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Day 8 – Mud, Views and Birds

Powerline View North Trail View

Decided to start the morning with a hike on the Powerline Trail North in Princeville.  You know we hadn’t met any mud in a few days and were itching to slop around in some.

Mike after slogging through mud

Park at the water tank (where most trails seem to start in Kauai, at a water tank) and go…this trail goes and goes and goes.  The views were great and really this is an easy trail, the first 1.5 miles is on a wide, rutted road easy to follow,

first part of trail

we went for another .5 miles in mud and slop, then turned around to head back.

you think you can avoid this, but really you can't, you sink on the off shoot into more mud

balance through the mud zone

The views that encased us were amazing.  We had little windows were we could see stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Along the way we encountered beautiful flowers.

On the last leg of the hike we started to really notice the trees and the fruit they were producing.  We picked guava, a type of passionfruit (though all the fully ripe ones were picked) and avocado.

When we returned to our car, we spent a good deal of time scrubbing off the mud, then headed to the Kilauea Lighthouse.

Lighthouse

It costs $5 a person to visit and it is worth it for the views and birdwatching.  The lighthouse is undergoing renovations at the time, so we weren’t able to enter.  I didn’t realize it, but this falls under the National Park jurisdiction, so if you are NPS member bring your membership card.

Birdwatching was fun, we actually had a Red Footed Booby skim directly over our heads, of course we didn’t have our cameras on.

If you notice the hill is dotted with white, birds

After spending a small amount of time here, we needed lunch.  Decided to give Kilauea Fish Market a try.  Well, let’s just say I’m not going to rave about this place like others do.  For one thing our simple order of Ono Tacos was a bit misplaced, I know new people are being trained, but still.  Then the taco consisted of fresh ono, grilled (yum) piled with lettuce(lots of it), salsa (bland),packaged cheddar cheese and a sauce (which had some flavor).  There were supposed to be grilled onions, but they were forgotten and guacamole was a dollar extra.  It was a foodie’s disappointment…

At home we cleaned up and caught up with the world.

After dinner our ritual of sunset viewing continues…

watching the sun go down

sunset

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