doodle do mode-

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So my family was all up and admiring the rainbow, too. Which was good, because that meant we could get our act together and head out for some fun stuff!! :cheer2:

I just LOVED the time difference. It made all of us, even my 15 year old who could sleep all day, get up and get going! We didn't miss a thing!

On the way into Hanalei, I took some photos at an overlook. Although, I wish I would have taken a few more without the attachment. Oh well. Next time...

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Today we were going to do some hiking, check out some dry caves, visit the last beach, Ke'e Beach, snorkel at Tunnels....then come back, finish packing up (we had 5pm check out because our owner, Janice, was AWESOME!!!!) head east to see a famous twin waterfall, have dinner at Duke's, and fly to Oahu.

A very relaxing day.:rotfl:

We were having breakfast at Hanalei Coffee Roasters, where I had gone the day before. There was a waffle that was begging us to eat it there.

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On Monday, when I had come here by myself, the line was HUGE...on Tuesday- it was nonexistant. :thumbsup2 Of course, I got another Coco Mocha, because ....well, why wouldn't I? Where else am I having that?

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I know on another trip report, I said the best part of wakin up is bacon in your cup, but, truly, the best part of wakin up is a Coco Mocha in your cup! YUMMMMMMM......

You place your order inside, and grab a table out on the wrap around porch where they will bring you your food. Small tables for 2, so we sat back to back with the boys.

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The tables themselves were very cool-

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But the waffles they put on that table were even cooler!

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YUMMMMMM.....it was so, so good! I squirted coconut syrup all over mine. It was CRAZY delicious... Tyler must have been hungry- I didn't come close to finishing.

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Timmy had some plain pancakes- which he said were just ok-

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Cont'd next post-

podsnel
10-16-2012, 09:16 AM
A few shots across the street of Hanalei town-

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It was time- to head to the end of the road on Kauai's North Shore-

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Which is a very pretty drive over one lane bridges, through trees, next to the ocean....

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And taro fields-

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We parked along the side of the road to go check out a dry cave-

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Time to upload more pics! Be back later!

KristiMc
10-16-2012, 09:47 AM
What a view to wake up to!

kid-at-heart
10-16-2012, 10:09 AM
Now I am craving waffles. :sad2: I fully understand the gentleman using you as a travel agent, I am beginning to think we fans should send our future vacation plans to you and let you fine-tune them with all the cool places you find. How much of a bribe will you need? :flower3: or :drinking1

ACDSNY
10-16-2012, 10:29 AM
That sounds very nice- lots of time on the boat! Did you see tons of whales?

Nothing in Oct, but we did in January and February.

podsnel
10-16-2012, 10:51 AM
What a view to wake up to!

Yea- it did not suck!

Now I am craving waffles. :sad2: I fully understand the gentleman using you as a travel agent, I am beginning to think we fans should send our future vacation plans to you and let you fine-tune them with all the cool places you find. How much of a bribe will you need? :flower3: or :drinking1

No bribes- just let me come on your vacations with you! :rotfl:

Nothing in Oct, but we did in January and February.

One day....one day...we were talking about the whales on the boat, and the family from CA (with the floozy from LA) recommended whale watching next year in CA- out of Monterey- but I don't think we're going that way on that trip. So those whales will just have to wait for Pods' retirement!

podsnel
10-16-2012, 12:11 PM
OOPS. I prematurely posted the cave- this is what happens when you use too many cameras on vacation. Here's just a couple more from the ride, because it really was so lovely and so completely Hawaiian-

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Ok- THEN we pulled over to check out a dry cave. This is very easy to find, it is right on the street.

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Hawaii just has a lot of cool stuff! We got back in the car and drove up to Ke'e beach- the parking was full, so we backtracked to another parking lot. Well, there were cars parked there, anyway. I have never been so scared in a parking lot in my life! :rotfl: There were HUGE boulders EVERYWHERE...I kind of think we should not have been in there, but we were, and once you were in, you could not stop- it was crazy! A good place for jeeps- a BAD BAD place for everyone else.

