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Kaua’i Helicopter Tour

March 21st, 2007 · No Comments

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John & Susan & our helicopter

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John & Allison

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Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i

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Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i

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Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i

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Pilot Donald Torres

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Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i

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Koke’e Park Lookout in Waimea Canyon, Kaua’i (we were there a few days before!)

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Ke’e Beach, Kaua’i (we were there the day before!)

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Ke’e Beach, Kaua’i (we were there the day before!)

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John & Allison

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Susan and our pilot

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We survived!! Allison, Rachelle, John & Susan.

I don’t know why I took so many photos on our helicopter tour with Inter-Island Helicopters, because I could have taken 3,000 photos and still not captured the beauty and magnificence of the trip. This was definitely the thing that I was the most nervous and excited for on the trip. It was a great experience, of course it was tinged by two helicopters crashing only days later, one of them being the helicopter we flew in, piloted by our same pilot. If you want to read more on that, see this earlier post (related posts where my photos were used on Hawaii news broadcasts here and here). Like I said there, I thought our pilot was great and informative and fun and safe. It’s too bad that the close proximity of the crashes tainted our ride. .. like not the experience itself, but how I feel about ever doing it again or recommending it to others.

I wasn’t going a good job editing out photos I didn’t like, I like them all… so there are a ton. Also, here are Allison’s short video clips taken during our flight – video 1, video 2.

One other thing, Puka Dog. John had become obsessed with trying a Puka Dog, which is a Hawaiian style hotdog. I’ll get into it more in a few posts, but on this day “Puka! Puka! Puka!” was kind of a mantra for us… whenever we were getting freaked out by the Helicopter or anything else we chanted it or said something about “Live for the Puka!” At one point during our helicopter tour John pressed the button to speak and asked Donald, our pilot, if he liked Puka Dog. Donald didn’t understand what he said and all the rest of us were just giggling. Donald was like “what? what?” so I pressed my button and said “He wanted to know if you like Puka Dog!” Donald sort of just rolled his eyes and said they were over rated. I think John started crying. Now what did we have to live for!? Kidding!

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Hiking the Kalalau Trail

March 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

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If you drive on the road til you can no longer drive any more, you’ll get to Ke’e beach. From there we hiked on the Kalalau Trail. I didn’t realize til just now that Kalalau Lookout is where we were the previous day and so if we would have kept hiking on the trail at Ke’e beach for a really long time, we’d be at the area we looked down on from the lookout. I think? We only hiked on the trail for 2 miles to Hanakapia’i Beach, which is all the farther you can go without a permit. I’d done this hike before and it kicked my butt. I fell down a few times, fell in the stream, fell in the river, almost lost a shoe and ruined my shorts with red clay. This time: I didn’t even fall once! Susan and Allison are my witnesses. It is a hard trail, but the views are magnificent.

When we were almost done coming down the trail, I was so hot and tired and hungry (why didn’t we eat anything all day!?!) that I didn’t know what I was dreaming of more: Jumping in the ocean or binging on the bag of tortilla chips that was in the car. We went to the car and changed as quickly as we could, took a dip in the water and then passed out on Ke’e Beach for an hour or so.

One thing – I had my camera set for the really dark lighting in the cave and never changed it. So, a lot of my photos from the hike are really blown out. Hopefully you don’t think these that I salvaged are to bad.

For more, this guy has a great diary of his adventures on the Kalalau Trail, going WAAAYYY past where we hiked to.

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