Bye, bye, Paradise

All good things must come to an end, so we left Kauai behind us, returning to the rather over-rated reality of work and daily chores. As we watched the emerald green canopy of the island surrounded by it’s justly famous soft sand beaches recede rapidly in the window of our Aloha jet, we vowed to return again soon. Indeed, it was a most relaxing of weeks. We snorkeled in silky warm waters protected by corral reefs, decorated with bright parrot fish and yellow tangs swimming lazily by. We climbed around the rim of Waimea Canyon, a somewhat smaller scale Grand Canyon, but with more color and the added beauty of green vegetation to break the stark buttes of water and wind carved  rock. We hiked out to the roaring waterfalls of the Wailua River, as well as to graceful tall streamers cascading from nearby mountain sides. We lazed on spotless beaches where ours were the only footprints to be seen sinking below ankle depth into the luxurious wave licked sand. And oh, yes, we ate. We ate fresh ono and ahi, nectar sweet pineapples, exotic island fruits, and a plethora of local delicacies to tempt the most jaded of appetites. Most wonderful of all, we let go. We released all those cares and concerns that had wound us tighter than a top, letting them all melt away in the melodies of the trade winds through the palms, to be buried by the crushing of the rolling waves below our window into oblivion. Refreshed, rejuvenated, we are home again, ready to tackle what the fates may lay before us, grateful for this brief respite Kauai has given us. It is truly the Garden Isle, as you may see by the photos I posted here. Be well, and enjoy your weekend.
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23 Responses to Bye, bye, Paradise

  1. Deborah says:

    I have some of those same photos in my family album!  I love Kauai.  I loved the snorkling there.  My sister loves Maui the best but I think Kauai is no ka oi!  Glad that you enjoyed it and came back relaxed.
    blessed be,

  2. PJ says:

    ALOHA Jorge!
    The photos are breath taking and noone deserves the relaxaton and beauty you encountered more than you. Glad you are back safely.
    Until next time..Keep Smiling.

  3. Holy says:

    Why can\’t all weeks be like those getaway ones?  Welcome back.  Glad you got a chance to unwind in paradise.
    Nice photos.  Sounds like a great island.

  4. Michelle says:

    Welcome Home Jorge! I am so happy to hear that you had a fun trip with a lot of relaxation, fun and yummy eats! May the memories hold you and inspire you until you get to break away again from the day to day "norm".
    Thank you so much for sharing pictures. They are gorgeous and it looks very much like paradise to me!
    (I am definitely going to tell Armando that Hawaii is another place we need to visit one day.)
    I am looking forward to reading My Antonia. 🙂
    Muchos Abrazos,

  5. Kathryn says:

    what beautiful photogaphs! I am stopping by to say hello and thanks for coming by my place. I seem to not get around much anymore – I have been so busy, and when I am not, I tend to want to do nothing much at all! I am glad I came by…

  6. Gelert says:

    Wow! how beautiful Jorge. Glad you had such a wonderful time, and thanks for the photos.

  7. Stephen Craig says:

    Jorge,  Am glad the trip was refreshing.  It is good to get away.  But home is where the art is, and where the heart is.  On the eve of Veteran\’s Day I give you a salute.   This is a platform to inprove the betterment.  Thank you for your vist and comments.  As ever be well. My Friend.  Stephen Craig Rowe

  8. sweeti's says:

    next time  u buy one ticket more….plzzzzzzzz..
    i wanna seethis with my own eyes…awesome
    the world is beautiful………..
    when im in such areas Jorge..i always say inside
    Tx God…for the fact that my eyes can see this…that i can feel the beauty..not only see.
    that i can taste it…Tx
    seems u have energy now for 2????
    i know the feeling   awesome isn\’t it
    tx for sharing
    and the pics???Supurb..inviting
    maybe when u have to change job…u can work for travel agency….tx
    enjoy r sunday

  9. Fenix says:

    It\’s a beautiful place!!! and photografs are goods… I wish to go there.

  10. redvelvet says:

    Thanks for the encouraging words Jorge… I will never give up… never give in, until they do… Beautiful pictures btw… evidence of where your son comes by his photographic talents… Take care…

  11. PJ says:

    Good Afternoon Jorge,
    I find myself here once again to view "Paradise". There is something that draws me to the photo>> 4th from bottom..on the left hand side. WOW! Simply magical.
    Thank you.
    Until next time.Keep Smiling.

  12. PJ says:

    Seems I goofed…Not only that one..but the middle one next to 4th from bottom left..The ocean and driftwood/tree trunk. And the last one. YOU HAVE MADE MY DAY…LOL..Here in the Midwest.

  13. Theresa says:

    Thank you SO MUCH for taking us all away if only for a little while…gorgeous pictures!  What a blessing to be able to experience such beauty!
    Have a good week!!

  14. Aimee says:

    without you i would have never got to see the beauty…thank you for sharing the pictures…
    *~* :o) because you shared your smile… :o) someones day got brighter.. :o) *~*

  15. LORI says:

    Dear Jorge,
    After reading this entry, I must say that your blog is the oasis for the weary wanderer!!! That sounded like a very lovely trip. Your writing is very poetic and it was as though I were there. And the photos are beautiful too.
    I feel like I need to plan a trip now.
    I hope you have adjusted to "real" life again? You are right, it is over-rated…WAY over-rated.

  16. Pamela says:

    Hello Jorge,
    Your photos are breath-taking! Thanks so much for sharing…
    Hope you are re-adjusting to society and all is well.

  17. Jungle Mama says:

    Mm . . . sounds delightful.  I had a friend who used to just up and take a jet to Hawaii several times a year from Oregon.  She\’d make it cheap by getting the sale tickets and camping instead of getting a hotel.  I always envied her.

  18. dawn says:

    Astounding!you must have had lots of fun 🙂 thank you for sharing.

  19. Betty says:

    Hi Jorge,
    Your photographs are wonderful and your prose makes one feel those tradewinds.  So happy that you were able to relax and enjoy a late fall vacation.

  20. KatSoup says:

    HI jorge.
    The trip sounds wonderful.  There is no better food on earth than a fresh pineapple. 

  21. Heidi says:

    I hope you can return someday….but oh to have gone at all….*sigh*  Sounds like….well…*smiles*….paradise…..

  22. Jane says:

    The scenery is divine!

  23. Marge says:

    As I write this, the possibility of snow draws near, Jorge…
    Visiting the islands vicariously through your breathtaking photos, I feel the warm sunshine, hear the songs of birds and ocean breezes, feel the surf and sand beneath my feet, and taste the extravagant sweetness of the islands\’ fruits.
    The thought of ice, cold winds, and a blanket of white on the ground melt into nothingness.
    I\’m going to remain there for a bit, I think.
    Thank you for this.

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