The life and times of an Arizona Investor

This will be my personal journal to document my failures and successes during my real estate experiences in Arizona. All stories, thoughts, and successes will be documented..

Friday, July 22, 2005

Back from vacation!!

Well, its back to the grind. I went to the JOB yesterday and man was it painful! At least there's some REI deals that I'm working on right now thats keeping me busy..

I was going to write a little bit about our trip, but my wife had already wrote a nice summary, so here it is! I highly recommend Kauai!! It was awesome!

"We just got back to the mainland today. Boy, words do no justice to the beauty and essence of Kauai. So far, in the 30 years that I've walked this earth, I haven't had as much fun in any place than the Garden Isle (Kauai).

It's summer time there and the temperatures stayed inthe 80's. The humidity was also in the 80's but sinceI'm used to humidity in the Philippines, it did notfaze me at all. Surprisingly, Brian wasn't bothered bythe high humidity either. Try viewing the slideshow from the link below...http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-191501919-kauai_vacations-i

We got to Kauai on Tuesday, the 12th and the very nextday we spent Marlin fishing. We decided to go onBrian's birthday hoping for some luck. Kauai's watersare rough. We had 4 to 8 ft waves during the entireday of fishing. Needless to say, the dramamine did nothelp out in the morning and we felt queasy not havingbeen raised with "sea legs." We got skunked in themorning (zero fish for all 5 tourists), so Brian and I braved it into the afternoon seas. We did not want to give up. The afternoon fishing was more fun. We did not get sick this time and even though we did not landa Marlin, Brian hooked into a 30+ lb Ono (Wahoo). Itwas beautiful and pretty heavy when I picked it up. Ithad razor sharped teeth. The link below has a goodpicture.http://www.state.hi.us/dbedt/seafood/ono.html

Thursday we drove up to Waimea Canyon, the "GrandCanyon" of the Pacific. It was GORGEOUS up there. We also saw one feralpig (wild) and wild chickens everywhere. Thehens/roosters were very entertaining. They wereEVERYWHERE!! Check out the chickens and Waimea Canyonbelow. We also stopped by at Jojo\'s Shave Ice on theway to Waimea. Excellent shave ice at Jojo\'s---one ofthe popular tourist stops.http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/html/sites/waimea_canyon.html

On Friday we took a helicopter tour of the wholeisland. This activity is a triple must!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE were in awe. Neither of us has ridden on a heli andit was one of the best views of the island. We saw NaPali Coast (can only be accessed via foot or catamaranor seen from a helicopter). You can't drive to Na Palicoast but for the serious hikers, it\'s definitely awonderful trek. Check out Na Pali....http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/hiking_and_camping/NapaliCoast.htm


Saturday we went to the Marriott north of CoconutMarket to experience our first Luau. It was a greatexperience. Luau is definitely worth doing at leastonce. Good entertainment and great food.Sunday we went to the Kauai Coffee Plantation andsampled a LOT of different coffee varieties. They\'recoffee is definitely on the strong side. We also sawone of the falls (Opeaka\'a) and the Wailua River. Wedid not go to the Fern Grotto since there was so muchto see....maybe next time...From the website below, not only will you see thefalls but also a photo gallery of Kauai worthchecking out...


If I was gonna retire and had mychoice, Kauai would be up there. We also saw one feralpig (wild) and wild chickens everywhere. Thehens/roosters were very entertaining. They wereEVERYWHERE!! Check out the chickens and Waimea Canyonbelow. We also stopped by at Jojo's Shave Ice on theway to Waimea. Excellent shave ice at Jojo's---one ofthe popular tourist stops.http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/html/sites/waimea_canyon.html


On Monday, we got to see one of my most favoritebeaches in Kauai --- Ke\'e beach. At Ke\'e, we snorkeledand swam with the sea turtles. It was scary at firstsince they were huge but the turtles were so friendlyand was not bothered by all the tourist attention. Sowe got to touch them and they did not even bat aneyelash.http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/beaches/default.htm

We also went to the north side of the island andvisited Princeville. This is a haven for golfers andyuppies. Definitely the more affluent side of town...http://www.hawaiiweb.com/kauai/html/sites/princeville.html

Good food in Kauai:

Keoki - fresh fish/seafood
Brick Oven - Pizza

Bubbas-Hamburgers
Ono Charboil Brugers - Brugers


On Tuesday we packed, drove to Wailua Falls, and started our red eye flight back to the mainland. Mahalo!"

|| Bginvestor, 2:29 PM

2 Comments:

Nice to hear you had a safe (and fun) trip to/from Hawaii. Bet coming back to your JOB really lit the fire even more. One day, my wife and I will go to Hawaii. Kind of hard right now, tho - too many things going on and to many things coming up on the horizon.

Welcome back!
Blogger Steve, at 6:36 AM  
My wife and I had our honeymoon on Maui and Kauai. We were a bit disappointed in the commercial-ness of Maui, but we loved Kauai. It's what you picture Hawaii is like.
Blogger Shaun, at 8:23 AM  

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