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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

D is for driving, we're so glad we did in Hawaii

There's a letter D somewhere in these clouds above Kauai's Na Pali coast. Don't let your eyes be confused by the odd B and a rather fat example of the letter X. Hawaii has wonderful clouds for alphabet-seekers.

We had reserved a small rental car for our week on Kauai, but the only vehicle available was a Chevy Malibu, just like we have at home. Made it so easy, just hop in and drive off, no looking for what knob or switch is where.

One day we headed south past Nawiliwili Harbor, Kauai. For a while we thought we were lost amongst this beautiful scenery, but soon found a road leading into the city of Lihue, a useful place to be able to find for shopping.

We were staying in Kapaa, Kauai, and found some super-scenic seashore when we headed north from there.

The sign west of Kapaa said Opaekaa Falls, but we didn't try to pronounce it.

One day when I wasn't feeling well, Dick took the car and headed for Waimea Canyon on his own.
Not all roads on the island were passable, because it had just rained. Really rained, tropical style.

Dick got to see Waimea Canyon, however, and it looked almost, but not quite, the same as it looked when we flew through it on our fabulous tour with Island Helicopters. (There had been no low clouds that day!)

When we left Kauai, we took the multi-island cruise on NCL's Pride of America, which stopped for two days on the beautiful island of Maui. Instead of going on shore excursions, Dick rented a car and drove the twisting road southeast to Hana the first day. I was still unwell, so I stayed on the ship.

Three young surfers in the water off Maui. Dick got this picture of one, upper left, getting onto his board while another, right, heads out and passes the third surfer coming in. 

The next day, we both went up Maui's 10,000-foot dormant volcano,  Mount Haleakala.  I chose not to go with Dick as he stepped off the road, apparently into nowhere, even though I knew there was a path hiding in this cloud.

Posted for the letter D in the alphabetical meme, ABC Wednesday.
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30 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Love the pics of your drive while in Hawaii and how perfect for the D Day! Hawaii is one of those places I always wanted to visit, your photos are the next best thing, Kay! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia
ABC Team

Carver said...

Thank you so much for sharing your drives in beautiful Hawaii with us. Great take on the letter D.

RNSANE said...

I visited Maui, for the first time, when I was only eighteen, staying at the home of an Army friend who had been stationed in my home town of Ft. Benning, GA. My family always hosted the guys from Hawaii for holidays since few of them could get back home. Tom's family had ivited me to visit so, between my first and second year of nursing school, I did. I think that is how I developed my great love for all things Japanese. I was treated like a VIP. I've been back to Maui, and other places in Hawaii, many times over the years.

Francisca said...

Hah, we both share driving for D! But I must say, lush tropics appeal to me more than sand dunes! Although I was in Hawaii in 1979, your photos remind me how very similar the place is to the Philippines. No wonder my sweetie like is here, as he has always said Hawaii is the only place he'd consider living in the USA. A dazzling D post, dear Kay.

Leslie: said...

Thanks for the drive around Hawaii. I've been to Maui and to Oahu and enjoyed both places but I've always wanted to do that cruise around the other islands. Hope you're having a great week.

Leslie
ABCW Team

Rajesh said...

Beautiful images of Hawaii. Have a good time holidaying.

chubskulit said...

I am so envy of the weather there, over here, still freezing.

Want to find out my D, come and see!

Kay said...

I so enjoy seeing your photos from Hawaii. You were in Kapaa? Too cool! My aunt and uncle live in Kapaa. I don't know if I told you about that fog we saw at the Pali. We heard later that it was vog that made our visibility so poor. I'm glad you got an easy to drive car.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderfully scenic!

Hildred and Charles said...

Love traveling with you Kay, - gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing....

Vernz said...

What an adventure Kay... you've drove to have a good time.. not to get on time.. awesome! dropping by.. How are you?

Lily Hydrangea said...

I love driving in unknown territory! & it looks like you two took full advantage & explored as much as you could, good for you!
Love your pics.

SquirrelQueen said...

I love the photo with all the signs, my hubby and I would have to check out that "umimproved, narrow, dirt" road.

Great drive Kay, thanks for taking us along.

Greyscale Territory said...

What a wonderful adventure this must have been seeing so many varied island sights! Great photos!

Jedediah said...

The last photo really looks dangerous.
I think there are worse things than to be lost on Hawaii.

Reader Wil said...

Thanks for the wonderful drive! Hawaii must be a very interesting island. I always read the blogs of Cloudia and the other Kay too! Did you meet either of them?

jabblog said...

Wonderful photos, Kay - they really give a great sense of the place. The deserted beach is glorious but the final photo made me smile - all too easy to think Dick was stepping off the edge of the world;-)

KaHolly said...

Hawaii is definitely on my wish list of destinations. Trouble is, I probably wouldn't want to leave. Ever. Nice shots. Glad you had a good time.

Kim, USA said...

You had a very beautiful shots. I am only concern of road sign, lol!! Happy Wednesday!
ABC-Wednesday

Mr Puddy said...

I love the beach shot, Kay
Nice and relax feeling : )
xxx

Roger Owen Green said...

really want to be visiting HI someday. It alway cracks me up, tho, that the state has Interstate highways!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Emily Young said...

Beautiful photos! I came to your blog by way of my mom (Let a Joy Keep You).

I wanted to visit Hawaii ever since I watched "Lost" which was filmed there - the scenery looks so gorgeous.

Paula Scott said...

Sorry you missed out on Waimea and Hana! You will need to go back someday! Lovely images-kind of made me homesick...

Carola said...

Great post.

EG Wow said...

I can see you loved Hawaii! It sure is a gorgeous place!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

If/when we get to Hawaii, this is what we'd want to do! (I've been there to visit our grand-daughter who went to school there, but Bill hasn't.) So many wonderful places.....

Thanks for the virtual tour.

Beverley Baird said...

What gorgeous shots of Hawaii! Looks like you had a lovely driving tour of the island!
Happy Valentine's Day!

Nanka said...

Enjoyed the drive around Hawaii!! Nice pics and beautiful scenes!!

Hooked on Memes said...

Thanks for sharing your drive around Hawaii. I have never been to Hawaii and now you make me hanker to visit those beautiful islands.

Steff_here said...

hello,

may i post ur sky photos for my tumblr?

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