|The horse seemed happy to see me as I approached the fence,with giving us his version of a smile.|
|As we drove away, the horse’s eyes stayed with us. He, too, enjoyed the short interaction.|
|Back at sea level, the sky cleared and the scenery was breathtaking.|
With a plan to turn right toward Barking Sands Beach (photos tomorrow) once we reached the main highway, Highway 50, we continued along the road, spotting the photos ops we’re showing here today.
|This creek wandered along the quiet road.|
When the above horse smile at us, animal lovers that we are, we couldn’t stop laughing. It only takes a minute of interaction with an animal to get my head spinning longing for more.
|Another road leads us to another area of the military installation, located on the ocean.|
|Military installations were positioned at the end of several roads we explored, preventing us from going further.|
After seeing this horse, I began looking at the chickens and roosters along the highway with a renewed interest. OK, I’ll admit it. I’ve loved the chickens since the day we arrived in Kauai. I continue to look at everyone we pass.
|Shortly after we were back on Highway 50, we stopped at the Kawaiele Waterbird Sanctuary, only spotting a few birds as we wandered the grounds.|
Not unlike my fascination with warthogs in Marloth Park, I have a special affinity for the chickens since discovering that they are much smarter than previously assumed.
|Here’s the ‘Alae ke’oke’o as shown in the poster below, one of only a few birds we were able to see at the Kawaiele Waterbird Sanctuary.
Lately, I’ve been making a clucking sound at the roosters and surprisingly they approach me with fascination, thinking I’m “one large hen” they need to pursue. One almost climbed into the car with me as shown in this photo below. It all provides us with fodder for laughter.
|This rooster wanted to jump into the car with me after I’d made clucking sounds.|
Once we reached the highway after the interaction with the horse we headed along the western side of the island. With a map in hand we were able to locate appealing attractions along the highway stopping many times to investigate and take photos, enjoying every step of the way.
|This dirt road would have taken us to the very end of the road as shown on the map on the western portion of Kauai. Unfortunately, the little car would have been damaged on the rough road forcing us to turn around.|
Tomorrow, we’ll share our tour of the Kauai Coffee Company where we had an opportunity to see how coffee was roasted, taste a variety of their blends, and wander a path through the coffee estate, a former sugar cane plantation. We had no idea how much fun we’d have visiting a coffee farm!
See you later with lots more!
Photo from one year ago today, February 21, 2014:
|A year ago on my birthday, Nomsa and Zeff stopped by to sing Happy birthday in Afrikaans to me and exchange warm hugs while we were living in the African Reunion house. Having cared for our needs for three months it would be difficult to say goodbye a week later. Notice the sign behind Zeff’s head, “Take risks. If you win you will be happy. If you lose you will be wise.” Then and now we find significance in those words as we continue in our travels. For details from that date, please click here.|