Kauai 2018: Day One
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Vacation for me, in hindsight, is always a total blur. On returning to reality from Vacationland, I can usually remember just about everything we did — the places we saw, the faces, the flavors — but the mental chronology is invariably a jumbled mess. I remember we went to that one beach, sure — but was that before we went to that other beach, or after? My brain shrugs. Pictures are the only way I can keep it all straight; EXIF data never lies.
We spent seven days on Kauai in all, and our first was mostly about finding our footing. We stayed in Poipu, where most families go, in a little condo on the water was pretty darn perfect: two bedrooms, two bathrooms, full kitchen, full laundry, and enough well-placed fans to keep us all cool into the night. The plan going in was to spend most of the trip in Poipu — far from my personal choice (I wanted to hike!), but with the kids, we decided it’d probably be best to stick close to home — but over the next few days, we’d end up making our way around much of the island, from Kekaha Beach in the west to Hanalei in the north, and a little trip up into to Waimea Canyon as well.
I’ll post for each day indivudually here, so for starters, here’s day one, wherein we obtain (and learn much about) some excellent coffee, swim with a sea turtle, get some fantastic tacos and shave ice, and come home, tired, to watch the sun come down over paradise.