First Look: Kaua’i

It’s hard to take a bad photo of Kaua’i. Mother Nature’s done all the hard work so all you have to do is point and shoot. These were taken with the iPhone, which is not to say I didn’t do the touristy thing and lug around the Canon G12, but first, the easy-to-edit phone photos. 
It’s Thursday, our last full day in Kaua’i and my mother and I have breakfasted on eggs, fresh papaya, coconut and Kellog’s Smart Start, which we bought at the Kmart adjacent to the farmer’s market we visited upon arriving. It’s rained a little every day, but thankfully mostly during times we were in the car, driving from coast to coast. I hate driving, but Kauai makes it easy (and also a bit dangerous, because I’m easily distracted) with view like this: 
And this: 
My mother is a brave passenger, as I often swerve to the opposite side of the road trying to capture the views I’m seeing, but I pulled over for this one of Wimea Canyon. It’s almost comical to try and fit it on a single screen but you can click the photo to enter into fullscreen mode. 
While we’re at it, here’s another panorama of McBryde Gardens which was exciting for me (my mother said simply, “Where are all the orchids? I thought there’d be orchids”) because parts of “Jurassic Park,” one of my favorite movies of all time, were filmed here. In this garden there is a restroom which was donated by Michael Crichton. I did not photograph the restroom, but it looks a lot like this one in the movie.  
You know which scene I’m thinking about. 

A shot from the bus enroute to the garden. According to Bob the driver, this is where the sea turtles come to lay their eggs.

The real Fantasy Island. 
Bob the driver. His voice was flat like this __________. But he was very nice. 
Just one of many pretty faces in the garden and around the island. It’s not called “The Garden Island” for nothing.

No more driving today. My mom and I are going to take the day strolling around our hotel, the Kauai Island Resort at the Beachboy, an older establishment with condo-style amenities, right on a beach that can get rather violent in the evening. But for now the water is calm and the sun, not so harsh.

Have a great weekend. 

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