Friday, December 20, 2013

Waimea Canyon, Hawaii - November 2013

Our first full day on Kauai we decided to visit Waimea Canyon. It has been dubbed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific" so we knew we wanted to check it out. Here's where we were (I use satellite to show how beautiful it is!):


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We took our time and pulled off at many different lookout points. Since it was our first full day on the island we were still surprised by how many chickens (really red junglefowl and chicken interbreeding) there were everywhere!

Here are some photos we took while driving up. So hard to capture the size of it. T took some panoramas so maybe I'll add those at some point.






Red-crested Cardinal (Paroaria coronata)

This bird is normally found in northern Argentina, Bolivia, southern Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay but it has been introduced to the Hawaiian Islands.



At one point we decided to walk around a bit (there are trails leading from most of the lookouts) but we didn't have the proper shoes and it was the muddiest of muddy (drizzling) so we abandoned that and got back in the car.

On a clear day from the uppermost lookout you can see the Na Pali Coast but by the time we got to the top it had started raining pretty hard so we stopped to get something to eat at The Lodge at Koke'e to wait for it to clear up a bit. When it didn't, we decided to go to the uppermost lookout anyway, but the clouds were so thick that we couldn't see anything. Oh well!

As we drove back down towards Waimea we took the opportunity to stop and take some photos of the sites - just taking it all in.

You can see a waterfall in the distance here. :) Click to enlarge.



More of my photos from Kauai are in my Flickr set. Coming up next, Snorkeling on Poipu Beach . . .

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