Sunday, September 20, 2009

The North Shore

Once we got our bearings straight around our home turf in Kapa'a, we set out to explore the lush North Shore of Kauai.

Our journey would take us to Hanalei, home (at least homophonetically) of Puff the Magic Dragon. Accordingly, we dedicated our visit to the late Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary, who had just ceased her fearless roar two days previously.

The perfect little Wai'oli Hui'ia Church beckoned...

... but we were determined to go to the very end of the road, where Ke'e Beach offered a chance to cool off.

Miles tested out the snorkel gear before he let his parents go in.

Then it was off to the races.

Mommy explored some exotic swimming opportunities of her own.

We enjoyed a tasty lunch at the Dolphin Restaurant along the Hanalei River.

Fortunately, there was no dolphin on the actual menu, but Miles found plenty to like in the chowder.

Leo was a happy camper as well.

To top it all off, we paid a visit to "Shave Ice Paradise" for dessert.

For the unitiated, "shave ice" consists of hand-carved ice shards soaked in tropical flavorings and served on a bed of ice cream (preferably macadamia nut). If this seems a bit like a sno-cone or a slurpee, remember that Chateaubriand and a hamburger would sound pretty similar to a space alien.

But, contrary to some speculation, we are not space aliens. We appreciate the superior qualities of shave ice.

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