EleeleMarch 8, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C
I was getting too comfortable staying at the resort every day so it was time to venture out. I decided to head West to look for the setting sun. My goal was to find Glass Beach and a black sand beach, which I never did find. I ended up at Salt Pond Park just as the sun was going down. This park was filled with local young people and their coolers of beer and families with their BBQs. It was a very happy place for a Wednesday evening. The hour drive there was pretty and scenic but driving back in the dark was less exciting. The 2 lane road is heavily trafficked, narrow, winding, and hilly with a max speed of 80 km/h but I seemed to be the only one obeying the law.
Some observations from my first week in Kauai. They drive fast and get in accidents which can potentially shut down the main highway for hours. Two MVA deaths this week. Also two helicopter crashes this week with fatalities. Groceries are very expensive. For example, chicken breasts $10/pound; romaine lettuce $4; cucumbers $2/pound; tomatoes $4/pound; white mushrooms $7/pound; a small bunch of green onions $2.50; and one yellow onion $2. I've been eating mostly pasta and stir fry, although Canadian farm-raised salmon was a steal at $8/pound. The locals are very polite and friendly, as are the other tourists I've spoken with. Kauai is lush and green so it goes without saying that there will be rain....fortunately most of it has been in the evening and night. The temperatures have been 24-27 during the day and 19 at night.
As I was finishing my packing the night before my departure, John had a sudden attack of "aloha envy" and asked me to find him a flight to Kauai. Once I arrived here it took several attempts but I eventually got lucky and was able to get him a return flight at a reasonable cost. He arrived safely this evening on the same grueling flight itinerary I was on.....tired but happy to be in Kauai.Read more