The one great thing about staying on an island and having a car is that you can get anywhere to explore pretty easily and fairly quickly. I don’t know if I mentioned this previously but we stayed on the Eastern Shore of Kauai in Kapa’a, probably 10 minutes away from the airport in Lihue. If you go to Kauai, I would recommend staying there because it’s close to grocery stores and is sort of centrally located in between the everywhere else you can go on the island. It took about an hour to go north all the way to the end of the road and an hour or so to go fairly far to the Western Shore.
One of the drives we did was up to Waimea Canyon. It took about an hour from our hotel and we left early to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and golden morning light. The round trip mileage for going all the way up and back was about 40 miles so it takes a couple of hours, but again it is all incredibly scenic and wondrous.
Red-red-red-RED dirt—now where have I seen something like that before?
The nicest thing about the drive was that we got a chance to explore the Southern/Western part of the island when we had spent the first three days more up North/East. That and we discovered the best place to get shaved ice on Kauai: Jo Jo’s on the West Shore. Nothing beats that finely shaved treat. My favorite was the Colada Paradise: pineapple/coconut flavoring, coconut cream topping, all over a huge scoop of macadamia nut ice cream. YUM. Caden’s was a combo called Lilo & Stitch: red and blue raspberry flavorings mixed together.