Hanging Out at Kalalau Beach

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
Trip End Mar 16, 2008

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Today we spent a leisurely time getting up for breakfast. I read my book for a while Dave chatted with Bill. We had granola with soy milk for breakfast, packed up and headed for Kalalau Beach. It's only another three miles to the beach so we knew had lots of time to get there and we had already done the hardest part of the trail yesterday. We made it in good time and ended up camping in the same camp spot as the last time we were there. Fairly close to the beach, but under some Kukui trees for shade. The rest of the day we hung out on the beach and explored the first cave around the cliff. The water level is much higher this time of year than in November, which is when we went the last time we came to Kauai. We also noticed there wasn't as much ripe fruit on the trail as the last time. Apparently, a lot of the fruit ripens in November. Our last trip here there was ripe guava all over the trail. The sweet smell was a little overpowering back then. We had also seen bread fruit, jakfruit, bananas, papaya, and avocado and noni (not something they eat, but they use too make healing lotions and dyes.) This time we saw oranges and lemons, Java plums, and a couple of the noni, but that was all. It was a little disappointing not to find fresh fruit.

While we were sitting on the beach, a helicopter flew around from the cliff and landed right on the grass by the beach. Wow, that was a big surprise. Apparently, they drop off workers that pick up garbage and clean out the out houses, a thankless job, indeed. The workers said they were picking up about a month's worth of garbage. You might be wondering where all this garbage comes from. There are a lot of "hippies" more like "squatters" that live on the beach or up the valley and we think some of the garbage comes from them. But the majority of the garbage comes from people that hike in with stupidly heavy equipment that they decide they don't want to carry back and so they leave it. Then the helicopters come back and pick up the bags of garbage, hauling them out from a long cable. They came back two more times, once to pick up the garbage and the third time to pick up the workers. It was really strange to be so far away from civilization and have a helicopter land so close to you. I got a video of the helicopter lifting off with the bag of garbage.

We thought about hiking up the Kalalau valley trail, but Dave's feet were covered with blisters, a common problem for him. So, we decided to wait until the next day. For dinner we had our ramen salad, it was really good and so easy to make. We'll have to do that again for a hiking meal. We didn't have to cook anything.
The sunset was fantastic! One of the prettiest I've seen. I took a number of pictures.
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