TRIP TO THE WETTEST SPOT ON EARTH, JURASSIC PARK, LAZY BEACH AFTERNOON

DAY 2, Part 1 – APR 24, 2015

FORMER SITE OF “JURASSIC PARK” LOOKING FORLORN NOW

We woke up on our second day in Kauai prepared to get thoroughly soaked during our first ever trip to the wettest spot on earth. Looking at the pictures of the Blue Hole (top header), it was no wonder Steven Spielberg picked this place for filming of his 1992 megahit movie “Jurassic Park.” Instead, we got bone dry “vog” (volcanic emissions) with occasional bursts of sunshine.

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Oh well… at least we got some better pictures this way.  Like the above shots at the entrance to Jurassic Park, looking rather forlorn today.  All that’s left of that imposing gate with flames shooting up are two concrete posts.

So to try to get that old feeling back, as Karen Carpenter and Barry Manilow sang 40 years ago, here a 2:47-minute video “trailer” I have just created combining the original Jurassic Park footage with my own film from within the Waialeale volcano.

Kauai Jurassic Park: Visit to Wettest Spot on Earth – inside Waialeale volcano crater – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – Apr 27, 2015

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OPAEKAA FALLS, FALLEN TREE BLOCKS THE ROAD

Dry weather notwithstanding, our trip to the wettest spot on Earth did not lack unexpected excitements.  A large tree fell right in front of us blocking the road before we even got to the Jurassic Park. And I also got both of my feet and shoes wet when I slipped into a creek inside the Waialealea volcano while trying to take a picture of this waterfall.

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But first, we stopped in Wailua for a quick look at the Opaekaa Falls.  And then, a few miles later, as we were entering the rain forest, we came upon a road block.  A natural kind… a fallen tree.

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We were not alone in this predicament. Two other cars had also stopped at the higher ground above the fallen tree.  Our driver Paul told us that we may have to cancel and reschedule the tour.  He then telephoned his boss to tell him the same.

But, as luck would have it, and we always magically seem to have good luck when we need it on our adventures, a County of Kauai truck showed up. Out of nowhere!

“Does he have a chainsaw?” I asked Paul.

“No, but he does have a steel line,” Paul replied. “So he’ll try to tow the tree away.”

Can you believe our luck? So instead of having to turn around and suffer the disappointment of a missed adventure, we took part in the excitement of the fallen tree being hauled away.

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Wondering that that caption re. Martha Stewart pointing is about?  That’s a standing joke between Elizabeth and me.

Some years ago, I read a story about Martha Steward being interviewed on camera in her garden that she took pride in.

“So did you plant all these beautiful flowers?” the reporter asked.

“Well, I pointed,” Martha replied.

And so did Elizabeth, appearing to direct the two men about how to secure the line around the fallen tree. 🙂

RIDE THROUGH JURASSIC PARK

From there on, the ride to and through the former Jurassic Park was uneventful. Except, of course, for a very bumpy ride and the crossing of several running creeks.

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Right off the bat, we found ourselves in a beautiful Eucalyptus forest.  It reminded us of the magnificent Boranup Karri forest in Western Australia (see Feb 19, Part 3 – CAPE-TO-CAPE, PART 3: BORANUP KARRI FOREST…).

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Along the way, we also stopped for occasional curiosities, such as that stealth gecko and the Hau leaf in the shape of the island of Kauai.

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Our ride ended at the Jurassic Park gate (below right). From there, 479106190_309bd49975we hiked on DSCF4828foot for another mile or two in the direction of the Blue Hole and the Weeping Falls inside the Waialeale volcano, the wettest spot on Earth (left).

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Eliz Jurassic Park    Kauai map  Bob Jurassic Park

BLUE HOLE

Reaching the Blue Hole from the trailhead where we stopped takes a herculean effort by strong and experienced hikers. You can read about it in this Hawaiian travelogue by alohafrom808.com.

When you get there, however, the views are spectacular. Here’s a top and bottom view of and from the Blue Hole that I put together using photos from various websites.

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Here’s also another Blue Hole on Na Pali coast…

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DAY 2, Part 2 – APR 24, 2015

LAZY AFTERNOON AT THE BEACH

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After our adventures at the wettest spot on Earth – the Waialeale volcano crater – we decided to take it easy and just relax on the beach at our hotel. We don’t often do that when we travel. So it was a nice treat – to just do nothing for a couple of hours.

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Just as we got to the beach, we noticed the Pride of America cruise ship sailing in the distance. IMG_3751

“It’s heading back to Honolulu,” I said.

By now, we seem to know its schedule even though we have never taken a cruise and never will, if I can help it.

We have seen this giant ship board its “cruisers” in Honolulu on Saturday afternoon. We see it docked in Maui every Sunday and Monday, and sailing past the Rainbow Shower to the Big Island on Monday night. We have seen it in Hilo on Tuesday and in Kona on Wednesday. Guess Kauai must be the Thursday and Friday on its itinerary. So now that it was Friday afternoon, the ship was heading back to Honolulu to complete the circuit and disgorge its passengers. Just to start the whole thing all over again the next day – Saturday.

Honeymooners Then and Now

Hawaii has always been a magnet for honeymooners. They used to look like this…

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And now, here’s what the newfangled honeymooners look like…

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Yuck!

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Also see OUR KAUAI ADVENTURES 2013 (KAYAKING ON HANALEI RIVER, BAY… SNORKELING ON HIDDEN BEACH… HULA IN KAPAA… RUSSIAN FORT SUNSET – ALL IN ONE LONG DAY)

Aug 21, 2012 HAIKU, Maui, Aug 20 – Our second full day inKauai was designated as a Mauka Day – a day in the mountains. We planned to pursue various …
Updated April 26, 2011. Easter Adventure on Kauai, Niihau. From ocean’s depths to mountain highs… and everything in between …
Dec 24, 2009 HAIKU, Maui, Dec 23 – Kauai is the oldest major Hawaiian island. It is known as the Garden Isle because it is so lush and green. Kauai is also …
yinyangbob.com/HI2009/Dec09/Kauai09_1.html

Author: ALTZAR

Bob Altzar Djurdjevic is a writer, musician, video maker, thrice-ordained Inca-shaman, geopolitical commentator, business analyst, playwright-producer... He is also founder of non-profit organizations Stewards of the Earth (https://www.facebook.com/groups/gaiastewards) and Truth in Media (https://www.facebook.com/groups/truthinmedia.org/) ALTZAR shares his time between Maui, Hawaii and Scottsdale, Arizona. You can follow his blog at http://djurdjevic.wordpress.com/ and his travelogues at https://yinyangbob.wordpress.com/). Bob had also worked as a business consultant and advisor to top executives of large multinational computer companies for 36 years (1978-2014). He had spent 8 years working for IBM prior to starting his own business in 1978.

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