After our return flight from Kauai landed last Monday, I glanced down at my toes as I stepped off the plane. They were bright white, pale as ghosts, and completely numb. Thanks for the wintery rain, San Francisco… It’s supposed to be almost summer!
While rubbing my feet during the car ride home, desperate to get the blood flowing again, I wished I was back in Hawaii—and not just for the warm weather!
Things I love about Kauai…
Waking up to the waves crashing outside my window. It didn’t even begin to compare to a noise machine… And it came with a gorgeous view too!
Hawaiian culture. So friendly and inviting, with lots of ancient traditions like hula dancing, paddling outrigger canoes, and honoring sacred landscapes.
Hiking the Nā Pali Coast. I already mentioned it once, but it’s worth talking about twice! Breathtaking views, beautiful (and movie-featured!) waterfalls, and sandy beaches. Exercise got 100x better!
Hula Pie. Ice cream + oreo crust + chocolate sauce + whipped cream. So good that I made my own!
Spending time with my family. With such busy schedules, the four of us mainly see each other for holidays and the occasional birthday, so hanging out for a week was a real treat! We splashed around in the pool (Dibble Dabble and Monkey-in-the-Middle may have turned into competitive contact sports), ate at fancy restaurants (so many amazing fish dishes!), and played cards at the condo. Sharing new smiles, laughter, and inside jokes with my family will always be my favorite part of any vacation!
Yet after the past week in California, there are a few things I love about home too: the lack of humidity, wider roads, and far fewer sunburns. But I mostly appreciate my well-stocked pantry with more than popcorn kernels and Aunt Jemima syrup! (Crazy condo kitchen…)
I can finally feel flour between my fingers instead of just sand between my toes. Both are equally satisfying, but one results in something far tastier—like this cinnamon roll pizza!