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Kauai - While the Hubby's Away, the Girl will....Nap?

Monday

The one thing hubby was looking forward to the most on this trip was his round of golf at Poipu Bay. Tee time at 7am meant we had to get up bright and early. Only I was still "hungover" from my seasickness the day before. Oy vay. Glad I hadn't agreed to "ride along in the golf cart" like he had wanted me to....

I was a trouper though and made it to the breakfast buffet (like I was gonna miss that anyway...)

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And hubby happily left me to hit the links. (Maybe a little too happily...???)

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And so I was left with an option. Throw on the swimsuit and hit the pool/beach ... OR ... go back to that gloriously cool and refreshing bed and take an after-breakfast-nap. Bet you know which one I chose!

After a 2 1/2 hour nap (I am a power napper) I woke up feeling much better. Like I could actually put a swimsuit on. And sit by the pool. And read. Such hard work.

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Hubs got back to the Koa Kea around lunchtime, and after he took a dip in the pool we headed out on our next sightseeing expedition. Seasickness be darned, I was going to see the Waimea Canyon!

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But first, we must eat. At Tortilla Republic. Yes - it's a chain, but it had open tables, a cool breeze in the bar, and icy frozen margaritas.
And chips & salsa. I must. Plus guacamole. I must again.

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Some pretty chicken flautas too

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Sufficiently stuffed we grabbed our guidebook, sweatshirts, hiking sandals, bottled water and trail mix and got in the car to drive through the canyon. Wait - you thought we were bringing all that stuff to hike through it? No way! Those are the supplies needed to survive a few hours in the car. We were roughing it!

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Waimea Canyon is gorgeous. It's called the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific" for a reason. The red clays of Kauai mixed with the verdant green trees.

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There are several lookouts along the drive up to the top of the canyon - and we stopped at every one.

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The vastness of it all is breathtaking.

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Turns out we didn't need my supplies - fresh fruit is available, even up here!

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We kept driving up winding roads...

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And finally made it up to the Kalalau Lookout - and in the background, gorgeous views of the coast. Pictures just do not do it justice. The blues and aquas of the water next to the red sand, green vegetation....I see why Kauai is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

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With the afternoon winding down, and the sun beginning to set, we wound down the road back through Waimea and stopped for a treat we happened to spot on the way up -

SHAVE ICE! And not just any shave ice....

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Jo-Jo's has quite a following. We stood in line and pondered our choices.

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It's a little overwhelming! POG with blueberry? No - wait, lilikoi and pineapple. Er, um maybe coconut and mai tai. But lychee and pina colada sounds good too...oh and don't forget about the ice cream too!

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...and finally I decided. I got a stuffed snoball. I know it's a "shave ice" in Hawaii, but we're from New Orleans and it will always be a snoball or "stuffed" snoball if there's ice cream in the middle. My final choice - lilikoi, pink lemonade and blue hawaii. Stuffed with vanilla ice cream.

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Whatever you call it, it was good. Icy, sweet, creamy, fruity and definitely hit the spot.

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We made our way back to Poipu and settled in for an early night. We had every intention of heading out to Roy's for a nice meal, but.... just didn't. Sometimes a quiet evening in listening to the waves on your balcony is better anyway.

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Posted by weathergirl29 14:13

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