When we have each other, we have everything.
We traveled to the breathtaking island of Kauai with several friends for spring break this year. This island is known as the garden island because it is lush and tropical, so our weather was not perfect the whole time we were there, but boy did we make the best of every moment. It also seemed like the weather cleared up exactly when we needed it to for photos, the drone, or just to enjoy certain types of activities. Here are the details:
Who: Ross Berglund (master planner), Heather Berglund (master packer), Heidi Brown (nurse), Jade Brown (master blender), Ben Thomas (drone pilot), Wade Alness (Group ATM), Alisha Alness (Chef Extraordinaire)
Epic Adventure # 1: Queen's Bath...hard hike because of ruts, tree roots, and slick conditions, but this gives you amazing views with cool water features! Ignore the "Stay Out" sign and go around the fence.
Epic Adventure # 2: Seven of us that are certified dove Sheraton Caverns using SeaSport Divers. This is where the turtles on the island go to rest as they can sleep under the rocks and be really protected. Unique structure and SO MANY TURTLES!
Epic Adventure # 3: Makaleha Falls Hike. It poured on us all day except for an hour when we finally arrived at the falls and launched the drone, jumped in the waterfall pool, and took photos. It continued to pour all the way out. Regardless, it made it an epically cool experience as the river was flowing incredibly strong that day and we had to cross it many times. We climbed over fallen trees, ducked under trees, scrambled over rocks. You name it. We were muddy and soaked, but the destination was well worth the effort!
Epic Adventure # 4: Waimea Canyon, Kalepa Ridge Hike, and Poipu Beach. This unfortunately was not a great weather day and we were unable to see Waimea Canyon from the park. 5 members of the group successfully made the Kalepa Ridge Hike. Two bailed due to a fear of heights (hike was completely on a cliff side and you would die if you fell over) and another turned back after slipping 5 minutes into the walk and didn't want to test fate. Regardless, the group of 5 got great photos and video of a the beautiful Napali Coast. After the group rejoined, we drove down to Poipu Beach and enjoyed some time relaxing. Jade, Ross, and Wade jumped off the famous cliff 20 ft above the ocean. We found humpback whales just off the coast using the drone and were able to get some great footage of the whales surfacing and diving. I met a local and he shared a Hawaiian version of the mussel that he was catching. I ate it raw and it was surprisingly tasty.
Epic Adventure # 5: We went on an ATV tour with Kauai ATV. It was an especially fun ATV tour because it was pouring on us that day as well. It made for great mud puddles to drive through!
Epic Adventure # 6: Dinner Boat Cruise with Captain Andy's. What a beautiful boat and the dinner/dessert that they served was scrumptious. The southern coastline has a lot of interesting features and we saw spinner dolphins, humpback whales, and a monk seal.
Epic Adventure # 7: We went on a helicopter tour. I was incredibly nervous about this one. I actually was so nervous I had a small panic attack and started crying. Nonetheless, I got on the helicopter and held Alisha's hand for about 20 minutes. The views are unmatched. We flew over Waimea Canyon, saw the Napali Coast, coasted over Hanalei where we stayed in an Air BnB, and saw too many waterfalls to count.
Ben, Julie, and Amelia