Thursday, March 29, 2018

Vacation Learning: Kaua'i #20

We spent our last camping day playing in the water next to the campground. Above you can see our daily visitors.

The kids caught and immediately released little crabs.

They tried boogie boarding. 

As the night approached, and some light rain came in, we were given the chance to see this double rainbow. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Vacation Learning: Kaua'i #19

This is what waking up looked like. We had amazing sunrises. 

We took Kuamo'o Rd and made a few stops on our way to our hike.  Here is a picture of the Wailua River from the road-side lookout.

Here is a picture from the other side of the road where we were able to see Opaeka'a Falls.

We drove all the way to the end of the road to Keahua Arboretum.  We went on a hike on the Kuilau Ridge trail.  It was a fun hike with lots to see and enjoy.  

Here is a video of a bipalium.  Our little guy wanted to call it: the hammerhead worm. We spotted it on the trail.  This is an invasive specie.  

We walked...

...and walked to the spot pictured above.  The actual ridge of a mountain.  The view was unforgettable. 

On our way out we encountered this bird next to the trail.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Vacation Learning: Kaua'i #18

We went to visit Po'ipu Beach Park.  We were in for a treat! We got to see a Hawaiian monk seal, and a sea turtle right on the beach. 

We also got to sit and eat our lunch while dolphins were putting a natural show for us. I know... you can't see the dolphins.  They were camera shy. 

Back at the campground some local kids, who were camping next to us, showed us the way to one of Lydgate Beach Park's playgrounds.  It is located at the south end of the campground. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Vacation Learning: Kaua'i #17

These pictures were taken on Dec 28th.  We spent most of the day, checking out the campground, getting our camping permit, and setting up for the next few days at Lydgate  Beach Park. It is owned by the county.  You can get permits at their office in town, or by mail.  We wanted to see it before we committed to a specific spot.  To be honest, you just can't go wrong.  All the sites next to the water are perfect. 

Here is Lydgate Beach. It is located just south of the Wailua River. It is perfect for families with little kids because of the boulders that create a pond like area. The water is relatively clear, and there a few fish to keep kids entertain. 

As we left Lydgate Beach Park to get needed supplies in Lihu'e, we took a detour to look at the Wailua Falls.  

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Vacation Learning: Goodbye Maui #16

On our last day, we visited the Iao Valley State Park in Central Maui. It is a beautiful place to stroll around and enjoy nature.  You can read about its historical significance here

That afternoon, we headed to the airport to continue our adventure.  We were flying to Kaua'i

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vacation Learning: Maui #15

We started our morning visiting the Black Sand Beach at the Wai'anapana State park. 

Then, we hiked our way to the Red Sand Beach.

A beautiful waterfall on our way.

We made it to the Kipahulu area of the Haleakala National Park. Just like at the House of the Sun, we went to the visitor center and received a certificate that says: "I survived the 64-mile adventure of the Hana Highway to explore the wild and rugged shoreline, waterfalls, and rainforest of Kipahulu and the Hana Coast!" 
Sadly the Pools of O'he'o  were closed and remain close (as of typing this post). We were able to see them from the side, but were pretty sad not to be able to experience it fully. 

We kept on driving around the island on the rugged southern end. The views were amazing.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Vacation Learning: Maui #14

Our Christmas day was an adventure. We headed to the "Road to Hana."  With more turns than I would like to remember, countless waterfalls, stunning views, and by far the best banana bread, the road to Hana was my favorite part of our Maui vacation. We opted for doing it slowly, and spent the night camping at the Wai'anapanapa State Park.