Monday, February 28, 2005

2005-Our 4th Kauai visit, alone this time: Queen's Bath; Napali/Niihau snorkel tour; Waimea Canyon; Kipu falls;

Another year passed and February finally rolled around again. At the end of the month we were heading back to Kauai for our 4th time there. Instead of renting another week, we picked up another 1 bedroom/1 bath unit at Pahio KBV off Ebay for about $1200 for another EOY ownership. We were again upgraded to a 1 bedroom/2 bath unit and were able to stay in the same unit for both weeks. It seemed a little odd being there all by ourselves for both weeks, but we had a great time none-the-less.

Our daily routine is usually to check the forecast for the north shore in the morning. If it looks like it's going to be sunny there, we head north. Sometimes we luck out and have lots of nice days there, other times hardly any. Being the rainy season when we're there, the north shore gets a lot more rain then the south side.

But we were able to head north right away this trip. This is just one of the gorgeous north side views from the car as we were heading north.

I had read so much about the controversial Queen's Bath that we decided to give it a look. We weren't expecting to swim, but the hike sounded short and pretty. We really couldn't tell what was suppose to be the Queen's Bath "pool". There were a lot of waves crashing in and we stayed as far away from the edge as we could. Every year we read about people drowning there. We have gone there a few other times since this trip and have seen some real idiots tempting fate in the rough pool. Even talked to others who had been there and had been beaten around pretty good. One time we went and the water was extremely calm and inviting. I probably would have gone in if I had been wearing my swim suit, but I wasn't expecting it to be so calm in the winter. But we really do enjoy the shaded walk to the lava bed. That's another trail I wouldn't try after it's been raining, though. This is one of the waterfalls you can see along the trail.

It was a calm day on the north shore beaches, though, so we headed to Kee and did some snorkeling and relaxing on the beach.

I even discovered a little gravel trail that led around the corner of Kee and leads to this view of the Napali.