Posts Tagged ‘hiking’

Whale Watching Both Free and Exciting, Where to View Whales in Kauai

January 14, 2010

We’ve been whale watching over the past several days.  They have finally arrived in our area of Kauai.  We love it.  We parked above Glass Beach by the shearwater release site to view them with sundaes from Mickey D’s.  A grand excursion that only costs 2 bucks for 2.    Life is good.  This is the first time in my life I have ever seen whales.

Sunrise in Kalaheo

I’m loving it.  No good whale pictures yet I was too absorbed with just taking in the sight of them.  We’ve come across several pods of humpbacks.  I can watch them for hours.  The first thing that is visible is the large spout from where they breathe.  I find if I keep watching after they spout,  many times they  breach the water.  What a sight to behold.  We also went on a hike west of the Salt Pond County Park along the coast and found other great whale watching opportunities.  Hiking about one mile brought us to a high elevation rocky coast where the whales were well visualized, but I was without camera.  This area was beautiful and private,  perfect for an afternoon of whale observation.  Hopefully photographs of whales are soon to come.  Maybe next time I’ll bring my camera.

Another of my photos was featured in the Garden Island News on January 12th 2010, I feel very privileged.

I’ve been working on my garden here in Kalaheo.  I’m thinking having a garden is going to save a great deal of money by decreasing the amount of produce I have to purchase.

our new garden, just planted

I am currently harvesting tomatoes, avocados, grapefruit, key lime, oranges, figs and Hawaiian hot peppers.

Bowl of grapefruit harvested, cleaned chilled and ready to nourish and refresh.

Soon the lettuce, arugula and papaya will be ready.  I can’t wait.

marauder caught on night time camera

lettuce seedlings going in tomorrow, expecting lettuce in 2 weeks, hooray

Whales are a Kauai must see.


November 5, 2009

We started of our adventure at Salt Pond County Park, close to home and easy to get to. I had noticed a small trail going up a hill and beyond from the parking lot, so in hiking boots instead of our regular flip flops, we went in and soon wondered if we should continue.

following a path from our favorite salt pond

the path less traveled

An empty creek bed, an overgrown cane field, and a red dirt road brought us to a field of magnificent cane, in rows over 12 feet high.

i went to a party down a red dirt road

the red dirt road

Inside the field was otherworldly, the sun trickled in, the sky was clear blue above and the stalks rustled loudly with each wind gust. Walking on, a more barren area, bulldozed with red dirt, spent cane, some junk and little vegetation.

heap of cast away cane

heap of cast away cane

Heading south toward the ocean, old car wreckage perched for an excellent view of crashing waves and rocky coast. These rocks along the coast have so many layers and textures, from centuries of lava flowing. Rough and pitted, smooth, round and cloud-like. You can imagine what it was like when the molten lava met with the sea. Just as we reached the water and began to explore the tidal pools, it rained and Chris found us a small cave where we waited out the storm. Soon we were exploring again and found an old prop with its whole drive shaft intact, from some old shipwreck. Tidal pools,  abundant with a variety of creatures, jagged, slippery rocks and crashing waves. This was a dangerous endeavor; Chris kept watch for giant waves while I explored and took photos. Rogue waves can sweep you away if you aren’t careful. It was well worth the effort to experience a place probably never seen by tourists.

the sea boils

the sea boils

tidal pool fish

tidal pool fish

tidal pool inhabitants

tidal pool inhabitants

Mahaulepu Heritage Trail

October 29, 2009

Hiking the Mahaulepu Heritage Trail today, along the coast east of Poipu. (We gained access on a dirt and rock cane field road, with the kind of bumps and ruts you think will swallow your car.

Driving the old Acura we don’t look so much like tourists anymore, though we could see remnants of broken car windows where we parked, when something left inside was just too tempting. Don’t leave anything of value in the car, drive an old car and don’t lock your car doors so thieves don’t have to break a window. We even left the windows down, to say “nothing worth stealing here.” The risks were small compared to the rewards.

With its beaches and landmarks, this trail was awe inspiring. It’s so hard to believe that this is the US: there’s no entrance fee, no signs with rules, and no garbage strewn around. The whole area was immaculate. It’s actually private property where the owners allow access to the public at their own risk.

We had the best day ever. We came upon a cold, fresh water stream lazily flowing into the warm ocean, like our own private beach, protected from the crashing waves by large lava outcrops that created a shallow pool. When you lie down, it looks like one of those infinity pools with the waves crashing beyond it. Under the sand here you can feel hard, smooth rock, and it’s reported that when the waves and tide are right, ancient petroglyphs are revealed near the mouth of the Waiopili Stream. Sixty-seven carvings and markings, with glyphs ranging in size from twelve inches to six-and-a-half feet in length. The carvings are normally covered by beach sand, as they were today.

churning above our private pool

above our private pool

chisled round with private pool

round rock

great place

great place

pools within the cliffs

pools within cliffs

red dirt

red dirt

rocky path to paradise

rocky path to paradise

waves carving the cliffs

waves carve the cliffs