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I'm Tammy, a California girl and San Diego is my home. The beach makes me smile, my fiance does too. Fashion is fun, exercise keeps me sane, traveling is necessary, and blogging is quite possibly the best. Want to know more? Click here
- Reflection. Reflection about who I am, what I want, and where I want to end up.
- Slowing down. Appreciating that I don't have to worry about spending every free second planning our wedding. Aaahhhhh.
- Mornings at the farmer's market, days at the beach, evenings at pilates, and dinner with my husband and friends. I heart Cali in the summer timeeee.
- Organizing. Seriously going through closets and cabinets we should have organized 4 years ago. It's embarrassing, and frankly I'm straight up embarrassed about how long it's taken us to organize so much of our crap. Sure we've been distracted by life, vacations, an engagement, and you know that whole wedding thing but I'm vowing that we won't ever get this distracted again. It's shenans.
- Reconnecting with my inner music lover. Concerts, shows, and lots and lots of dancing. Good music makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
- Decorating. Changing things up, trips to Ikea, Homegoods, and Bed Bath Beyond. I am feeling oh so good about these changes.
- Surfing, I've tried it before, but something clicked a few weeks ago and I've been bitten... by the surfing bug that is. I want to go everyday now. #cantstopwontstop #okaynotreally hehe
--oh and for the record, yesss I know. I haven't been posting as much as I used too, but I'm okay with that. What can I say? I'm living life away from my computer and I think that's a good thing. ;)
Kauai + helicopter ride + no doors on aforementioned helicopter ride = the face I am making in the photo below.
Oh and yes, Nadav decided it would be a good idea to wear his GoPro on his head like this while we were on the helicopter ride. I laughed heartily, but the video he took is pretty amazing. I promise to share it once it's edited. ;)
If you're in Kauai and are up for a little splurge I highly recommend doing a helicopter tour. (We went with Jack Harter Helicopters and they were great). It was an incredible experience and there really is no better way to see Kauai. We even flew right over a 360 degree rainbow, how cool is that?! Apparently Kauai is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to see one.
On our third day in Kauai we headed out early and drove north to Hideaways Beach. Hideaways has about 10 parking spots, and even at 8am they were all taken.... so much for sleeping in on vacations eh? ;)
Luckily, Hideaways is right next to the St. Regis Resort... and their oh so friendly valet parking service. We ended up valeting at the resort, and surprise surprise valet is complimentary. We left our valuables in the car and started the hike down to Hideaways. The hike takes about 15 minutes and is straight downhill. There are ropes to hold onto while you hike down, but I definitely slipped a few times. The views, the sand, the snorkeling... they took my breath away, and the schlep down to the water was so so worth it. Hideaways was definitely one of my favorite places in Kauai.
Oh and then if one wanted to they could crash the St. Regis pool for a few hours...... not that we would know anything about doing that. Cough wink wink. If you need towels just write down a fake hotel room number and fake last name when you walk up to the pool towel guy, but really we wouldn't know anything about that. Just make sure you tip the valet well when you leave. ;)
It rains in Northern Kauai, a lot. Usually, the rain comes for about 5-10 minutes, and the sun comes right out. Either way, I would recommend bringing waterproof bags like we did to keep your stuff dry while you're in the water. While we were snorkeling at Hideaways a major downpour hit... and it was kind of amazing to feel water pouring down on us while we swam. Aahhh Kauai.
After snorkeling we stopped at the Kilauea Fish Market for lunch and it was... okay. Very overpriced and just okay tasting. ;) We also took in the views at Kilauea Lighthouse and stopped for shave ice in Kapaa.
We spent that evening at Hanapepe Art Night and really, really enjoyed it. Hanapepe is a small little town on the way to the west side of Kauai that holds a little art night every Friday night. Art studios stay open, food trucks come out, and performers line the street. Hanapepe Art Night made for a sweet little date night on a very sleepy island. :)
On our second day in Kauai we headed west to check out Waimea Canyon, which is known as the Grand Canyon of Kauai. The views are stunning, the cliffs are so green, and the hikes were no joke. Definitely a must do when visiting Kauai.