So....we were up here to hike the first 1/2 mile of the famous Kalalau Trail. Do you remember a movie called "A Perfect Getaway?" It was filmed there- it's about a honeymoon couple who hike this trail and meet up with serial killers. Thankfully, we were planning a much less terrifying hike! Here's a link to the movie's trailer- it has loads of gorgeous Napali Coast shots-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Mk8ZJJEYPE

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We were only going as far as the Coast Viewpoint-

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If we had had more time, I would have loved to go to the Hanakapiai Beach- but, that 1 mile round trip we did do was good too. :rotfl: This hike is rated strenuous, a 9 on a scale of 10 by the Sierra club. To do the whole hike of 11 miles, you need to camp out before you yurn around and come back- because it takes about 10 hours to get out to that beach at the end (that was at the base of the Kalalau Valley- see how it all fits together?). No worries, it's totally safe- see?

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:rotfl2: I guess the direction you take is technically west- but really, I would say the direction is straight up to the sun. SHEESH! It was STEEP! And alllll rocks-

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After 1/4 mile, you see this-

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podsnel
10-16-2012, 12:53 PM
I'm sure we could have stopped there- alot did- but, we had Monkey Boy and #8 with us, so we kept going...UP, that is-

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Did that seem a little narrow? It was- but there was only us going one way, so it was no big deal. A little different on the way back, when the trail was more crowded.

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Soon, we had reached the 1/2 mile mark-

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Monkey boy was hoppin around like a rabbit- he was TOTALLY freaking me out, it was SOOOOO high and SOOOOOO windy- he was completely nonplussed about the whole thing. All I could think was that someone was going to get pushed by a big gust of wind and that would be IT!

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FINALLY, he sat down.

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What a relief. Mom was havin heart palpitations up there.

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This was ahead of us-

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But for today, this was as far as we would go. Sorry boys.

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Writing this, I actually have guilt- guilt that we didn't stay longer on Kauai. Guilt that we will go back, but probably not with them. BIG guilt.

I'm gonna have to work on Pods......

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Ke'e beach from waaaaaaaay high up- can't even see the people from up here!

Click to play-
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This was what was Mauka (toward the mountain) up there, away from the Pacific.

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Ok! Time to head back down- while all the other people are heading up. THAT should be fun.....:scared:

dizneeat
10-16-2012, 02:11 PM
Ellen, you are an update machine, today! :lmao:

Okay and even if I repeat myself - AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jenseib
10-16-2012, 08:38 PM
Wow....just plain old wow! Beautiful. How awesome to see a rainbow.

ACDSNY
10-16-2012, 10:36 PM
Well you have Monkey Boy and I have Mountain Goat for a DH. I better not show him the trail pics.:rotfl2::scared:

Your pics are beautiful and I love your updates.

anewmac
10-17-2012, 12:55 AM
:rotfl2:She was a very sweet floozy! :rotfl: And that drink x2 was DA BOMB diggity! :banana:

Hey- do you have any idea when you're arriving and departing in May? It;s time for me to contact the concierge and make ADRs....and I'm wondering about you- also need to book a flight, and trying to figure out what time we're all leaving.....:sad1:

Southwest still hasnt come out with flights they are still at mid April. Im hoping to fly in late Thursday or early Frid depending on the cost of flights... if not Saturday early in time for linner (LOL) and of course DRINKS LOL. as for flights out I like the later flights so anything after 2pm where I dont have to rush LOL have a few drinks at the bar you know really enjoy my time! depending on cost. I know Im no help lol

chepic
10-17-2012, 08:09 AM
just caught up again.

Have a niece that lived in Hawaii for 5 years....lives in Maryland now....can't understand it. :upsidedow

I wouldn't leave that view!!!!

Cheryl

dvc4life
10-17-2012, 08:55 AM
What a beautiful view from your balcony. I bet it was hard to leave it.

What a waffle. Looks yummy. And just the drive pictures looks like you are in a totally other world. One that just speaks of slowing down and smelling the roses. :cloud9:

That climb looks, um, well, tiring. But oh so beautiful when you got to your lookout point.

Hope you make the climb down safe and sound.

podsnel
10-17-2012, 09:00 AM
Ellen, you are an update machine, today! :lmao:

Okay and even if I repeat myself - AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yea- I am trying to get to Aulani- and keep the TR moving so I'm not still writing it next summer when we go to CA! But today I REALLY have to fold some laundry...the pile is BEYOND a mountain, waiting to be folded!

