|Sunset from the South Shore|
In February 2012, I was able to do everything I've always done. I snorkeled, used a body board, and kayaked with no problems. My stamina wasn't as good when I used the body board but that really wasn't a big deal because I used to overdo the body boarding and totally wear myself out.
|Beautiful Anahola Beach|
This trip, I found that I was unable to form a tight seal with my lips around the snorkel mouth piece, so I had sea water leaking into my mouth. I also found that I didn't have the oomph to clear the snorkel if it took on sea water. I tried it in the pool at the hotel, and in calm water at Anahola beach. I had the same experience at both places. So, unfortunately, my snorkeling days are behind me.
Last January, I was able to walk on the beach. With each step my heels sank in the sand, but I could walk a pretty good distance. This visit I walked using two hiking poles which we purchased at the local Walmart. Basically, with those poles and Gerri's help, I was only able to walk from the car to where we set up our beach chairs. So there were no long leisurely strolls on the beach.
Wading in to the water was difficult because the resistance of the water pushes my feet back so that when I land my foot on the bottom, it settles wrong, as if I am about to roll my ankle. With the slightest wave action, it was much more difficult to land my steps properly. So, my beach activity consisted of relaxing on a beach chair and reading a book, all the while being soothed by the rhythm of the waves. Not bad.
We located the glass beach near Port Allen. It looks like a black sand beach until you take a closer look. Searching for beach glass is one of Gerri's favorite things to do, so we made several trips to that beach. Gerri' found lots of nice pieces of sea glass, and I just kicked back to enjoy the scene.
Before the trip we found a medical equipment supplier on the island that would rent a walker to us. We also discovered that they rented scooters. We rented the walker for a few days but ended up replacing it with the scooter. That little scooter was really fun. It broke apart into four pieces which made it relatively easy to break down and transport in the back of our rental car. My only real problem was that I wanted to help Gerri' with the chore of breaking the scooter into its four pieces and putting it back together again. Every time I tried, I ended up falling (or almost falling) in the parking lot. So I had to let Gerri' do all of that work. I couldn't use the scooter at the beach, but everywhere else we went, it was great. In fact, it worked out so well that when we got home Gerri' called around and located one for us to purchase.
So, we had a wonderful time in Hawaii. It was great to return to beautiful Kauai after being away for six or seven years. I'm really glad that we have visited the islands over the years. My sister Shannon and her husband Mike have visited the islands many times over the years. I used to ask them why they always returned to Hawaii every year (sometimes more than once in a year). It seemed strange to me that they didn't visit other places. When I asked them about it, Mike used to just smile at me. Now I know what he was smiling about, and Mike likes to tease me and ask me why we keep returning to Hawaii. We have planned to visit other places, but when it comes time to plan a trip, we end up returning to Hawaii. I tell people that if they can only go to Hawaii once, they shouldn't go because they would spend the rest of their lives feeling bad about not being able to return.
|Kilauea Point Light House|
|Endangered Monk Seal viewed from Kilauea Point|
|Tree Tunnel on the road to Po'ipu|