As I sit in front of my computer, wearing my favorite flannel PJ's and Ugg's, trying to keep warm. I daydream of a warm day, in the not so distant past.
A day that started like any other day in paradise. Watching the sunrise and mediating on the Pacific ocean; wondering how the day will unfold. One word popped into my head: BICYCLE.
Off we went to Coconut Coasters in Kapaa, on the east coast of the island, to rent basic beach cruisers. This great bike shop is located on the new bike & pedistrian path, Ke Ala Hele Makalae: "The path that goes by the coast".
The path hugs the coast and you see areas that can't be seen by a car. The path will some day stretch from North of the airport, in Lihue to Anahola. It's a bit of secret with the vistors but the locals use for walking and biking.
You ride along and than you see unexpected pieces of history, in front of you.
This is what is left of an old Pineapple pier. It's the only reminent of the old plantation.
There are older pieces of history, along the path. But you wouldn't know it, if wasn't for this sign.
There are a few beach acesses, that you can't see from the road.
Along the path are these pavillons with tables. Perfect for picnic.
Reminincing of this day has indeed warmed me. Ahhh Kauai.
All of this beauty, 3 bikes and a few hours, only cost us $68. It was the bargain of our trip. So if you are ever on the island of Kauai, rent a bike, pack a picnic and ride the path. You won't regret it.
I am asked this question so many times over the years, that my answer is starting to sound canned and contrite. This year's visit to her beautiful shores (Kauai is female to me) started the internal conversation within in myself.
Here are my answers.
It's the color of the sunrises, over the Pacific ocean.
It's the rain and the rainbows.
Each island has a color. Kauai is purple.
It's her hidden coves and beaches.
And not so hidden beaches..................................
It's the small towns that still have the feel of the "old" hawaii of yesterday.
It's her majestic Waimea Canyon.
These are only a few of the reasons, I return to Kauai. Feeling the warm trade-winds on my skin, listening to the doves & Mayna birds sing outside the window makes my soul soar.
It's my definition of paradise. That's why it's Kauai.
Even though my body is here in California, my thoughts are back in Kauai.
That is the reason for today's "Flashback Friday" video. It has an island flavor with a hint of the"70's sound of Steve Perry.
This song is what I call a "cruising" song. Envision this: A bright sunny day, driving in a convertible car, top down, wind whipping through your hair, this song playing in the background and destination unknown.
Doesn't that sound good?
Did you ever cruise? If so, what music did you listen to, while driving?