Wow....just plain old wow! Beautiful. How awesome to see a rainbow.

There are so many rainbows in Hawaii- on Oahu, too. Just the ones over Hanalei Bay- well, they were my favorite.:)

Well you have Monkey Boy and I have Mountain Goat for a DH. I better not show him the trail pics.:rotfl2::scared:

Your pics are beautiful and I love your updates.

Your Mountain Goat would been HEAVEN here! :rotfl: I am so envious of you with 3 visits to Kauai....

Southwest still hasnt come out with flights they are still at mid April. Im hoping to fly in late Thursday or early Frid depending on the cost of flights... if not Saturday early in time for linner (LOL) and of course DRINKS LOL. as for flights out I like the later flights so anything after 2pm where I dont have to rush LOL have a few drinks at the bar you know really enjoy my time! depending on cost. I know Im no help lol

REALLY????? :hyper::hyper: That makes me sooooooooo happy- I thought I wouldn't see you until Saturday night- Oh, PLEEEEEEEEZ come so you are there on Friday! I'm hoping to take a 10:30 arrival flight- No idea when Laura will arrive, but last time she came around 5, I think. Lonnie will meet me there in the morning. :thumbsup2

just caught up again.

Have a niece that lived in Hawaii for 5 years....lives in Maryland now....can't understand it. :upsidedow

I wouldn't leave that view!!!!

Cheryl

Maryland's nice....but it's no Hawaii! :rotfl: Did she get island fever? That's what has happened to all of my friends who have lived there- they said after a while, they went a little crazy, always driving in a circle. I think I can convince Pods to do a month or two at a time in our golden years....but he would never move there.

CRdisMom
10-17-2012, 09:58 AM
i need to get lookingt at flights. I thnk last time I flew in at 11:30 am. I love those early flights even if it means leaving at the crack of dawn...more time with you crazy ladies! I will be ther Friday. Love that it is getting close to make the adr's. I needed to hear that today

podsnel
10-17-2012, 10:06 AM
Well, I really shouldn't be updating right now, but I have a VERY strong aversion to folding laundry it seems, so here I am AGAIN.....:rotfl:

What goes up, must come down, so...

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Notice how I am hugging the freakin wall? That's because as the day goes on, this trail gets more crowded with peeps doing this first part- it is VERY popular, and although the trail is rated a 9 of 10 by the Sierra Club, THIS part, the first (I think) 4 miles to the falls is NOT why it is rated this highly. We saw many folks of varying ages (from kids to youngish Seniors) who were giving this first part a shot. MOST of them were in sneakers and flip flops, and they were having a VERY hard time- I would NOT suggest this. Keens or hiking shoes are the way to go, you really need traction where it's wet and slippery. I think somewhere around mile 7, the trail is like this-

click to play-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGBgGYtKC1I&feature=related

:scared: Honestly, my tummy is rolling from that vid- it is NOT for me, not EVER. Here's another one-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vG5IYShD28c&feature=related

Yea, I guess after watching those, I'm feeling less guilty about cutting it at 1/2 mile. :rotfl:

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We were standing in front of the ocean, yet somehow my DH managed to miss that fact...:scratchin

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And we were done! Time to visit Ke'e Beach......

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Up next...after I fold 300000000 tshirts and (my personal favorite) match up 8900000 white socks of varying sizes and shapes! WOOOHOOOO!!! It's laundry party time!!:faint:

podsnel
10-17-2012, 10:15 AM
COOL! Replies! More laundry stalling!! :rotfl2:

What a beautiful view from your balcony. I bet it was hard to leave it.

What a waffle. Looks yummy. And just the drive pictures looks like you are in a totally other world. One that just speaks of slowing down and smelling the roses. :cloud9:

That climb looks, um, well, tiring. But oh so beautiful when you got to your lookout point.

Hope you make the climb down safe and sound.

Yea...you've got it- it was completely other worldly. The boys were looking out the windows, mouths agape, as we drove instead of playing some game on their itouches. :thumbsup2 SUCCESS!!!!

