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Up early (5am) and relatively bright, we navigated shuttle, check-in, and TSA without much fuss. Once past the dragons of TSA, we found Kathleen, Michael, and Tallulah MacDonald, also on their way to Kauai.
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over San Francisco and away...
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Five quick hours later, the islands hove up out of the cloud, and then the plane wheeled into final approach to LIH. Out our window, Nawiliwili and the rugged southeast coast of Kauai appeared.
We got our bags, our car, and wandered around looking (first) for a supermarket, and then something for lunch; found 'em both ... and then north just a few miles to Kauai Beach Inn. We were able to check in early. Hot and sweaty, we were glad to shed traveling clothes and meet up with Chad and his ladies at the sand pool. Sorry, no pictures: no camera, just hangin' out with the girls in the warm shallow water.
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From our corner room lanai, we have a classic tropical view. The mynahs and doves are everywhere ...and also many bantam chickens and roosters. Hard to digest: only this morning we were in California.
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Lovely dinner in the "fancy" restaurant at Kauai Beach Resort: (clockwise from upper left) crab cakes, Caesar salad with chook, a Hawaiian concoction called hapa (Chad thinks), a sort of focaccia with chicken and pesto, and the Hawaiian version of duck two ways. Thank you, Chad.
A walk along the beach after dinner. An amazing amount of fishing trash along this windward beach.
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