Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Island of Kauai

Hi there!  I'm currently vacationing in Kauai, HI - which I think I failed to mention yesterday.  So today, I'm going to share a couple of photos from my trip so far and some of my thoughts on the island.  The original plan was to participate in What I Ate Wednesday but I'm on island time - as the locals would say - and forgot to photograph my breakfast.  First of all, if you're considering Kauai as a vacation spot, I highly recommend it.  The flight is a little long, but as you can see it's totally worth it... it's beautiful beyond words here.   

I've had an incredible time here with my family - the weather is beautiful, the beach is right outside my bedroom door and the food is incredible beyond words.  The family that I'm vacationing with lives in Chicago, so I don't get to see them very often.  This trip has been the perfect time to spend quality time together - just like last year

One thing I love about Kauai is the focus on sustainable living - there are farmers markets galore and there is a push towards organic farming.  This is something that I wish there was a bigger emphasis on at home.  We've been discussing on our trip how people afford to live on the island - where do they work? what do they do?  The cost of groceries here is outrageous - it's about $6.00 for a half gallon of soy milk - how could you ever survive comfortably here without being wealthy?  The general consensus through people that we've talked to has been that they live paycheck to paycheck. 

We've done a lot of relaxing on this vacation and have spent plenty of time at our backyard beach and getting tacos at the Pat's Taqueria and Red Hot Mama's.  Yesterday, we adventured to this light house and then went to a special beach for little people.  The rocks were enclosed to form a shallow pool and the very special 3 year old that is with us had the time of her life.

While I love it here, for me there always comes a time in every vacation where I start to feel a tiny bit homesick - it's so silly, but it always happens - even though I've talked to the majority of my friends everyday it's not the same as being there.  I miss going to the gym, meeting up for dinner and hearing all the good news and drama that's going on in everyone's life.  So, to my friends back home, I miss you! Sorry I'm not sorry about the freezing rain you've had today.  That's all for the day, I think it's time for a run on the beach and some time in the sun :)

Have you ever been to Hawaii?  Which island?  Tell me about some of your adventures!