I have never been ziplining before, and I hope it won't be my last, but I can't imagine a better experience! Our guides, Sierra and Connor, were awesome - they just made an already incredible event even that much more fun! This was an 8 leg, 3 hour course! What?? Amazing! They took pictures the whole way and then shared a link with our group so we could download the pictures for free - what? They didn't charge an extra $50 for 1 photo? This place was the BOMB! These pictures below were taken right after we suited up and then discovered we were next to a scary dinosaur!
Most of the rest of these they took for us but I included a couple of photos I took, too:
We left there and went to a local fish market for some ahi tuna poke (for me) and Hawaiian Laulau (for Tim). We then took a lovely drive to the Hawaiian Grand Canyon called Waimea Canyon - check out these views on the way there:
And then, after a very twisty and windy road (Tim was loving driving it), we were there! Here are some pictures from there, including some dragon fruit we bought at a stand there (along with some papaya and banana lumpia we didn't get pictures of), but check out these views! Oh - side trivia note - people put locks on the fence there at the top with their names and dates - some even planned ahead and have the locks engraved as the one you'll see below. Just thought that was interesting:
I took 4 pictures of the canyon kind of panorama style, and google assistant put them together for an actual panorama picture. Check it out!
We then went to a bird sanctuary at the recommendation of a family we met at the Canyon from Dallas. There wasn't a ton of wildlife - a few birds - but we took a very peaceful walk around the sanctuary which was a nice break from our go-go-go day! We then drove to a park on the ocean we had seen on the way up to the canyon so we could watch the sunset over the island of Ni'ihau, which they call the forbidden island because it is off-limits to everyone except relatives of the island's owners and a few other special people. Here are a couple of shots from that:
Finally, it was dinner time. We have some friends who, when they found out we were going to Hawaii, slipped a $100 bill in my hand and said we have to go to dinner at Roy Yamaguchi's restaurant on Kauai. So tonight was the night! Tim had the Hapa Burger which consisted of Makaweli beef and wild boar (it was the best burger either of us have ever had!) and I had the blackened island Ahi with buckwheat noodles. It was amazing! The hostess had asked if we were celebrating a special occasion, so we let them know we were here on this trip celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. When they brought us the dessert we ordered (the chocolate souffle) it was accompanied by another dessert with a Happy Anniversary message in chocolate! Nice touch!
Tomorrow is kayaking day, so I'd better hit the hay! (Hey, I'm a poet and don't even know it! Lol!). Until tomorrow!
Tim & Jodie