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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…).
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.
Our ride ended at the Jurassic Park gate (below right). From there, we hiked on foot 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).
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.
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
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.
“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…
And now, here’s what the newfangled honeymooners look like…
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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)
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