Kauai, Hawaii – The Views and Colors

Visiting the State of Hawaii has always been on my bucket list.  I’ve been to many beautiful beaches, like St. Martin, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and many places in Florida.  Although, Hawaii was always on my mind but out of reach for various reasons.  Recently, Micah and I were able to visit Kauai.  Before going, I learned Kauai was one of many islands in the Hawaiian Archipelago. In fact, Sprout & Sprout (2010) mention in the center of the Pacific Ocean, “is the Hawaiian Archipelago, some 132 islands strung in line for about 1,600 miles, all part of the State of Hawaii” p. 8.  As far as populated places, Kauai is the northernmost of all those.

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I would love to share with you some of our wonderful visits on this lovely island, which is why I took a lot of pictures.  From the moment we flew into Lihue Airport, the air was fresh and temperature mild, which was perfect after leaving 0 to 10 degree temperatures in Alaska.  I bet the beauty of the island erased at least one wrinkle formed from years of contemplation and hard work.

For starters, we stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wailua Bay (on the eastern side of the island.) It was a pretty place with an open-air lobby and restaurant.  I really liked it!  We never did swim at the hotel because it rained for several days. However, they apparently had two pools and a hot tub.  When the rain cleared, we figured it a better use of time to go snorkeling.  Micah and went snorkeling on a Poipu Beach beside a restaurant where we had a light lunch and a fancy cocktail.   It was a lovely day and we did see some colorful, unique fish.

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Hilton Garden Inn Lobby Restaurant
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There are Roosters and Chickens everywhere on this island.
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Our hang out behind the restaurant…
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Furthermore, there were many beautiful scenes and pull off areas.  Unfortunately, I don’t know the names of all these places but all of these are easily accessible from the main road.  The main roadway where the tourists travel have many areas to stop, get out, and enjoy the scenery.  Although, one of my favorite places on the island was the beautiful, breath-taking Waimea Canyon Lookout.

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Micah, do you know you have some beautiful water behind you?
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Yes, I am enjoying the scenery. Life is good!
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A cave beside the beach

 

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Where is David Hasselhoff?
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Exposed Roots… Sorry, Alice Merton, there are roots- literally and figuratively.

 

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Waimea Canyon Rainbow

All-in-all, this was a great visit, regardless of work (Micah and I had to work some) and the rain.  Micah worked (at a conference) at the Grand Hyatt Poipu, which was a resort quality hotel.  It was absolutely fantastic too even though I didn’t spend much time there.

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Grand Hyatt – Day and Night – Photos taken by Micah
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I feel so lucky to have been able to go on the trip and see a place that has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember.  I hope you enjoyed the images of this beautiful place.

Hugs and Happiness,

Mel

Reference:

Sprout, J. & Sprout, J. (2010). Kauai trailblazer. Kilauea, HI: Diamond Valley Company Publishers.

Family Vacation Spot: Chico Hot Springs

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Sitting here on this beautiful Wednesday, I had several thoughts come to mind.  Brainstorming about which topic I wanted to discuss with you today, I decided on Chico Hot Springs.  Why?  I guess because I am looking out to snow-covered streets and realizing this is the beginning of winter with much more snow and darkness to come.  Reminiscing about the beauty of the hot springs warms me up…

Last summer, Micah, Caris, and I drove from Anchorage to Georgia.  I’ll spare you the details of why that trip occurred, but on the way back, we enjoyed many stops along the way.  I felt like a tamer version of the Griswold family. (I love the Griswolds.  As a child, I liked the children more. Now, I relate more to the parents. Clark Griswold is a character!)

While in Montana, we stopped at the beautiful Chico Hot Springs hotel and health resort.  I am so happy we took the hour drive off the beaten path to visit this place.  It was well worth it! Not only is it listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Department of the Interior, but it just feels good to hang out there.  In 1910, the place was considered a medical facility because of the power of the healing waters in the springs.  I can tell you it makes you feel wonderful.  I can only imagine if I had this option in my backyard or nearby neighborhood.  I would visit all the time.  Since we stopped randomly to stay at this place, we lucked up because they were almost fully booked. The lady at the front desk said we would have to stay off site in one of their cabins, but would be charged the same rate as being on the premises.  The springs are beside a bar, restaurant, and hotel, and is essentially one part of a tiny town.  There is a clothing shop and other places to purchase items to make your stay comfortable. Children are all around excited about the hot springs and the town.  Nearby, there was also a camel riding activity that Caris enjoyed.  I didn’t know if she would be in sensory overload or be brave enough to ride the entire time, but she rode on the camel, named Butter, with a guide without issue.

Since we had a cooler packed with foods, we made our way to the cabin not knowing how lucky we were!  When we arrived, we were met with a beautiful, private, and spacious cabin with a great view of the mountains.  In fact, this place was so awesome that we would really love to build a cabin like it one day.  If you get the opportunity to visit Chico Hot Springs, do it!  Regardless of whether you luck up in the cabin, or stay in one of the on-site rooms, you will be happy you did so.  The children will love it and parents will too! Shown below are some pictures from that spontaneous adventure.

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There is a roof over some of the hot springs leading into the building.
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Most of the hot springs pool is open.
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The front of the pretty cabin we stayed at during the trip.
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You go through the bar area to get to the springs.
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Caris enjoyed the camel ride and didn’t feel unsafe at all.

Blogging for peace,

Mel