Claremontographer in Kaua’i: Odds and Ends

Beautiful Beaches

Lots of mud

Feral Chickens everywhere

Delightful walk to the Stone Dam

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Cute churches everywhere

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The waterfalls seen on the opening of Fantasy Island episodes

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Little girls from a wedding who were tired of being photographed

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and with this sunset picture, you know the end is here

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Claremontographer in Kaua’i: Ancient Ruins

IMG_4230I can’t hike all day, every day. Sometimes I just want to view historical sites, and if there are old rocks and ruins, so much the better. Since the Hawaiian islands formed from volcanoes, many of the rocks found are volcanic.

Near the Wailua River on Kaua’i’s east side stand ancient Hawaiian temples, or heiau, made of these black rocks.

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The foundations that remain represent various types of sites. One is a Place of Refuge,  others are a war temple, and a place for future kings to be born (Birthstones).

Above some of these ruins is a cemetery with lots of Japanese names on the tombstones.

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On the west side of the island are the remains of Fort Elizabeth (or Elisabeth, I’ve seen both spellings), a Russian outpost from the early 19th century. Notice the red clay dirt. Lots and lots of it all over Kaua’i.

Claremontographer in Kaua’i: Na Pali Coast

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Probably more well known than the Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast has offered up great filming locations and great hiking. The coastal trail runs 11 strenuous miles and takes experienced hikers one day from beginning to end (and another day back – so one must acquire a permit and backpack to and fro). Luckily for us moderate hikers, you can hike in for two miles to the lovely Hanakapi’ai Beach (above) and back in a leisurely half day. We chose not to go the additional two miles to the waterfall.

We joined the long never-ending trail of other hikers (some in flip flops which I’m sure resulted in blisters) and headed up (really UP) the beginning of the trail over tree roots and big rocks after reading the warnings.

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After a while, we were rewarded with views of not only our starting point, but then what lay ahead.

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After 90 minutes or so of mostly up and some downs and a lot of stopping (to take pictures, of course), we arrived at the river just before the beach.

Of course, there was a warning not to go in the water.

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Fortunately it had not rained for a few days, so the rocks were available for crossing. Apparently this is not always the case.

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The rocky and sandy beach was a perfect place to spend some well-deserved sitting-time.

With lots of stacked rocks to contemplate and photograph

The hike back still required uphill climbing, but it didn’t take quite as long, and we were back in Hanalei for lunch. My calves and hamstrings are still tight, but it was such an amazing hike that I would do it again. I would say this was probably the highlight of our week.

 

 

Claremontographer on Kaua’i: Waimea Canyon

Spring break occasionally finds us in exciting locations, and this year we made it to Kaua’i. We’d been to Maui when the girls were teenagers, and then five years ago we took a VW Camper Van around the Big Island at Christmas. Kaua’i was next on our list. Rumor had it that it is the most lush and most remote island with more hiking opportunities than the other islands in Hawai’i.

Kaua’i is known for Waimea Canyon, the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. People say that Mark Twain named it that, but apparently he never set foot on Kaua’i. I guess he named it from all the photos on the internet.

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If you stay on the north side of the island, driving to Waimea Canyon is an all-day affair involving lots of driving. Panoramas abound along the road with ample opportunity to get out and enjoy the views.

This waterfall made me think of what water on Mars could look like.

After perusing the various hikes available in the park, we chose one that didn’t seem too long, too short, too much up or down. The Canyon Hike leads to tall, cascading falls, but the book and internet warned that one could not actually see the falls at the end since you are standing above them.

Some kind soul left two walking sticks at the entrance to the hike which we used and returned for the next people in need of walking sticks.

After the hike, we drove to the end of the trail for amazing vistas. These clouds were gone ten minutes after I took this photo.

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One of the wettest spots on earth was fairly dry that day.

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47 Things: Spring – Part Two

With this post, Claremontography concludes the 47 Things to do in Claremont. To look back on the entire list, click here.

43. April is National Poetry Month, so it’s a perfect time to go to a poetry reading sponsored by the Friends of the Claremont Library. Or stop by the post at the Folk Music Center to read local words.

44. Take the family to Claremont’s Spring Celebration, this year on April 15 in Memorial Park. The Egg Hunt starts at 10:30, and if you come 5 minutes late, the eggs will be gone. Be forewarned.

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45. Celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 in the Claremont Village.

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46. Take in a speaker at commencement. The Claremont Colleges hold their graduation ceremonies on May 13 and 14 this year. While the speakers have not yet been announced, there are usually some great offerings.

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47. Treat yourself as often as possible to locally-grown strawberries.

 

And there you have it. 47 suggestions of things to do IN Claremont throughout the year. In case you are wondering why the Folk Music Festival did not make my list, it’s because there will be no festival in 2017. The Facebook page says they will return to the Sontag Theater at Pomona in May 2018.

47 Things: Spring – Part One

Spring comes early in Claremont, no matter what the Groundhog says. The official date this year is Monday, March 20, but you might want to put some of these spring suggestions on your calendar now.

37. If you like pie (and who doesn’t?), attend the 3rd Annual Pie Festival on March 18. Fun for the whole family.img_5112

38. Bach in the Subways. I don’t know any details about this annual event where musicians play the music of Bach in public places (no subways in Claremont, but check out the Laemmle Plaza). It’s possible that it might be on March 19.

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Poster from last year. Bach will be 332 this year.

39. Sustainable Claremont Garden Tour.

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40. Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden Wildflower Show. I can’t find the date for this one, but last year it was in mid-April. Here is my post about the show last year.

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41. Take a Claremont Heritage Walking Tour. Every first Saturday of the month.

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42. This is a great time of year to revisit the Turrell at Pomona College.

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