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Old 10-10-2012, 11:03 PM   #196
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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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Your pictures are so gorgeous and the excursions you take are so amazing!
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Old 10-14-2012, 05:38 PM   #198
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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.
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:01 PM   #199
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Hi Ellen! I'm finally all caught up!

Like Mary Ellen said - WOW! Your pics are amazing.

-Crazy Zip Lining - you are so brave! 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!

- 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.

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!
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Old 10-15-2012, 11:46 AM   #200
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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-



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! 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.

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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-





Can you see them? All jumping together?



This is how it is on the beach- all the Hawaiians coming at the end of the day to hang-



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-



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.....



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! Pods started with a Mai Tai-



And I had one of my FAVORITE drinks of the the trip- a Guava Dacquiri-



OMGEEEEEEEE, that was good!The boys watched football while we waited-



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-



Gotta say, they were very tasty, but...the BEST fish tacos were still to come on this trip.... 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



Pods went with Scallops Meuniere
Sauteed giant sea scallops served over fresh french croutes with a lemon herbed, brown butter sauce. 24.95 -



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



Timmy, in an extremely rare moment, finished first-



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!!

After THAT ordeal was over, it was time for another visit to-

Cont'd next post-

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Old 10-15-2012, 11:57 AM   #201
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Well, there's only one place I would go for our last Kauai sunset- DUH!













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. My family doesn't exactly hate it there either-





Aaahhhhhh....back in Princeville, we stopped for ice cream at Lappert's again before heading back to....pack up. 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-



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!!!!!!!!


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Old 10-15-2012, 01:00 PM   #202
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Great update, great sunset, great EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics, Ellen!
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:37 PM   #203
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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!

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Wow! I am speechless! Those are wonderful photos. Lucky girl!

Thanks for sharing, Ellen!
Thanks, Karin- it was absolutely unbelievable.

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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....

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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! 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!

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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.

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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 )

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.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:56 PM   #205
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So beautiful. What great memories you guys are making for your sons!
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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.
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That food looks amazing! But...that Guava Dacquiri has my mouth watering......YUM!!! So glad you had two!!!


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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.

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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?

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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
OMG!! That was HYSTERICAL! The Floozy lives in LA and wants to be an actress- her whole family (and boyfriend) were on board with us. Floozy.....

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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.
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:46 PM   #209
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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
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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.

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Hi Ellen! I'm finally all caught up!

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! 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!

Well then- you must be blonde, too!

- 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!" 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.

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?

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Great update, great sunset, great EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for sharing the pics, Ellen!
YOU are very welcome, Karin. I have been enjoying yours, as well!

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Another gorgeous sunset!!!!
It sure was! The best one we saw there.

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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.

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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. 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!

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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....
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