Day 20 – A Day of Firsts
We had hoped to sleep in today, but at 3 a.m. a monsoon come pouring down, so we were awake. Then after the rain stopped the roosters made up for lost time by making a racket. So much for sleeping in, up around 6 a.m. and we sipped our coffee, catching up with the life we left behind.
Finally when we could get our motors going, we headed to Ke’e Beach for a stroll.
I came along my first of the day. A sea creature I hadn’t seen before.
I always love this view of looking at the Napali Coast in the morning.
After our morning walk on the beach we drove back to the house. We encountered another first for us, we picked up hitchhikers at Haena Beach Park. A couple older than us had been our running, but the Manoa Falls causes the road to flood here and they were concerned about crossing it. We gave them a lift to our house and they ran the rest of the way to where ever they were staying. Nice couple.
After that we were on the road to Koloa Plantation Day Parade. First though we had to make a stop at the KCC market in Lihue. We had never been to this market before and we had some firsts here.
I had my first ice coffee ever, by Moloa’a Coffee Company, the woman also gave us a yellow dragonfruit, a new fruit for us. Then we picked up some longans another first for us. This was a fun little market.
Finally we were going to make it the Koloa Plantation Day Parade to meet up with Eric and his family. Well that didn’t happen. The police must have had a miscommunication about parking. Police were detouring traffic telling us they will let you park at the other end. You get to that end and the police said, the other end is letting people park. We drove around a bit and finally the mess cleared up and we could park, but we missed the parade.
We found our friends in the tent, listening to Taiko Drummers, waiting for the comedians to start. I have never sat and listened to a live comedian before. We really enjoyed Augie T and Frank DeLima and hanging with our friends. I really had a good time playing with their baby.
After that we hit the Da Crack for some lunch. We chowed down at Poipu Beach Park. Again it was delicious and so filling.
After that we returned to the North Shore and went to see the Sand Castle Competition at Hanalei Bay. It should be called the Sand Art Competition. It was great family fun and another first for us.
It was fun walking around, checking out all the art.
We were tired and headed home. Mike decided our fruit trees needed some picking so a picking he went.
After that it was time for sunset. We walked down the road a bit.
And we had a friend join us for the sunset.
After a peaceful sunset, we sauntered home, only to find the cows having a fight across the street.
We had a grand time watching them, though I’m sure the cars passing by us thought we were nuts for watching cows. In Kauai, we enjoy each unique moment that is given to us.
Tomorrow we plan to be slugs on the beach and then I’m sure the week ahead will be full of hikes and more adventures. Maybe some more firsts?