Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Kaua'i Trip (Day 5)

March 20 - Coffee + Return to Sac
I enjoyed a final morning of sunrise yoga on our lanai followed by a 45-minute run along the roadway by Kalapaki Bay. I also finished documenting some of the many elephant statues scattered throughout the resort, including the newly lei-crowned grey elephants that guard the entrance from the Aupaka Terrace to one of the hotel towers. Here's a panorama of the property's pachyderms:

We opted for an easy and predictable breakfast at the Starbucks in Kukui Grove Shops on Nawiliwili Road on our way to the Kaua'i Coffee Company, where we tasted nearly 10 samples of dark and medium roast grinds. We also learned the difference between Kona and Kaua'i coffee, most importantly that the latter is less acidic and thus less sour, which helps to explain why we enjoyed everything we tasted, unlike our experiences on the Big Island a few years ago. In the Company store, we made some final rooster-themed purchases, including a colorful new mug for Mr. E and a bag of the "Rooster Alarm" dark roast whole-bean coffee to bring home.

On our way back to the airport, we passed by Jack Harter Helicopters again, literally coming full circle from the beginning of our trip!

Notes for future activities when we return at a different time of year, with warmer temperatures and calmer ocean conditions:

  • Scuba lesson
  • Surf lesson
  • Boat tour of Napali Coast & Ni'ihau with snorkel time
  • Guided hike along part of Palalau Trail to the waterfall
  • Hike on Mt. NouNou
  • Rent cruisers to cycle the coastal trail


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