The hike was tiring- but so worth that tired. :)

i need to get lookingt at flights. I thnk last time I flew in at 11:30 am. I love those early flights even if it means leaving at the crack of dawn...more time with you crazy ladies! I will be ther Friday. Love that it is getting close to make the adr's. I needed to hear that today

That's great! When you came for DISmoms, you landed late- and left really early in the am to do it, as I recall. Glad you found a faster flight.:thumbsup2

chepic
10-17-2012, 02:29 PM
[COLOR="indigo"]Maryland's nice....but it's no Hawaii! :rotfl: Did she get island fever? That's what has happened to all of my friends who have lived there- they said after a while, they went a little crazy, always driving in a circle. I think I can convince Pods to do a month or two at a time in our golden years....but he would never move there.

no, she and her girlfriend got married out there and came back east to finish master's in Ed. Don't know if they will go back or not.

All I can say is I can't wait for the next 5 years to go by until our trip there!! (Yes, I plan that far in advance!)

che

now get back to laundry!!

saintstickets
10-17-2012, 02:39 PM
just one questions.. whos the Floozy near Pods? lol

:rotfl2: She was a very sweet floozy! :rotfl:

What's wrong with a little "eye-candy"? :rolleyes1


Living in LA, I didn't even bat an eye at the floozy, we see them all the time! :lmao: I notice when I see people with bad teeth or not plastic surgery fixed faces! :rotfl2:

Uh oh....I better stay out of LA!


We woke up to this-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/Hawaii2012KandAulani008.jpg

Now that's even BETTER "eye-candy"!! Absolutely gorgeous. I bow to your :worship: photographic prowess. GREAT TR...please post more soon.

rndmr2
10-18-2012, 07:02 PM
I was behind a few updates but I am caught up now.

Wow you really got some great shots, love the color of that water! I loved that first pic when you went to see the Light House. :goodvibes

Part of me really wants to try zip-lining but I don't know if I could actually do it, I don't think I could jump from that high up (that King Kong one), someone would probably have to push me! :scared1:

Awesome Rainbow pics!

I think I need to have that waffle! :thumbsup2

ACDSNY
10-19-2012, 12:51 AM
Your Mountain Goat would been HEAVEN here! :rotfl: I am so envious of you with 3 visits to Kauai....

He is! I showed him the youtube vids and he's like "that's not so bad".:eek::scared:

That trail is for animals, not humans. I'd be hugging the mountain too.

Kauai is my favorite island, when I hear there's nothing to do there I just look at them like they're crazy. We don't need the nightlife, we're too tired after spending the day running around the island.

podsnel
10-19-2012, 10:01 AM
no, she and her girlfriend got married out there and came back east to finish master's in Ed. Don't know if they will go back or not.

All I can say is I can't wait for the next 5 years to go by until our trip there!! (Yes, I plan that far in advance!)

che

now get back to laundry!!

Well, I bet they will go back at some point- how could you not?
And I can't wait 5 years, either- my 30th anniversary is in 4 years....but we want to go back to Italy again, too (Pods brought that one up, and he very rarely suggests a vacation, so I think it will HAVE to happen!:woohoo: We're thinking maybe a cruise this time (for Italy-on Celebrity). But I miss Kauai on an hourly basis, soooo....who knows?

And see? You are not the only one with a 5 year plan, LOL!

What's wrong with a little "eye-candy"? :rolleyes1




Uh oh....I better stay out of LA!




Now that's even BETTER "eye-candy"!! Absolutely gorgeous. I bow to your :worship: photographic prowess. GREAT TR...please post more soon.

Thanks :goodvibes - but honestly, it's kind of impossible to take a bad pic in paradise! I'll post again after I do the replies-:thumbsup2

I was behind a few updates but I am caught up now.

Wow you really got some great shots, love the color of that water! I loved that first pic when you went to see the Light House. :goodvibes

I have to say, the colors at that lighthouse were really stunning. It's not my photo, it's the place. :lovestruc

Part of me really wants to try zip-lining but I don't know if I could actually do it, I don't think I could jump from that high up (that King Kong one), someone would probably have to push me! :scared1:

Well, the alternative is to walk back down that ramp, and then- I have no idea how you would get home! So, you HAVE to jump! And really, I highly recommend it- very empowering.

Awesome Rainbow pics!

