Friday Dreams: Kauai.

I know it was just a couple months ago that we got back from our honeymoon in Kauai but it’s not hard to miss PARADISE when the weather is starting to move from chilly to just really f-ing cold and you’re trying to save money on your gas bill because you’ve never HAD a gas bill before and how does it even work and you’re wearing three sweaters and woolly socks around the house, which really disturbs your ability to do just about anything involving arms so you’re pretty much forced to just sit in a little bundled ball and wait for spring or someone to bring you hot cocoa or maybe just for So You Think You Can Dance to come on, whichever comes first. And I know that last bit about SYTYCD doesn’t even really make sense but bear with me, I’m freezing.

Plus I’m just now realizing that I never even blogged here about our honeymoon after the fact, which must have completely slipped my mind after uploading about 747 pictures to Facebook and posting a recap on EAD so, my bad, guys. Allow me to make it up to you today in our little  Friday dreams weekly travel interlude series for NaBloPoMo.

During our honeymoon, I felt strongly compelled to keep track of my thoughts and our daily activities in a very long and very detailed travel log. Writing it all down helped me better remember what we did each day, which made the trip feel so much longer. And while the full contents of the log would likely bore you to tears, I did want to share a few excerpts with you. Because my flowery language from those dreamlike 10 days actually describes everything so much better than I can do now in my current sarcastic, embittered-by-the-cold state.

So here goes…

Kauai mountains

{Princeville playground, taken with Nikon D60}

We arrived late last night. In darkness we drove north along the coastline on Kauai’s main highway…unaware of the stunning ocean views to our right and mountains looming to our left. The next morning, still getting accustomed to the time difference, we awoke at dawn with the crowing of the wild roosters that seem to roam the island freely. We emerged from our room to behold the view from our lanai for the first time, to our right, the calm blue waters of the Pacific, to our left, the craggy outline of mountains behind a small grove of palms. As I was cooking…I felt a wave of liquid giddiness pulsing through my veins, very real and present. And at first I couldn’t place it, but then I decided it must be nothing short of happiness, in its purest form.

AS Kauai

The drive is always scenic. Trees, jungle, forest, fields, farms, mountains, oceans. Sky. As we drove, it began to cloud over and I felt almost thankful. When the sun is shining and the skies are clear, it’s so achingly beautiful here that it pains you to know that people get to live here. And one day, you’ll have to leave.

Leaves at Waimea Canyon

A homemade guide at the condo pointed us to a few local beaches and we spent the morning beach hopping, first at a small cove decorated with what we assumed were black lava rocks, where we could only sit in the shallowest parts and admire how our rings looked underwater, and then at the larger Hanalei Bay, a wider beach with lapping waves and stunning views of the mountains that framed the bay, the clouds gathering at their peaks as if in conference.

Sunny hat

Then, into the interior. Over rainforest and jungle. Over valleys, where on every side you saw waterfall after stunning waterfall. They would fall down an expanse of steep mountain, stop, pool, then fall again. I’d never seen anything like it. I wanted to visit all of them, but it would be nearly impossible.

Kauai waterfalls

Throughout the tour I was giddy with excitement and drunk with awe of the entire island. Not just it’s beauty, but it’s mysticism and mysteriousness. So much is hidden on Kauai. It is an island that hosts thousands of visitors every year and yet, we know so little of it. The tour made me appreciate our honeymoon spot so much more. As we flew, perfect rainbows floated in midair. Sometimes, I wondered if only I could see them. But they were very real, we could even capture them on photo and video.

Blue Hawiian helicopter tour

I waited for him to climb the mossy ladder the locals had kindly installed before attempting to do it myself. I too had to use the knotted up rope to bring in the main rope for me to use. Once I had it, I started to get nervous. Andreas was coaching me, hold the rope high, find a good spot and push off, but suddenly I felt I couldn’t do it. The water looked so far down. What if I didn’t push off right and came swinging back into the sharp rocks and slippery roots? What if I didn’t grab onto the rope right and just fell straight down into a shallow part? What if I didn’t let go at the right time and came barreling right back into the tree? I realized I’d never done anything quite like this before and unlike ziplining with professionals yesterday, this was completely unregulated. Just a rope and a mossy ladder back the Kauai woods.  Was I crazy?

One day I’m sure we’ll return to Kauai. We definitely left a piece of our hearts there.