after spending the first six days in kauai camping and sleeping in the jeep, i can't tell you how good that first night in a hotel felt! we might have started out a little bit more bohemian and adventurous, but i was ready for a little comfort and relaxation.
we stayed in a beach hotel in wailua where we could leave our screen door open and listen to the waves crashing...while lying in a comfortable bed! yay! and so we started enjoying our vacation from our vacation. we snorkeled at the sunny southern beach of poipu, ate shaved ice, kayaked up wailua river to a waterfall with kevin sorbo, and swam with sea turtles at anini beach.
while enjoying a relaxing time in kauai, we attacked our final big adventure...the kalalau trail. we decided to just enjoy the beautiful coast and not push ourselves too far, so i have to admit- we didn't complete the whole 25 mile trail. in all honesty, we only hiked about 5 miles of it...but it was really pretty and really super muddy and slippery. winter is the rainy season in kauai, and these mountains receive 300-600 inches of rain per year. so it was beautifully lush and green, but also muddy. we lucked out, and only got rained on for the last few minutes on the trail, but there wasn't a dry step.
after we enjoyed a beautiful hike in the jungle, we stopped at a local farmer's market and bought a variety of locally grown tropical fruit. we ate some yummy coconut, star fruit, pineapple, and hawaiian lychee. yum!
kauai was such a BEAUIFUL island and we feel so lucky to have had the chance to visit. happy 2016! and mahalo, kauai! mahalo.