Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My Aloha Babymoon, part 1

As promised/threatened, I present you with pictures and memories from my recent trip to Hawaii. It's been awhile since the S.O. and I had a real, honest-to-goodness vacation. This seemed to be as good a time as any.

We flew from our hometown airport to San Francisco on an early, early morning flight. Even though I haven't been having morning sickness, the flight still made me a little queasy. I think it's the smaller planes that do it. From San Francisco we flew directly into Lihue Airport on Kauai, arriving around noon, local time.

As we waited for our rental car, I snapped a picture of this rooster. I didn't know the full story of the chickens until later.

Apparently many chicken coops were destroyed during Hurricane Iniki back in 1992, freeing the birds who went on to multiply like crazy. Seriously, these feral chickens are everywhere. And while you're not supposed to feed them, the tourists do anyway. You know tourists.

Apparently, the island also has a problem with feral cats and pigs. I saw one cat and heard one early in the morning. That's always such an eerie sound -- cats can be kind of scary. But we never saw a pig. Which is probably good, because they can be quite dangerous.

Equipped with our fine rental car, we headed off to our resort -- The Outrigger at Lae Nani. It is a very nice condominium with a full kitchen and a view of the ocean. It has its own pool and a small private beach. You're probably wondering who would use the pool with the ocean right there.

Well, with dangerous riptides and high surf warnings, sometimes you want something a little safer. Still, we did get a few chances to play in the surf.

Our first day in Hawaii was mostly uneventful, we had some lunch, played on the beach and relaxed and recovered from our flight. Our real adventures began the next day, which I will cover tomorrow.


  1. I'm so jealous!

    In the LOST special features, they talk about how the chickens ruined many a shot and their squawking needed to be edited out. Even in the interview about the chickens, the chickens could be heard making a racket in the background. Funny.

    Can't wait to see more!

  2. Lisa, thanks for sharing that. That's really funny. I have yet to see the extras from Lost.

  3. Thanks for the background on the chickens! I traveled to Kauai when I was a nanny about 10 years ago and remember they were all over the place!

    Beautiful pictures!!

  4. hey you! we need to catch up! Like I said before, I have a little something for you to make things easier, well, more comfy at least. :o)