Tuesday, October 27, 2009


So I'm not dead.....which is good. Me and Justin just have been so sick lately. I'm in the process of posting pics from Hawaii (which was a month and a half ago!) and all the other joys that have been happening in our life since then but we have been sick. We're now better, but of course I haven't gotten around to posting yet. Just wanted to say we're alive and well! And hating that it's snowing today.....I love fall and there's just never enough of it in Utah.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


So it's a little late, but here's all the pics from Kauai Hawaii!!!! We went for 6 days in September after getting an awesome deal that we just couldn't pass up.
What a stud! Isn't it beautiful?! This island was indeed lush, green and beautiful! It was a pretty small island so we were able to do pretty much everything in the 6 days we were there. I learned that the center of this island is the wettest place on the entire planet!
This was the beach right in front of our hotel. Amazing! (above and below)

One of out favorite things to do on vacation....EAT!!!! We ate at this restaurant a couple times and went to the most amazing breakfast places every morning and I would get their awesome sticky rice with an egg and chocolate chip pancakes with coconut syrup. Oh my gosh it was so good!
My sister Tera and her husband Steve came with us and we had a blast with them!!! They are so much fun!

There was a kayak place where we rented kayaks for a good portion of the day and kayaked to all these places off of this huge river. It was beautiful.

We saw this rope swing while kayaking and the boys had to stop and play for awhile.Kayaked to the "Fern Grotto" and took a little hike.

Does this fruit look familiar to anyone?
Justin looks a little off in this pic....
He was unsuccessful.

Waimea Canyon. The Grand Canyon of Hawaii. This was an awesome drive up the whole canyon.

This is supposed to be the best shaved ice on the island. Don't be fooled by the appearance. It is not your typical 'snow cone'. They shave the ice really fine and then add amazing fruit juices and put stuff on the bottom like coconut and custard and chocolate and these awesome beans. I know, sounds weird but it was so good!

We went out to this lighthouse.

Pretty much everywhere that was supposed to be the prime for snorkeling had these sort of waves crashing in. I guess the surf was high while we were there. So as of yet, Kona, the Big Island is still our favorite place to snorkel in Hawaii. We'll have to come back to Kauai to compare when the surf is low.

I love getting fresh fruit wherever we go! Here is coconut, starfruit and a Hawaiian apple.
We had to hike through this jungle for awhile before we reached the most awesome destination of our trip!
This waterfall! We came out and were on top of it, then if you walk along the top you come to this huge huge tree where they've put a rope swing. If you look closely, at the top of the pic in the middle you can see the bottom of a metal ladder that was like 20 feet tall to be able to get out of the little lake after you went off the rope swing.

We hiked across the top of the waterfall...figured out how to get the rope that was hanging far from our reach....
And swung out! This does not give justice to how far out you swung and how far up you were. It took me awhile before I got up the guts to swing.

This was Queen's Bath. We had to hike down through the jungle, and at the bottom was this sign. Also, in the book we had that told us about this place and how to get there had severe warnings on it about not standing on the rocks that the waves were even near because, as the sign states, unexpected waves can come crashing up and suck you out! Little did we know, we were about to witness a near drowning....

