Kauai: Jurassic Coast

Waking up on the beach was a strange experience.

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Well more accurately, waking up in the jeep on the beach….

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First of all, I could smell myself. And it was not a pleasant experience. This was day 5 of ocean baths, and Julia and I had already felt society’s scorn while grocery shopping the day before. But luckily, a pleasant aroma is not required in the wild!

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We were awake for the sunrise and and quickly made our way to the Na Pali Coast trail head.

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We had a 2 mile hike to the trail we wanted to take, and then another 2 miles out to the waterfall.

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Now of course an adventure isn’t complete without a little bit of danger. No, I’m not talking about the death toll signs along the side of the trail warning against high surf.

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I’m not talking about the supposed “jungle people” that our fellow trail mates were talking about. I’m talking about hiking 2 miles out into the jungle, on muddy trails, wearing adventure sandals, and then being hit by a MONSOON. The sky opened, and Julia and I looked in terror as we scrambled to throw all of the electronics into my waterproof adventure backpack.

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“Is that all you’ve got?!” My voice echoes across the stream and hits the canyon wall on the other side. The rain intensifies in a “screw you” kind of fashion.

But as quickly as it came, it was gone. We rounded a corner and the angels sang a collective *ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh*

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I couldn’t distinguish the rain floating down from the spray of the falls. We hopped from rock to rock until our view was unencumbered. And for a moment, we were alone. Us and this magnificent scene.

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We made our way back up the trail, tired, but happy.

Kauai was a miracle. The people, the land, all just completely wonderful. Here’s one more airport interview:

Xx,

Lauren

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