After five hour flight above the Pacific I was excited to spot an island. This is Molokai, one of the eight Hawaiian Islands which were formed from volcanoes erupting from the ocean floor. (That's the plane wing on the upper left)
Under each cloud cluster, below, is an island. To the left is Maui. On the upper right is Lanai, and on the lower right is Mulokai. In the distance near the top of the picture you can barely see the form of the big island of Hawaii.
We stayed on Kauai, often called the "garden island" and known as the wettest place on earth! We stayed on the South side in Poipu Beach, a great place to snorkle. That's our hotel, the Sheraton, in the distance on the point. We got a great deal on a room (and car) through the auto club, and we ended up in the back with a view of the parking lot.
Little did we know at the time, this would have advantages. For example, when you've had a long day of adventures and you climb out of your car carrying snorkles, masks, fins, beach bag, and Mahi Mahi burgers for dinner, you only have to walk a few steps to your room.
The best perk about the room was that we were actually close to the water. We stayed on the first floor of this buidling (3rd room from the left) and we could walk to the water's edge in seconds. I'm taking this picture from the water's edge.
We had a nice pool. We didn't take a dip until the last day.
The water slide looked fun. I watched 2 children on it for awhile, then finally decided to try it. It was a wet slick ride with a gentle WUMPH into the water. I went three times.
Next post...What is it like to live on Kauai? A beach barbecue with the locals.