Our last adventure in Hawaii was taking the sunset dinner sail on the Southern Star Catamaran along the world famous coastline of Napali (Na Pali) on Kauai, Hawaii's oldest inhabited island.
Barnacle-nosed breaching/spouting humpback whale - yeah! I snapped a nose at last!
The weather was iffy all day following heavy rains and local flooding. They decided the sail was a go, so we kicked off our flip-flops, donned plastic ponchos (brought back memories of Vietnam in December for Paula and I - we have done a lot of wet sightseeing lately), clambered aboard with about 20 other brave sailors, a jolly crew of five including the chef, and by early afternoon we were heading out to sea. Not long out of the dock and on our way toward the northwest coast, we were soon seeing humpback whales........
........and spinning dolphins.
By the time we reached Napali's 16 miles of rugged coast, the weather had changed for the worst with driving rain, fairly rough seas, and heavy fog.
Even with these conditions, the coastline - inaccessible to vehicles but visible from the sea, by helicopter, or some tough hiking - rose to 4,000 feet above the Pacific, and the views were otherworldly with the drifting fog and crashing waves.
San Francisco Bay and the city - Golden Gate Bridge just visible in the center. Photo taken from the plane as we headed home.
35,000 feet above the Colorado Rockies - snow covered mountains from the window.
After a couple of nights at Paula's home, and that wonderful drive to Napa Valley, we headed to Raleigh on Tuesday afternoon................arriving here very late without our bags, and creeping, somewhat exhausted, into a house with no water due to a break in our main line from the street!!! At 2:00 AM the bags showed up, BUT the water was never coming back without the help of a friendly plumber. Thanks for all your good wishes - fortunately we have no water inside the house - just in the garden.
You'll never guess where I'm writing this post! Stay tuned - I'll tell you next time.