Waimea Canyon

Every morning I find some new friend. Today started with a praying mantis.

Then when I lifted up my laptop I found a baby gecko. 8 hours later, it's still beneath the laptop. The battery keeps it warm and I feed it whatever bugs I can find.

We decided to circle the island and find the Waimea Canyon. This island's primary development is agriculture. The fields of red soil dot the landscape in the interior whereas on the exterior, near the coastlines, you'll find fresh seafood centers, golf courses, harbors and residential areas surrounded by palm trees. Some seeds will grow in the red soil, while others will not. Native species are being reintroduced into the land to bring back the original ecosystem integrity. The local produce and coffee is of high quality and mirrors the excellence of those gifts found in parts of Central America.

An example of what you might find along the shore.

After driving for about one hour we found the canyon. (Note: you can drive across the entire island in 2 hours and see all the cities and nature reserves) The canyon is 3500 feet deep, 1 mile wide and 10 miles long. It's more or less the 'Grand Canyon of Hawaii'.

Along the canyon walls you can read the stratified layers of ancient lava flows and ash deposits from volcanic explosions. Kauai has the oldest volcanic rocks in the Hawaiin chain and there are no active volcanoes/lava flows. The Pacific Plate moves westard and Kauai has migrated away from the molten hot spot that ignites volcanoes on the Big Island. Along the beaches of Kauai you can find lava tubes that blow water upwards, much like a geysers.

On our way back we stopped at one of the many waterfalls along the side of Highway 50...

And ended our journey at the beach.