thanks to the jet lag, we all woke up around five am on our second day in kauai. we drank coffee on the balcony while making plans for the day. i think everyone was on a high from the previous afternoon and all that we did in just a few short hours after arriving. while my mom and dad booked a kayaking trip, we drove down to the kukui'ula shopping center to grab a quick breakfast. we stopped by living foods gourmet market and picked up acai bowls to enjoy on the porch. after breakfast, we went home to pack for a day on the wailua river.
we drove up the coast and made it to the outfitters to meet our guide, dominic. after a short drive and some elvis facts, we arrived to the boat launch. we kayaked a few miles up the winding river, against the wind and beneath the trees to the secret falls. it was a short hike to the falls through a lush, tropical forest. the trail was lined with ginger roots and fallen mango and it smelled like heaven. we stopped and enjoyed lunch at the falls surrounded by chickens before hiking back to our boats. another short trip up the river found us at a popular swimming spot. carter and i decided to hang back with the other guides while everyone took turns on the cliffs before heading back. on the trip back, we reminisced about the good ole' days, kayaking on the creek we lived on in charleston and how much we missed it. and that maybe we could do a summer on the island... it's amazing what your mind can dream up in a single moment.
we were all pretty exhausted once we made it back to the south shore. we decided cold beverages were the only answer and went to brennecke's for mai tai's + lava flows. and food too, i guess. we spent the rest of the evening relaxing. we went to check out spouting horn before ending the night on brennecke beach. we watched the sea turtles swim to shore and the sky melt into cotton candy before calling it a day.