I think I need to have that waffle! :thumbsup2

Isn't that waffle so pretty? It was really yummy. Tyler was in love with it. :cloud9:

He is! I showed him the youtube vids and he's like "that's not so bad".:eek::scared:

That's pretty funny. :rotfl: But a mountain goat WOULD say that!

That trail is for animals, not humans. I'd be hugging the mountain too.

Kauai is my favorite island, when I hear there's nothing to do there I just look at them like they're crazy. We don't need the nightlife, we're too tired after spending the day running around the island.

:rotfl: I know you're referring to that other thread- I had to laugh, too. When we got married 26 years ago, I think there really was not much to do there- I remember reading about Kauai in numerous guidebooks, and they all said the same thing- super quiet, very very low key- alot of laying on the beach and nothing else....well, at 23, that didn't really appeal. But NOW...well, as you know, there is sooooooooooooo much to do if you are a daytime active type. Which, at 49, I am more of! :yay: I think it is the perfect island paradise....:cloud9:

Captain_Oblivious
10-19-2012, 01:02 PM
Hi Ellen! :wave2:

Found your TR through Bill (saintstickets), and I'm glad I did! I'm planning a Hawaii vacation for next summer and will be on Kauai as well (just booked a condo in Princeville). Your tips and pictures are great!

podsnel
10-19-2012, 01:11 PM
It is the most awful rainy day outside....good time to go back to the beach!

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Ke'e beach is literally at the end of the road on the North Shore of Kauai. It seemed to be kind of crowded, and all of our stuff was back in the car, so we stayed just a short while before moving on to Tunnels Beach.

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Although that doesn't look too crowded, does it? :rotfl:

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This was part of where we had just been-

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It was very calm there, but that was close to shore and because it was summer. The lifeguards were constantly yelling at people that were too far out, or getting too close to the left, the Puku Ulua, which has strong currents that go out to sea. At one point, a boat came in through there, which they were not supposed to do, so they were yelled at too. It was good to watch for a while, but we like a more quiet beach, so we left. By the way, this beach is the site of a famous love scene- from the Thorn Birds.

The boys stopped in front of the busy lifeguard stand on the way out-

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See? It's a good thing the beach is guarded-

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Back at the parking "lot" from Hell, we decided Pods should drive out solo- anything to keep the car weight lighter! The rocks he had to go back across on the way out were not as bad as the massive boulders on the way in, so at least there was that!

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Next time, i will visit this beautiful place, which was nearby-

http://i246.photobucket.com/albums/gg113/podsnel/Kauai%202012/Kauai%202012%202/Hawaii2012KandAulani149.jpg

Next up- my personal favorite beach of the trip, Tunnels-

Beth D
10-19-2012, 01:39 PM
OK, made it up to page 12. It's taking so long because of all those gorgeous photos! Gotta stop too often and drool! :thumbsup2 Darn you Ellen!:lmao:

Are Keens kind of a cross between a hike and water shoe? How expensive are they?

I don't know if i could do the zip line, especially the Kong. I'd be afraid to even climb the ramp!

The one shaved ice with the pineapple and colada flavors looked good to me! How's the menu options if you don't like fish/seafood over there? I'd be ordering a #8 every night! :rotfl2:

Will catch all the way up soon! Don't go too fast!

glokitty
10-19-2012, 01:48 PM
But for today, this was as far as we would go. Sorry boys.

Writing this, I actually have guilt- guilt that we didn't stay longer on Kauai. Guilt that we will go back, but probably not with them. BIG guilt.


SURE you can all return, vacationing is great with adult children too!

podsnel
10-19-2012, 02:08 PM
OK, made it up to page 12. It's taking so long because of all those gorgeous photos! Gotta stop too often and drool! :thumbsup2 Darn you Ellen!:lmao:

Sorry! Maybe you should read it at MEK's work- she can't see pics there, LOL-

Are Keens kind of a cross between a hike and water shoe? How expensive are they?

Keens are a brand of hiking shoe- they have closed and then the open back ones which we prefer (well, at least I do- I get blisters on the backs of my ankles with closed shoes). They are different from sneakers because they provide EXCELLENT traction- they also have great support. I'm bring them to WDW (just 2 weeks from today!!!:dance3:). They were a little pricey because we bought 4 pairs, about $85 each- but we'll get a lot of use out of them between Hawaii, 10 days at WDW, and California next summer. I did buy them via mileageplus at Shoes.com, so I got a TON of miles doing that- it helped get us to Cali next summer on all miles! :thumbsup2

I don't know if i could do the zip line, especially the Kong. I'd be afraid to even climb the ramp!

