It is a good thing I packed two days of stuff into yesterday, because I will be doing absolutely nothing today.
I had reservations for a cruise up the coast at 1:30 and it takes 40 minutes or so to drive to the pier. I started early thinking I would take the meandering way. First, I stopped at Safeway for breakfast again. Then I headed toward Poipu, the southshore beach. I drove through it and didn’t stop primarily because the public parking lot I found was flooded out from the rain. But I did stop at a little shopping center that I quickly determined was was the newfangled hangout of the affluent transplants to Kauai’s first gated community.
Next, I found the coffee plantation. It is relatively new, having started with a parcel of land from the old sugar plantation that had been around since the beginning of time. Apparently, sugar is labor-intensive and became too expensive to continue. So they had a nice Visitor’s Center and coffee tasting and a short walking tour.
I didn’t much sample the coffee, but I tried one. I prefer Kona.
Once back on the road, I saw a sign to Waimea Canyon. I didn’t think I would make it over there, as the map made it seem pretty far off. But it was still early and the sign said 17 miles so I took it.
Seventeen miles up a mountain takes a pretty long time. And it wasn’t terribly well marked, so I actually had to stop to be sure I was still headed in the right direction. I was. It took so long that I decided that if I wasn’t at the top by 11am I would have to turn around. I made it at 10:45. And you guys:
I could have missed this. I hate to be a “take your pictures and leave” type, but it was necessary.
So I headed for the Pier, which is a whole other story.