Aloha and good morning!
It’s almost 5AM here, but I’ve been up for about an hour recovering from an experience straight out of nightmares: A centipede falling on my head while I was lying in bed.
Husband and I were awake and snuggling for a grip when I decided it was time to return to my side of the bed and resume resting. I was lying on my back when suddenly something decently weighted falls onto my right shoulder near my neck. I bat it away, thinking how odd it is that a tree twig or some sort of plant could be falling on me in the house, when I see it swiftly slink away down the foot of the bed and out of sight.
“HOLY BALLS! IT’S A CENTIPEDE!” I exclaim in a whisper, careful to try and not wake the entire house. We spring out of bed, and Husband asks me of its whereabouts. I tell him, and he discovers it clinging to the edge of the bed. He takes his water sandal and expertly takes two shots: one to knock it off the bed, and the other to clobber it into oblivion on the tile floor. We then thoroughly examine its corpse. Care to see? If not, scroll quickly NOW!
Thankfully, this centipede wasn’t terribly big. Apparently they can grow to up to one foot long! I think I’d be far more shaken had one of those monsters fallen on top of me while lying in bed. It’s funny because our tour guide for the mountain tubing, Chelsea, was talking about how she found one on her leg one time while she was driving, and she stopped her car in the middle of traffic to get out and get it off of her. I don’t blame her for a second.
Fun fact: Centipedes are hella common in Hawai’i. Now, on to other, more pleasant ventures!
Yesterday morning began with usual human bodily functions followed by a delicious breakfast at Petite Leis, a cute little café that serves some great eggs benedict and an acai bowl filled with yogurt, granola, and your choice of bananas, berries, or both. Husband and Kacey got the bowls with both, while Joana and I got eggs benedict and Bradon the Belgian waffle. Have a looksee!
The eggs benedict doesn’t look that impressive, but it was quite delicious, as were the potatoes. Bradon was eager to eat and forgot to take a picture until after the cool whipped cream was smeared across that hot delicious waffle, but it’s all good. It looked dope as hell.
Yesterday was Husband’s and my turn to cook dinner, so after breakfast we went to the grocery store to pick up items. We were initially looking for ingredients to make okonomiyaki (see previous post), but alas, none were to be found. I did find pickled plums, however! Not as good as I thought they’d be, but I’m glad I tried them. Instead, we bought everything we needed to make some badass burgers with chips and ice cream for dessert. Classic. Simple. Delicious. More on that later!
We returned to the hale and put things away, then prepared for our much anticipated mountain tubing adventure! It was a bit of a trek from where we are on the island, but we made it, checked in, blah blah blah. We get helmets with headlamps, since 80% of the tubing goes through caves, a pair of gloves, a free banana from a nearby farm (so fresh!), and hop in a van to head to the tubing locale.
What a bumpy ride! I really felt like I was in Jurassic Park then. We traversed on this one lane dirt road for 30 minutes, nearly bumping our heads on the roof on several occasions and enjoying every minute, while Chelsea, the aforementioned guide, gave us a brief history of the area, which was 17,000 acres of sugar cane farmland for about 150 years. It closed on my birthday in the year 2000, and it was then that a kind gentleman purchased the land for 26 million dollars and it’s now used for tours like ours and is preserved.
I learned quite a few things on this adventure! Let me share a few:
- Mango trees only produce fruit for the first 80 years of life. After that, they’re barren.
- One large stalk of sugar cane only produces one small cube of sugar.
- Only 10% of Kauai’s plants are native to the island due to people bringing plants over and them overtaking the others. This is where Hawai’i’s nickname “The Oops State” derives. “Oops! Sorry I killed all your native plants. My bad.”
- When fishing Ahi tuna, you have to be careful not to fight it too much, as they can literally cook themselves from the inside. You can tell when this has happened if the rings in the meat flake apart from each other.
Pretty cool, eh? I thought so!
Fast forward to tubing: It was great! There were about 20 of us on the 1:30 time slot, and we floated, bumped into each other, and had a grand old time. Our other guide, Kai, was very funny and sarcastic. When he found out I’m a singer (have I mentioned that?), he requested I sing “A Whole New World” in the most acoustic cave, which I did, and was met with a round of applause. “No Mariah Carey notes,” he advised. “Don’t need to be shaking the century-old caves.” Done and done.
There were caves, rapids, calm water, and a whole lot of fun. It’s only $30 to purchase all the pictures they take of you (which I have about 75), so I bought the lot and have just finished sifting through them. Check ’em out!
I highly recommend this awesome adventure! They serve you a lunch of make-your-own sandwiches, Maui Style chips, a cookie, and some water afterward, and then you head back to the warehouse where you can purchase the pics or just head out. It was fantastic!
When we returned, Husband and I got right to making our burgers. I chopped up some BACON and weaved it in to the 6 pounds of 80-20 ground beef, along with a harmonious blend of paprika, chili powder, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. My dad helped me with the barbeque, as I am sadly not well-versed in grilling (not allowed to own a BBQ at our apartment), but I truly am my father’s daughter. I’m a natural! It came instinctively. We grilled the 26 (that’s right — twenty-six) burgers, topped most of them with Tillamook Sharp Cheddar, some of them with Tillamook Pepper Jack, and a few of them with nuthin’, melted that shit, and served ’em up! Toasted a bag of sesame seed buns to go with the beefy magic. Have a gander:
We also had ice cream with peaches, bananas, hot fudge, and caramel, but I didn’t get pics of that. I was exhausted after dinner, so Husband and I immediately retired. No horrible-people-game-playing for us.
Today, Joana, Kacey, and I have a surf lesson in the afternoon, and tonight is the Smith Family Luau! Apparently it’s the best one on the island, and since I’m one of the DD’s I’ll be sure to get plenty of pics. Until tomorrow, my bloggy friends. Mahalo for reading, and aloha!
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