You could do it! I did!!:cheer2:

The one shaved ice with the pineapple and colada flavors looked good to me! How's the menu options if you don't like fish/seafood over there? I'd be ordering a #8 every night! :rotfl2:

There are tons of other options, like pork and beef- we happen to really like fish, so that's why we choose that so often.

Will catch all the way up soon! Don't go too fast!

If I don't go fast, I'll mix it all up! :rotfl:

SURE you can all return, vacationing is great with adult children too!

YES!!! And I am absolutely looking forward to those vacations, too! Thanks for the positive thought!

podsnel
10-19-2012, 02:10 PM
Hi Ellen! :wave2:

Found your TR through Bill (saintstickets), and I'm glad I did! I'm planning a Hawaii vacation for next summer and will be on Kauai as well (just booked a condo in Princeville). Your tips and pictures are great!

Hi Mark! Thanks for joining in- you are going to LOVE Hawaii!! And Princeville is fantastic! So gorgeous- where is your condo? How long are you staying? Can I come? :rotfl2:

ACDSNY
10-19-2012, 08:57 PM
Looking forward to Tunnels Beach, I'm not sure if we've been there. It seems like every time we tried we couldn't find any place to park so please share the secret on parking.

I've never seen Ke'e Beach look so calm...in the winter it's like this...

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ACDSNY
10-19-2012, 09:06 PM
Here's one from Ke'e Beach from Feb 2010

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podsnel
10-20-2012, 12:00 AM
Looking forward to Tunnels Beach, I'm not sure if we've been there. It seems like every time we tried we couldn't find any place to park so please share the secret on parking.

I've never seen Ke'e Beach look so calm...in the winter it's like this...

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/392038_350641641614168_1608872299_n.jpg

Here's one from Ke'e Beach from Feb 2010

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WOW!!!! Thank-you very much for posting these- it is really hard to imagine it when you are there, because it looked like a lake. What a difference a few months makes, huh? Thanks again- love seeing them-:hug:

englishrose47
10-20-2012, 12:08 AM
Hi Ellen I am back from Disney!!! Next P & P trip will be the Cruise !!!:banana::banana::banana::banana:

ACDSNY
10-20-2012, 12:09 AM
WOW!!!! Thank-you very much for posting these- it is really hard to imagine it when you are there, because it looked like a lake. What a difference a few months makes, huh? Thanks again- love seeing them-:hug:

I've only seen it when it's rough, some days rougher than others so it was amazing to see your pics. Now that I think about it, we didn't make it in Oct 2008 as it was raining too much and the water was right up to the small concrete bridges so we turned around and went back. I guess we'll see what early December is like soon.

jenseib
10-20-2012, 09:56 AM
More awesome updates. I too am drooling everytime I read an update. It's just pure beauty and I wonder why Ohio can't look that way? Especially the are I live in...super boring....

podsnel
10-20-2012, 10:28 AM
Hi Ellen I am back from Disney!!! Next P & P trip will be the Cruise !!!:banana::banana::banana::banana:

YAY!!!! How was your trip? Did you get to play at F&W? Did the clients have a blast? :banana:

I've only seen it when it's rough, some days rougher than others so it was amazing to see your pics. Now that I think about it, we didn't make it in Oct 2008 as it was raining too much and the water was right up to the small concrete bridges so we turned around and went back. I guess we'll see what early December is like soon.

Yes you will, lucky girl! :cool1: Interesting to hear how it is when you go- I was addicted to the forums on TA before going, and I know people would often talk about how it was crazy weather at that end of the island over the winter- such a dramatic, extreme place in so many ways!

More awesome updates. I too am drooling everytime I read an update. It's just pure beauty and I wonder why Ohio can't look that way? Especially the are I live in...super boring....

If Ohio looked that way I'd be making a road trip 4 times a year to visit you! :rotfl:

Hey- we need to exchange phone #s before we go to WDW in 13 days! :woohoo: I forget- are you in Jambo or Kidani? Do you want to come see the GV? :)