|First morning from the resort beach. It was overcast and threatening rain and the point blocked any sunrise so I opted to hike out to the point seen in this picture.|
I should back up that this trip all started a little over a year ago when my wife decided that she wanted to go to a different medical conference for her continuing education than the series she had been going to. That meant that the next conference was being held in Kauai of all places and so when she asked if I would keep her company, I dragged my feet and eventually said yes. Actually, I think I said Hell Yeah and began packing immediately only to be disappointed when she told me it was still a year away.
I had great visions of seeing active volcanoes and Pearl Harbor but soon my research revealed that I would see neither of those things. However, there seemed plenty to see on the tiny island and it a whole lot of culture to absorb so I was still excited to go. The conference lasted a week with my wife tied up in lectures every morning. I would hike up to some ocean side cliffs to watch the sunrise every morning and then drive around scouting various things so that when my wife was off around one, we could hit the high lights and enjoy the rest of the day. It worked well.
For us, the culture wasn't too shocking since the islands are almost 30% Filipino and I'm married too one. It was highly commercialized but due to its small size and perhaps lesser popularity compared to the other islands, dealing with that wasn't too bad. There is only one main road that goes about 75% of the way around the island and it was always busy but traffic for the most part went smoothly so we were able to get to where we were heading and not feel beaten down by the drive to get there.
By the time our return flight had arrived, I felt as if I had seen all that I had wanted to see and could check it off my list. I still have a desire to see an active volcano and Pearl Harbor but I'm not sure if I will make a special trip back to see either. Only time will tell. I'll probably stick up a few more posts on my time there and some observations over the coming few weeks mixed in with some other stuff. I hope you enjoy them.
|The sunrise from the backside of the point. Much better view and I did get soaked walking back to the resort afterwards in a pouring rainstorm!|