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Kauai: Days 6 & 7

Our Kauai vacation fell into a gentle, anti-climactic routine on days 6 and 7 (Tuesday and Wednesday). Each morning began with the requisite viewing of the rising sun. Wendy and I then walked to Java Kai in Kapa’a for coffee and a reading of the events back on the mainland. I’ve fallen in love with Java Kai, and bought a diner mug as my trinket momento of our time in Kauai.

Wendy and I then returned to the room to get a little work done before heading to the pool here at the resort to read, sun, and take a dip in the pool. Afternoons were spent reading on the patio while sipping cool beverages and listening to the surf. We fed the zebra doves, listened to the Cubs beat the Reds, and nodded off on occasion or cuddled in bed with Lydia.

On Tuesday evening we enjoyed a light meal togehter and on Wednesday evening Wendy and I watched Lydia while Court and Becky enjoyed a much deserved date night together.

Our nights here in Kauai have generally ended fairly early. Between 9:30 and 10:30 we’re usually in bed reading as the sound of the surf sings its incessant lullaby outside our bedroom window.

Kauai Day 1
Kauai Day 2
Kauai Day 3
Kauai Day 4
Kauai Day 5

Kauai: Day 2

Our second day in paradise dawned, and every one of our crew seemed to remain in our zombie like stupor. I know my body and doesn’t seem to recover from jet lag as quickly as it used to do.

Wendy at Java Kai coffee.
Wendy at Java Kai coffee.

Wendy and I walked to Java Kai coffee first thing in the morning. It’s a cut little coffee shop a couple of blocks from our room. We enjoyed coffee and pastries and reading as the the village of Kapa’a eased into its morning bustle.

By the time we returned to the room the rest of the crew were ready to head out for breakfast. We all walked to one of their favorites, called Hemingway’s. It was a really cute restaurant with an art gallery on the second floor. Wendy and I enjoyed cafe americano and split a croissant with aged gouda cheese. It was heavenly.

Things were getting hot as we walked back to our room. We went to the concierge desk at the resort to book our reservations for the things we wanted to do during week.

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The ladies had a list for Wal-Mart. I drove them back to Lihue. There is basically one road that winds around the island of Kauai and it is generally always busy and moves at a slow pace. Drivers are mostly courteous to pedestrians and fellow drivers. There’s a “we’re all in this together” kind of mentality. I enjoy getting the “hang loose” gesture when letting local drivers cut in and began returning the favor. 🙂

It rains on and off in Kauai non-stop and it rained as we made the 30 minute trek to Wal-Mart. We always joke in the midwest about how quickly weather can change, but on Kauai this is literally true. The ladies got what we needed for the rest of the week and it was sunny and got by the time we headed back to Kapa’a.

It was early afternoon by the time we returned and we all decided to go to the pool. Wendy and I wanted to read and enjoy the sun. The pool was crowded with fellow guests and among them was a boy in his early teens. Lydia caught sight of the boy and became enamored with him. She made quite a spectacle of herself as she stood by the side of the pool staring at him and refusing to do anything else. It became quite obvious to everyone at the pool and there was a lot of laughter when Lydia would say, “I want the boy!”

It clouded over after a while and the wind picked up. We went back to the room, showered, and cleaned up for the evening. I noticed that there were some para-sufers taking advantage of the brisk winds and I went out to take some photos. It was fascinating to watch. I would have loved trying that when I was younger.

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Evening came quickly. Court and I grilled up a package of turkey dogs and we dined in fine style. The evening was really laid back as we played with Lydia and hung out in the room. Everyone was still pretty tired so we called it fairly early and headed to bed.

Wendy always has a sound machine playing ocean waves at home while we sleep. It’s been fun not to need the sound effects app on our cell phones here in Kauai. We just open the window to our bedroom, feel the ocean breeze waft in along with the real sound of ocean waves. It did not take long for the two of us to drift off to sleep.

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Kauai Day 1