Other than the almost indescribable scenery, one thing from the trip that will stick with me was the comment from our pilot Captain Jimmy that Kauai is the perfect antidote to the frantic pace of life.
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Called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon is a stunning spot to have a picnic or go for a hike. And if you continue on to the end of the road you'll find postcard-worthy views of the Na Pali Coast.
Beets are the triple homicides of the vegetable kingdom: Everyone avoids them because of the messy red stains. But beets are my almost-favorite vegetable, trailing only Brussels sprouts (the Elephant Men of the vegetable kingdom) and a spinachy green known as pigweed.
We must keep an open heart and not shut down and ignore the suffering of our fellow human beings in Japan. If we can offer our practice, service, or generosity to the victims then we no longer need to feel disempowered.
"Kauai is the place for outdoor activities," declares Eric, our guide, as we kayak up the Hule'ia River where we will hike through the woods toward Kipu Ranch, hidden waterfalls, and our special swimming hole.