Daily Wisdom

May 28, 2007

Vacation Pics 1

Well, you didn't expect me to go to Hawai'i and not bring a camera, did you? Here's the first installment of photos...

We flew from Newark-Liberty International via Chicago into Honolulu and boarded the Norweigan Cruise Lines ship, "The Pride of Aloha". [This fist pic is not mine BTW. It's an ad piece. MY photo didn't come out too good.]

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This was our first ever cruise, and after traveling for something like 17-18 hours, and worrying about whether or not our luggage made it on board, and then the mandatory life boat drill (which frankly was not well organized), we finally settled down to enjoy a 'bon voyage' BBQ accompanied by Hawaiin music and hula dancers. [Yes, our luggage did actually get to the stateroom mere moments before we sailed.] By the time we went to bed, we had been awake for over 24 hours (minus the few ZZZs we got on the plane). When we awoke the next morning, we were in Nawiliwili on the island of Kaua'i...

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On Kaua'i, we took an excursion to the Waimea Canyon, which is the largest canyon in the Pacific. The canyon measures 10-12 miles long, 1-2 miles wide, and is more than 3,500-feet deep. It was carved thousands of years ago by rivers and floods that flowed from Mount Waialeale's summit. The lines in the canyon walls depict different volcanic eruptions and lava flows that have occurred over the centuries. Mark Twain called it "the Grand Canyon of the Pacific". If you look closely at the enlarged version of the first pic, you'll see a waterfall off in the distance...

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After another day on Kaua'i and more excursions, we sailed for Hilo on the big island of Hawai'i, but not before taking a circuitous route around the north side of Kaua'i passing the Na Pali coast. The Na Pali coast is not accessible by car or foot. It can only be approached by plane, helicopter, or ship. In our case, we saw it by ship...

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'Nuff for now. More to come...


At 5/29/2007 3:49 AM , Blogger camojack said...

Ah, Kauai...the "Garden Isle", the center of which is the wettest spot on Earth.

At 5/29/2007 5:38 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Yeah, I think they have something like 140-160 inches of rain annually? That's almost as much as Texas got in the last couple of days.

(:D) Best regards...

At 5/29/2007 8:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the pics!

If I may ask, how long did it take to get to the "grand canyon" location from port?

I didn't know the ship went around the Na Pali Coast. Thanks!

Have fun,

At 5/29/2007 8:57 PM , Blogger Hawkeye® said...

Well, we went on a bus excursion which was rather "leisurely". First of all, the bus driver wasn't rushing. He was also directed to stop at souveneir shop where the tourists could buy stuff. Between the bus trip and the souveneir stop, I'd say it was about an hour (15-20 minutes at the shop).

You could do it faster of course if you rented a car, but I'd be careful on those hairpin turns up the mountain slopes (no guard rails and people flying by in the opposite direction).


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