Monday, January 7, 2013

Sunrise Shells

Cory bought me a beautfiul sunrise shell for Christmas this year.  I was really excited because I had been wanting one for awhile.  I was told that they could be found at Polihale right before sunrise. I went out and looked a few times when we were camping, but I only found baby sunrise shells that were probably about the size of a quarter inch and were very fragile. 

This is my sunrise shell!  It is on a necklace now.  It is about the size of a quarter.

The first time I saw a sunrise shell I thought that it had been dyed or painted.  I didn't know how special they are until I saw a few people wearing them and decided to learn a little about the shell. 

I found this description online to share with you...

"These shells are one of the most sought after for their history, beauty and rarity. They are only found in Hawaii so that alone makes them very special. Their history goes back to ancient times when only the Hawaiian royal family was allowed to wear to this unique treasure. They are still around today but are hard to obtain because they live in depths of over 200ft. By the time they get to the beach they are usually destroyed from our powerful surf. Because they are so rare and hard to find they are very valuable."

- Emilie

MORE Horseback Riding!

I got to go horseback riding again!  One of my new friends works at the humane society as an animal control officer. They currently have 16 horses.  Part of her job is to ride the horses to give them exercise and help get/keep them used to being around people.  I was so excited when she invited me to come with her.  I got to ride two different horses.  It had a great time, especially because I got to go faster than we were allowed to on the tour that Becky and I went on.  My friend goes every Sunday, I'm hoping I will get to go with her again soon.

- Emilie

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Horseback Riding on the Beach

One of the highlights of Christmas break was horseback riding with Becky.  It is something that I have been wanting to do since we moved here, but Cory was not particularly interested in.  Becky has always wanted to ride a horse on the beach, so we figured that now was the time.

There are multiple companies that offering horseback riding on Kauai.  We chose CJM stables because they are close to where we live and I knew that the area we would be riding in would be very beautiful and had a lower chance of rain than some of the other areas on the island.  From a visitors perspective, Becky thought that horseback riding was a great way to see the landscape of Kauai. 

 On our way!

 Not a bad view! 

 My horse is named Chex

 Becky's horse is named Hapa

We had a great time on our tour.  I'm so glad we went, it was definitely worth it.

- Emilie