Hiking in Hanalei

Yesterday was a day for panoramic views — wide, sweeping and breathtaking.

We woke up before the sun (thanks jet lag!) and took the jeep 1.5 hours north up the island’s ring road to Hanalei.  We parked at the trailhead and began our view-chasing hike.

Then it was up, up, up!

We loved this happy sign greeting us at summit 1:

Then it was back down again to the trailhead:

And off to the beach.

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The Garland Island

This is our second time in Kauai, this tiny, glittering dot in the middle of the South Pacific.

We rented a Jeep and got on with it — a good thing too, since many of the best beaches require a bit of off-roading to get there.  It was raining where we were staying, on the south side of the island, so we decided to head to Polihale on the island’s west shore, which is more arid and was bound to be sunny.

We got all of the tropical sun we could have hoped for, and some great cliff views of the western end of the wild Na Pali coast, the island’s most beautiful (but uninhabited) corner.


We headed over to Merriman’s to catch the end of the sunset and I partook in my first Mai Tai of the trip:

A good end to the day.  Today we’re off to Hanalei (made famous by being Puff the Magic Dragon’s home….where he”frolicked in the autumn mist…”) to hike the ‘Okolehao Trail.  According to our guidebook the trail will be “a puffer”, gaining 1,250 feet in less than two miles!

Merry and Bright

This Christmas Eve, I am in New London, New Hampshire.  The sun on the snow made for a very bright walk!

The little dogs and the big dogs loved trekking through the snow.  The little dogs looked like little snow bunnies, hopping across the drifts.

The goldens were happy to listen to G.

Lucy’s nose got a bit frosty.

May your Christmas be merry and bright!