Hunting Dinosaurs

31 08 2011

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With great success we’ve been living in a tent since the 13th of August. After hitch hiking from the Lihue airport to the end of the road on the north shore of Kauai and stumbling upon a full moon dance party complete with lasers, fog machine and three different DJs. We hiked out the Na Pali coast to Kalalau beach. Camped in a cave for the week; hiking up the valley to crystal clear fresh water pools, swimming around the point at the end of the beach to the natural arch, water falls and deserted beach at Honapu and lounging with some valley legends. It was pretty easy to see why people had been living in and out of Kalalau for 25+ years. It looked like Jurassic Park and felt like The Beach without the drama. Easily one the most unreal landscapes I have ever seen. In fact the entire Kauai vibe has been other-worldly. I now understand what is meant by the spirit of aloha. .
 
After we had to leave Kalalau beach, due to a goat hunt, we met up with Mackenzie, another volunteer traveler that had worked at the Kahumana farm on Oahu. She was a gracious host and let us crash at the house she was taking care of for the week on the East shore. From there we headed to the South shore and rented a car for four days of easy mobility. With the car we drove to the far end of the island and up to Waimea canyon and Koke’e state park. 

There may be 60,000 total people living on this island; the largest town probably has about 10,000 inhabitants. Needless to say this is not the island if you’re looking for city lifestyle, however, the hospitality has been unmatchable. It’s great when a ride picks you up and gives you some plugs on the local scene and then takes you to exactly where you want to go. When almost every ride turns out that way, you start to get spoiled, and then when they start offering you money, it gets a little ridiculous. People have continually gone out of their way to make sure life is good and that has extended beyond rides. Park ranger’s birthday parties, family camping parties and an uncommon friendliness have been common place. 

At the moment we’re trying to muster up some kayaks so that we can head back out the Na Pali coast. If they don’t manifest then I could be headed to a farm for another wwoofing experience or I could be headed to the big island. Taking it all one day at a time.

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20 09 2011
Cristina

Na Pali is unreal. I’ve never experienced anything like it…words just don’t do it justice! I’m so glad you got to experience it!

5 10 2011
Lazy boy

I really appreciate the fact that you’ve created your own website and have factually posted your thoughts. I admire your work and feel I can concern to what you’ve done. Most folks can’t even imagine having such talent. I hope that you know how lucky you are. πŸ™‚ Good luck to you in all your aspirations. πŸ™‚

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