Well, we've been healthy for two weeks! We've gone on lots of adventures.
Last week we rented a car on Thursday on the island of Kauai. The whole cast went along and we toured a large part of the island. There was a high surf advisory so even protected beaches were really rough. We went to Poipu to snorkel and we were lucky enough to see another Monk Seal. The snorkeling was okay due to the surf but it was just nice to get in the water.
From there we went to Spouting Horn. Spouting Horn is a blowhole on the shore of Kauai. The legend of Spouting Horn is this - a female Molo (giant evil lizard) was living on the shore and eating fisherman - one fisherman was attacked by the Molo and he managed to drive his fishing spear into her mouth and trap her in the blowhole. She is still trapped there to this day and every time Spouting Horn blows you can hear her roar in pain and hunger.
The roar every time it blew was very cool - kind of creepy and eerie. Worth the stop!
From there, we drove all the way to end of the road which was the head of the Na Pali coast. We also looked at Barking Sands and the Military Base located there. The road was literally blocked off with a military blockade.
After that we decided we would go to the Waimea Brewery and have a beer and some happy hour appetizers. It was beautiful there - they are located on the grounds of an old Sugar Plantation and there are several cute rental bungalows on the grounds. We walked out to the black sand beach at sunset and watched the sun melt below the lip of the world.
On Honolulu, we went snorkeling which was nice. We saw the biggest Trumpet fish we've ever seen.
On Maui, we rented another car. This time the crew was Andy, John, us and Sean from "Oh, What a Night!" (OWAN). OWAN is a Frankie Valley tribute show on the ship. They sing and dance and tell jokes. Sean is a lot of fun and he's quick to laugh so we're big fans.
We all piled into a little car and drove to the Iao Needle Valley and then we hiked the Acid Warzone to the Nakele Blowhole. The surf was high again so it was all very dramatic.
We did this hike last year and it was great to share it with the new cast members this year.
Today we're on Kona and it gorgeous. It seems the storm system that was sitting on the islands is gone so we're in good weather.
Monk Seal on Poipu Beach
Spouting Horn the other side
John, Andy & Larrance at Spouting Horn
Iao Needle - they believe it is the phallus of the ocean god.
Iao Needle Valley
Nakelele Blowhole doing its thing.
L in the Acid Warzone
Rocks of the Acid Warzone
Maui Sunset over Ma'alaea Harbor
Sunset end - followed by a great Green Flash which I just missed taking a photo of!