Also, check out the red sand. It's all over Kauai, and yes it does stain your shoes and clothing. If you're planning on doing a lot of hiking on a rainy day and are maybe a tid bit clumsy, it might not be the best idea to wear white. Not that I would know anything about that....
A little pit stop at the Waimea Canyon lookout.
Pu'u Hinahina Lookout hike. I can't remember the name of the hike but it overlooked The Kokee Canyon and provided beautiful ocean views.
Lunch at The Lodge at Koke'e was not that great, but it was overpriced. It's also the only restaurant on Waimea Canyon. Your best bet is to pack a lunch in the morning if you plan on spending the entire day in Waimea.
After lunch we showered in put on bug repellant and started the Waimea Canyon Trail to Waipo'o Falls. The trail takes a few hours and you'll find yourselves hiking uphill for a big chunk of the hike, but the views are stunning. You'll get to hang out in a small waterfall and then hike to a waterfall that is at the top of a veryyy high cliff. Absolutely beautiful.
To be totally honest, we struggled a bit to find good food in Kauai. Eventually we started asking locals where they eat and ended up at Korean BBQ in Lihue. Packed with locals, Korean BBQ was delicious. Korean BBQ chicken, kimchi, and straight up goodness. If you're in Kauai you have to give this place a try.
Our honeymoon in Kauai was wonderful. Kauai's beauty is indescribable, so green, so lush, it really takes your breath away. Kauai is slow, quiet, and is perfect for a honeymoon (cough, everything closes at 9pm which makes Maui more fun if we're going to compare islands here, but that's neither here nor there. =P).
We stayed on the East Shore in a not so awesome hotel. I try to keep things positive around here, so I'll keep the name to myself. Feel free to email if you want to know more. ;) Although our hotel wasn't the best, it was in a decent location. We were about 45 minutes from the North and South Shores and a little over an hour from the West Shore. East Kauai is also less touristy which means lower prices and much, much better food than we had on other parts of the island.
And now I give you,
Kauai Day 1.
We woke up early on our first morning and made our way North for a full day of exploring and snorkeling. Our first stop on the North Shore was Tunnels Beach. Arrive early when visibility is best, and you can actually get one of about 7 parking spots on a side street. The snorkeling at Tunnels was so so good. We saw so many tropical fish, and even found ourselves at a "turtle cleaning station", which is basically a name for an area where sea turtles come to have their shells cleaned by little fish that eat whatever has collected on their shells. It's really amazing to watch.
**We also happened to arrive at Tunnels just as the most intimate elopement was taking place on the sand. It was magical. I was almost a teensy bit jealous that we didn't have such an intimate wedding, but then I remembered that our wedding day was the best day of my life and instantly felt better. =P
Nadav: You're seriously going to post that photo of me on your blog?!
Tammy: Don't worry just think 'messy hair don't car'
Nadav: *Shakes head*
Have I mentioned that I am a mosquito magnet? I already had about 10 bug bites on my legs on our first day in Kauai. ;)
After we had had our share of snorkeling at Tunnels we drove to the end of the road and made our way to Ke'e Beach. Parking is rough at this beach, but the scenery and beauty is worth the shenanigans. Ke'e also has great snorkeling, and sits along the most beautiful Napali Coast cliffs. I've heard that the water can be rough here, but it was quite calm on the day we visited. We swam out into the water and made our way along the rocks to a little secluded beach, which became a lot less secluded once a kayaking tour landed right next to us. ;)
After a few hours at Ke'e Beach we drove South to Princeville and checked out Queen's Bath. Queen's Bath is a small pool that forms when the waves crash over the rocks. It's really pretty, but would probably be best appreciated in the early morning when there aren't a ton of tourists there. What can ya do? ;) Either way explore the rocks and water around Queen's Bath there are cliffs to jump off of (obviously I did no such thing =P) and lots of sea turtles.
After a couple of hours at Queen's Bath we continued our drive south and found ourselves at a stop that overlooks the Hanalei Valley's taro fields. Gorgeous right?!
We ended our day with a fancy dinner at Tidepools restaurant at the Grand Hyatt in Poipu. The restaurant and views were beautiful, the service was good, but to be totally honest... the food was okay, and it was really expensive. I wouldn't recommend it. ;)