We hiked along these rocks for awhile. It was pretty much a rocky cliff off the side. We couldn't figure out where exactly the spot was because it was supposed to be a cool clear pool that was encircled with rocks where the waves would crash over and dump water in, but when the surf was low, the waves stayed out but the water stayed in and it was a cool place with fish and crystal clear water. I guess kinda like a really large tide pool that you could swim in. But it said if the surf was high, you might not be able to see it cause it would be covered. Anyway, we found it and swam, then started our way back.
This is what we thought it was at first, but it was not. This thing had so much power. It makes me appreciate the power of the ocean. The water would come crashing in, then get sucked back out with so much force.
This is when the water is being sucked out, then below is like 2 seconds later with the water crashing in. The water level would rise like 20 feet in 2 seconds.
So there were two local boys about 14 yrs old on our way back by the edge of this and they were wet! So Steve asked if they were actually jumping into this thing! They said yes, and Steve began to talk with them about 1: how crazy they were, but 2: that obviously they must be pretty good swimmers and how only locals should do something like that. While talking, the other boy who wasn't engaged in the talking, goes and jumps into this thing! You could see that to get out, when the water came gushing in and rose the water level you could grab or turn and sit on the rocks, then the water would suck out and you would be sitting on the rock and could then hurry and climb up the rocks. Well, this kid jumped in, we watched as the water rose, he grabbed the rock and turned to sit, but was a little bit too much in the water, so when the water started getting sucked back out, it sucked him off the rock back in the water. Try as he might, he could not get another grip. In the meantime, he kept getting sucked away from the walls, and when he was near the walls the water would slam him into the rocks. It was the most awful thing I think I have ever witnessed. We watched for a good minute or so. His friend was off a ways and at this point tourists were congregating to watch. We kept expecting this kid to make his way out cause he was a local and did this all the time but he did not. So Steve ran to the friend and asked if this was normal and the kid just shook his head and was all shocked and said, "No, he's screwed. I've never seen it like this."So Steve ran back, the kid fighting with everything he's got to swim to the walls but is staying in one spot cause the current underneath was so strong. We knew if anything, he was going to exhaust himself. The waves would crash in and we wouldn't see him for a few seconds and we'd think he drowned, but then his little head would pop up from the foam. My sister ran off to get a buoy that was at the end of the trail because we didn't know what else to do even though once we had it, there was no way we could throw it out to him, it was way too far. People were crying and I ran to the crowd and was yelling for a cell phone to call 911. No one's cell phone had bars, so I told Justin to get his. His barely had enough and he got through with enough service to tell them where we were at and that there was a swimmer being swept out and then no service. This whole thing lasted about 25 minutes. We figured this kid could not swim back to us and he went under like 20 times in the thrashing waves, so we were screaming for him to swim parallel to the rocks and out to this little rock island. As soon as he stopped swimming towards us and the rocks he was able to make some distance and got to the rock island. We were all so relieved that he was out of the water, and I kept expecting to see a helicopter come to save him, but instead a jet ski came and then 2 rescuers on foot had come down the trail to us. But it took another 5-7 minutes with the jet ski out trying to figure out how to get to him without them being taken out.
Here's the boy safely on the rocks, so we thought. The waves were crashing on the outside of the rocks for 5 minutes or so, then all of a sudden, a huge wave comes and devours the rock. We see parts of the boy being scraped against the rock, head over feet and when the water is clear he had been scraped all the way to the bottom right of the picture hanging on the rock. It was amazing. I have no idea how he clung on. We could see blood streaking down his back and he climbed back up and then laid on his stomach holding on while more waves came crashing over him, almost sweeping him back out.
The rescuers finally had their swimmer get off, and swim over to the rock, told him to jump in and when he did, the water was up, then he jumped and the water sucked out exposing all this rock he couldn't see when he jumped and he landed on all the rocks and crumbled into the water. They grabbed him and took him to the jet ski. I can't even begin to tell you how awful it was to witness this. I'm only writing about it cause he was saved. I probably wouldn't be able to if he had drowned, which we were all 95% sure was going to happen, but by some miracle didn't! That kid is lucky!
Back to a happier note, here's a cool beach!

This shows the beginning of the center of the island, the wettest place on earth! This was part of the drive to a tubing excursion that went through all these tunnels and such. The guides were absolutely hilarious and it was well worth the money!We got to wear these sexy hats with lights and rubber gloves so we wouldn't bang our heads or scratch our hands on the rock tunnel walls.

I just think this picture is so funny. Steve was taking pictures before we were ready and I have no idea what Justin is doing or trying to do, but it ended up with him looking like he's concentrating real hard to do something cool and I'm looking with great intent.

Shipwreck beach. We were on our way up to that cliff.On the cliff. This was a lot higher than it looks!

We ended our trip with this gorgeous view and sunset with a few locals. Those are two Hawaiian islands in the distance, the ones that tourists aren't allowed on. This was such an awesome trip. I definitely recommend going to Kauai!!!