Kauai July 2009 – Heading to the North Shore

As Willie K sings North Shore Reggae Blues –
Under the Mango Tree, waiting for the sunrise, headed for the North Shore
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

My body’s aching for a freedom ride, My brothers calling me to join them

The party’s jamming on the other side, over on the North Shore

The Myna Birds are leading all the way, they’re telling me how to get there

I’m concentrating on my early drive, driving to the North Shore

Under the Mango Tree, waiting for the sunrise, headed for the North Shore

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

I hear the surf calling me, singing a new song, headed for the North Shore

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

I wipe my hair away from my eyes, I like to feel the wind on my face

The salty air begins to make me breath, down in the North Shore

I lay my mistress on the surface swell, and as I move she starts to mile at me

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Let it ride much higher and higher

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Take me now Im your’s take me

Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, Look at me Im higher than a mountain”

There is something about the north shore of Kauai that makes me feel like I have come home again everytime I visit there. Years ago when I thought seriously about moving to Kauai I would have been perfectly happy settling in Hanalei on the north shore. Oahau has its Haleiwa and Maui has Paia. These three cities have a lot in common. They are surfer towns and laid back hippieish, new age feeling places with a strong sense of community and ohana (family).

And of course now there is all of the controversy about the meaning of the song “Puff the Magic Dragon”.   Puff, the magic dragon lived by the sea, And frolicked in the autumn mist in a land called honah lee”. When Tara was little I used to sing this song to her everytime we went to Hanalei. That was every year until from age 9 – 16 and at least 3 or 4 times a trip. She hated me singing the song especially as she got to be a teenager. At dinner one night Kelly brought up the drug reference and Tara said “Nu Huh! You used to sing this song to me all the time when I was little.”

Tara and Kelly drove beyond Hanalei to the end of the road. The plan was for Tara to take Kelly to a couple of her favorite places, Lumahai Beach and the Blue Room. However it was so busy that Sunday that there was nowhere to park. So they came back to Hanalei Bay where they had dropped me off a couple of hours earlier.

Kilauea Lighthouse

Kilauea Lighthouse

During the winter months Kilauea is a good place to spot whales who have migrated south for the winter.

First stop on the way to Hanalei

First stop on the way to Hanalei

Kalihiwai Bay – summer months it is a great family beach
Kalihiwai Bay , water looked like glass this day but during the winter this is a popular surfing spot with big waves

Kalihiwai Bay , water looked like glass this day but during the winter this is a popular surfing spot with big waves

This has always been one of my favorite Hanalei Bay homes.

This has always been one of my favorite Hanalei Bay homes.

Fabluous views of Na Pali from Hanalei Bay

Fabluous views of Na Pali from Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay pier

Hanalei Bay pier

I want this great beach house. Problem is I dont have the millions of $ it would take to buy it.

I want this great beach house. Problem is I don't have the millions of $ it would take to buy it.


Shop in Hanalei

Shop in Hanalei

Heading back from the north shore we make this stop at a scenic overlook. Those are taro fields in the valley.

On the way to and from the north shore we pass the Sleeping Giant. “Legend states that this giant once roamed the land and was much loved by the Hawaiians.”
I took this photo from a moving vehicle so it’s not real good.
Sleeping Giant

Sleeping Giant

The end of a great day on the north shore. Goodbye North Shore until next year when I plan to return again for a summer vacation.

Spouting Horn, Southshore Kauai

Yesterday afternoon we took the short drive up to Spouting Horn. The view is fabulous from here. There are about 15 booths selling everything from tacky touristy items to jewelry, local hardwood items and masks. Tara bought a couple of Hawaiian style magnets, Kelly bought a ring and I bought nothing. I have on many previous visits purchased jewelry for myself and gifts and other cool things.

Spouting Horn
Water, forced into a lava tube by the surf, gushes into the air making an eerie hissing noise. The ancient Hawaiians believed that Kaikapu, a lizard god Spouting Horn
Water, forced into a lava tube by the surf, gushes into the air making an eerie hissing noise. The ancient Hawaiians believed that Kaikapu, a lizard goddess, was trapped by a clever fisherman in the lava tube and the hissing is the sound of her angry roar. Click here and here for additional images by: Poipu Beach Resort Association.ess, was trapped by a clever fisherman in the lava tube and the hissing is the sound of her angry roar. Click
here and here for additional images by: Poipu Beach Resort Association.

Tacky  touritsy stuff for sale

 

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Tacky door stiops

Tacky door stops

Compare & Contrast – Isla Mujeres

Heading out of town toward the south of the island you turn right at the lottery store front to get to Villa Vera Isla Mujeres Hotel and Marina. The hotel is a Raintree Vacation Club timeshare property. The grounds are lush and nicely landscaped. There is a big inviting pool with a swim up bar.

 

 

 

 At the marina you will see some pretty big boat$.

 

 

But this is not an advertisement for Villa Vera. I just wanted to set the picture of the street I am talking about.

 

 

 

The compare and contrast is about two very different houses you will find on this street.

 The first one you encounter is this one. The house and fence looked freshly painted. The yard, what there was of it was clean and everything seemed to be in it’s place. I had never noticed this house before. I think because of the new blue paint and white fence it popped out at me.

Now if someone were to give me this house I am sure I could be perfectly happy here. Anymore I would be afraid to ask what it might sell for if the owner chose to sell it” 

 

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The next house you see is just a bit further toward Villa Vera on the other side of the street. While you can not see much of the house you can tell  Casa Neza is worlds apart from the tiny little blue one.

Now if someone were to give me this house I KNOW that  I would be perfectly happy here.”

  

 

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My thoughts about these two very different houses is that the blue one is someones home. The owner has taken the time to make it look nice and welcoming. While Casa Neza is most likely an investment. It is a fabulous house I would love to actually have a look inside at all of the luxuries.

 

There are many things on Isla that you can compare and contrast like this. This is just another thing I love about Isla. You never know what you will see the next time you visit. That is why I never go anywhere on the island without my camera.

 

(I finally figured out or it just became an option that I can now link directly to my Webshots photos. I really like this because now I do not have to re-size photos and upload to my WordPress media library. Now I won’t have to be concerned with running out of storage space and having to purchase more.)

“Don’t you ever get tired of eating Mexican food?”

This is a question that I get asked often by people who have never been to Mexico. Or they are just naive and can’t imagine any other food options in Mexico besides tacos or burritos. They might just be familiar with USA chain restaurants that serve refried beans topped with melted cheddar cheese and a big glop of sour cream.

Years ago I began to take photos of food when I traveled so that I could show others what they were missing and that there are all kinds of foods and cuisines available in Mexico.

When my daughter got on Facebook she asked me what my obsession was with taking photos of food and posting them on the internet. So I explained to her that I wasn’t obsessed and that there were many people who take photos of their meals and post them on FB or message boards. I suggested she add my friend Alex as a FB friend. Now she sees that there are other people who post all kinds of food photos and it is just not me.

So here is a slide show of food photos from my latest Isla trip. As you can see there are many dishes that are not Mexican. Lamb chops, a big salad with pasta, asparagus, artichokes with huge grilled shrimp, chicken spring rolls and pizza to name a few.

Now I am getting hungry. I think I may go get some pozole and I might just take a photo of it.

To see captions mouse over photo. Speed up slideshow with the + sign.

Beach Umbrellas or tell the beach guy “sombrilla por favor”