Sunday, June 17, 2012

More Monk Seals!

While we were at the beach last week we got a great video of a Monk Seal getting back into the ocean after a nap!  The link is below.

I think monk seals are so much fun to watch.  Sadly, they are a very endangered species.  There are only a little over 1,000 of them in existence.  As far as I know, they are mostly only seen on Kauai.

- Emilie

Allerton Garden

Cory and I went to the Allerton Garden today, which is part of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens.  It was a 2.5 hour guided tour of the grounds.  We had already been to the McBryde Garden which is a self-guided tour, so we were excited to do something new!  Plus, it is free for residents on Sundays.

Our tour guide was an avocado farmer!  He said he came here for a 5 day camping trip 40 years ago and never left.

The gardens were broken up into "rooms" -- but not actual rooms built with typical materials.  Different types of plants such as palm trees or bamboo were used to create walls of separation between different parts of the garden.  Each "room" had some sort of water feature that used the natural run-off.  There were also several sculptures throughout the gardens.  The creator of the garden studied art in Europe for many years (in the 1930's I think) before designing this garden.

We also learned that most of the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean - On Stranger Tides" was shot here!  So was part of Jurassic Park.

It was very beautiful and an enjoyable tour!

 These are the trees that were used for filming Jurassic Park! 
 Here we are standing in the roots of the Jurassic Park trees!  They were enormous! The roots are bigger than us!
 The Mermaid Fountain 

 Interesting twisting vines around this tree.

Lotus flower.

Hope you enjoyed the pictures!  Here is the link to the website in-case anyone wants more information!

- Emilie

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Hike to Wailua Falls

A few weeks back we posted a picture of Wailua Falls... from the top.  Today, we decided to hike down to the bottom of the falls and go swimming!  The trail started just past the lookout area.  It was unmarked, but luckily there were some people there who pointed us in the right direction.  The trail was steep, and very muddy in one part, but well worth it. 

 Getting closer to the waterfall!

 We made it!

Once we made it to the falls we were ready to go swimming.  The water was cold, but not too bad.  Cory jumped in off of some rocks. We swam all the way across to the waterfall.  We climbed up on a rock ledge right behind the falls!  The wind was blowing the water at us, but we were already soaked so it was okay.  We saw several parrots flying around and a few other people were swimming.  I would definitely recommend this hike to visitors, it was nice and easy but ended with a spectacular view!

- Emilie

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Maui - Part 3

We had a great surprise ending to our trip to Maui.  We happened to be on the beach where there was going to be a outrigger sailing canoe race the next morning.  The race started on Maui and ended on the island of Molokai (which is 15 miles away).  We were told that the race would take about 3 hours.  The people who were part of the canoe clubs were giving free rides on the canoes!  Cory, Cory's Grandpa, and I signed up right away.  We randomly got paired with a team from Kauai.  The canoe went much faster than I expected and it was a really smooth ride.

 Getting the canoe ready.

We made it safely back to shore!

Goodbye Maui!

- Emilie