“Life is a paradise for those who love many things with a passion.”
KOKE’E STATE PARK, KAUAI, HAWAII
Waimea Canyon was gorgeous! (Blog post here) And after soaking the views, we drove further up the road into Koke’e State Park.
We kept driving until we ran out of road.
Pu‘u O Kila Lookout
This lookout had the best view of the Kalalau Valley! Well…
And like the biggest tease that she is, Mama Earth brought those clouds back as quickly as she’d blown them away. We hung around the Pihea Trail hoping for another break in the clouds…
This is probably the only photo we took together on our trip. Besides failed selfies, that is. Tripod for the win! Just know that when we’re together — truly together — the last thing on our mind is setting up the tripod :)
Poipu Beach Park
I met the cutest little fairy here. Her name was Annabel. She was the most adventureful two-year-old I had ever met. Her little spirit stirred my soul in ways no stranger has ever done. What am I even saying?
I’m scared of the water, she said to me while her Mama called from the water, telling her to give snorkeling another try. All I wanted to do was hug her tight. I chatted with her and her Mama for the rest of the day. They were from Vancouver and had been camping during their stay on the island.
She stayed with a local family yesterday, said her Mama. They offered to baby-sit while I took a tour on a helicopter, and she did great.
My kind of humans.
I had no idea who that little fairy was, nor why we crossed paths. All I knew was that I loved her so very much. I wish I was better at taking portraits of people I meet. I looked back through my photos and videos that night and realized I captured her in one of my videos, running around like the wild child that she was.
But they awoke and went back into the ocean because people insisted on gathering around them, touching, picking their flippers, and flashing cameras in their face, or lying right next to them for selfies. Grown middle-aged adults.
So please, if you ever visit, stop with the harassing. If your camera nearly touches their face, you are already too close. And you are breaking the law.
Love & Adventure,
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