Sunday, March 26, 2017

Kauai- Day 2

Our alarm clock went off bright and early our first morning in Kauai and, although I am NOT a fan of mornings in general, I was excited to see what we had in store. Vince and I had decided to hike the Kalalau Trail on the island's Napili Coast. It's 11 miles (each way) of switchbacks, cliffs, and jungle, so we would definitely be checking off the "adventure" box!

We hit the road long before the sun came up to give us time for coffee, 
 a quick breakfast, and an opportunity to get a parking spot at the trailhead

Our stop of choice: the Kilauea Bakery

Deciding what to pick was the hard part!

Our baked goods were still warm in the to-go box- YUM!

With our parking spot secure (yay!) we enjoyed our treats
in the car, readied our packs, and set off for the trail

The gentle beginning...

Amazing views were around each corner- we were speechless

We took a quick water break and enjoyed the sound of the
waves against the shore before getting into the serious part...

Can you spot the trail?

One of several pristine streams along the way

A feathered friend checking us out :)

Somewhere around mile 8 or 9...

Almost there...

Made it! We surveyed our camping options and set up shop

Our next chore was gathering water; luckily this waterfall made it easy! 

Beach pic for the books :)

Our first beach sunset of the trip- beautiful

What a day! Feeling quite accomplished, we enjoyed our camp dinner by the beach, finished organizing our campsite, and settled in for some well-deserved sleep

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