Rest and relaxation, welcome to Hawaii! We have arrived and quickly adopted the island lifestyle (even Mel’s driving has chilled!). Yesterday was a long day of travel, waiting to finally get to Kauai. We left San Diego at 830, laid over in Honolulu for 2.5 hours and finally arrived at Lihue airport 3:30pm island time. We survived a luggage scare as one of Mel’s bags arrived on the plane AFTER us. We picked up our rental car, only Mel is allowed to drive since Jeff is too young and headed toward Princeville. We stopped at the store in Kapaa to pick up some essentials: pog juice, rum, champagne…and a few snacks too. Then we made our way around the coast, stopping at a beach so Mel could dip her feet in the warm Pacific, and arrived in Princeville at sundown. After making our way through the gorgeous town we arrived at our destination, Hanalei Bay Resort. We checked in, parked, and had a very nice surfer dude golf-cart us and our luggage to our room. The grounds are tropical, the rooms are nice, the lobby and restaurant are beautiful, and the lounge is righteous (our new word, from Finding Nemo)! We checked out our room and then headed up to the Happy Talk Lounge for some Hawaiian music a few pints of Hawaiian beer and some pupu (appetizers).
We were up early today, two hour time change and all, had some kona coffee and strolled down to the beach below our resort and relaxed in a hammock. Then we checked out the Princeville Hotel, booked ourselves for the luau on Thursday night, and confirmed our plans for tonight’s New Year’s celebration. Then it was off into “downtown” Hanalei to rent snorkels and fins and grub on some breakfast. Then a nice drive back down the coast to Lydgate State Park for some attempted snorkeling, but the weather was not cooperating. Then off to see Wailua Falls, “da plane! Da plane!” Then it was time for a wet muddy jungle hike to Kipu Falls, Mel had quite a time of it, falling in the mud on the hike and losing her flip-flop over the falls. But have no fear because Jeff was there to be her savior, holding her hand the rest of the hike to the falls and jumping off the rocks into the water below to save the flip-flop (it was only a 20 foot drop, and don’t be too impressed, Mel jumped too!). Click on the picture of the day on jeffreygordon.com to see a picture of Mel, muddy in the jungle. Now we are just relaxing on the patio of our room, drinking mai-tais, it’s almost time to get ready for New Years. So, happy New Year to one and all and we’ll post another update from Kauai in 2004.