It felt like we had just plopped our heads on our pillows when the roosters started up. Minutes later our alarms chimed in. I’ll be honest, the weather was looking fierce when we landed the day before, and I thought for sure we would skip this hike. Maybe I was even a little bit hopeful of it. But, up & at ’em we were, and into the unknown.
Hanakapi’ai Falls is just off of the Kalalau Trail… which I will totally brag about completing until the day I die because that thing was no joke (and even though a portion of the trail to Hanakapi’ai is along the Kalalau trail, hiking to the waterfall is not the same thing as “hiking the Kalalau,” for the record. I have to emphasize that as another way of bragging. Sorry! Humor me.)
Continue reading How to: Swim in a 300ft Waterfall
Everything you can imagine is real
This is and has been my favorite quote for quite some time so I’m just going to lead with it…
On our first day on Kauai, we woke up with the roosters and got our butts to the trail head that would later show us our way to one of the most magical, secluded beaches in the world. Continue reading A Little Slice of Heaven: Kalalau Beach
Still jet-lagged from my fifth visit to the beautiful Hawaiian islands…where I think I finally discovered the answer to this question that I’m constantly getting:
What is it that you like about Hawaii so much? Continue reading WHY HAWAII?
Years from now when the Army sends us into the next chapter, my memories of this southern city will be anchored to the beauty of the oaks draped in Spanish Moss in the warm summer air. Continue reading Walking in Wormsloe
Work sent me to Charleston for training so I started Googling places worth checking out near the area. I was in a bit of a post travel depression and in need of a local pick-me-up and that’s exactly what I found about an hour away. Continue reading Botany Bay Beach
As much as I love laying on the beach soaking in the sun, my hubbs does not. So this activity was actually a compromise that ended up being pretty cool. Continue reading Kayak to Cockspur Island Lighthouse
The photographer in me dreamed of red-hot lava flowing into the cool-blue waves of the pacific ocean in clouds of white steam for months before flying to the Big Island of Hawaii. Continue reading Mt KILAUEA : Meeting Pele
This post is an alternative for those traveling to the Big Island when volcanic activity is minimal. My first trip to the island, this was exactly the case and was a tough pill to swallow as I was expecting something much different. But the power of Pele is all around and active flow or not, you have to stop by and spend a little time in Volcano.
You may be thinking all sunsets are pretty much the same…fair enough. This one is too, except for the fact that if you make the trek, you’re watching the sunset from above the clouds…from the top of the tallest mountain in the entire world that, if measured from its base, is almost a mile taller than Mt Everest! …& oh yeah, IT’S A DORMANT VOLCANO!! Continue reading ADVENTURE AND A SUNSET; IF YOU’RE INTO THAT SORT OF THING