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North Coast Relaxation

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

Today was a day of complete relaxation. I did absolutely nothing but relax in the pool and Jacuzzi, eat, drink beer, and write software. It was a beautiful day as usual here in paradise. I spent a few hours absorbing the rays and hacking away on my latest projects while sipping on a Pacifico on the lanai. I was very productive and got a lot of project clean up done. For the other half of the day I absorbed more rays while doing laps in the pool and working out. I wish life could be like this all the time, :-).

Queens Bath

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

Today, I slept through what looks to be an amazing sun rise based on the photo the people I am staying with took. That, is ok though, I am glad that I got the extra bit of sleep. After getting up and eating an amazing high fiber cereal for breakfast I took a ¾ mile hike from the condo down to a place known as Queens Bath. Queens Bath, is supposedly a place where back in the day, the Queen used to come and bath due to the presence of an ocean fed pool.

I soon made it to the trail head and continued down a small muddy trail which follows a small creek that dumps into the ocean via a very cool looking water fall. After, making it all the way down the trail it opens up to plateau of lava rock. Following the lava rock to the left takes you to the well known Queens Bath which was very populated by the time I got there. Given that I am all about seclusion I continued hiking past the Queens Bath in hopes that I may find my own personal Kings Bath, :-).

After hiking a little ways past the Queens Bath, I saw in the distance another bath that was a bit smaller than Queens Bath. However, it was the perfect size for me and it was totally secluded from all the people enjoying Queens Bath. After, making it over to my “Kings Bath” I decided I had to get in. It is slightly tricky to get in to “Kings Bath” due to the abundance of sea urchins surrounding the edges of the bath. However, once you are in the bath it is an amazingly refreshing experience in crystal clear ocean water.

After enjoying my own private bath, I carefully climbed out of the bath making sure not to disturb the sea urchins and started my hike back to the trail. Once I made it back to the base of the trail I continued hiking to the right side of the trail which people have told me is usually surrounded by sea turtles. Despite the reports of the sea turtles I was not lucky enough to see any. It may have been due to the time that I was hiking at Queens Bath. Despite the fact that I did not see any sea turtles I did enjoy quite an amazing ocean view. After, taking in the view I hiked another ¾ of a mile back to the condo and took a relaxing dip in the pool. I plan to spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying the pool and Jacuzzi at the condo.

Northern Coast

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

Today was yet another relaxation day. However, instead of spending it on the east coast of Kauai like last time, I spent it at my normal condo on the north coast of Kauai. It rained all of last night and today with some very strong winds. Hence, I spent most of day inside relaxing, designing and writing software, watching movies and TV, playing card games, etc. I did however at one point during a small break in the weather catch a glimpse of the first rainbow I have ever seen exist on the water rather than in the sky. Beyond that, I did find out about the policy on the drinking at the pool and Jacuzzi. Basically, there is no rule that states one can’t drink at the pool. However, it is required that drinks be kept in plastic cups as to protect against excessive effort required to clean up broken glass in the Jacuzzi or pool. This rule totally makes sense and is beyond acceptable in my opinion. So, in short, I can continue drinking my beers at the pool or Jacuzzi. Thank God! I was really worried for a second there, hehe, :-). Overall today was very nice and quite relaxing.

Northern Coast

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

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Today was yet another relaxation day. However, instead of spending it on the east coast of Kauai like last time, I spent it at my normal condo on the north coast of Kauai. It rained all of last night and today with some very strong winds. Hence, I spent most of day inside relaxing, designing and writing software, watching movies and TV, playing card games, etc. I did however at one point during a small break in the weather catch a glimpse of the first rainbow I have ever seen exist on the water rather than in the sky. Beyond that, I did find out about the policy on the drinking at the pool and Jacuzzi. Basically, there is no rule that states one can’t drink at the pool. However, it is required that drinks be kept in plastic cups as to protect against excessive effort required to clean up broken glass in the Jacuzzi or pool. This rule totally makes sense and is beyond acceptable in my opinion. So, in short, I can continue drinking my beers at the pool or Jacuzzi. Thank God! I was really worried for a second there, hehe, :-). Overall today was very nice and quite relaxing.

Nounou Mountain and The Move

by Andrew De Ponte (@cyphactor)

Today on my vacation in Kauai I did two things. First I went on a hike up Nounou Mountain (a.k.a. The Sleeping Giant) and second I moved from a condo I was at on the east side of the island to the condo I normally stay at on the north side of the island. First thing I did was wake up, pack the car, and check out of my condo on the east side of the island. Then, I took a drive to the base of the Nounou Mountain and started a hike up the east side of Nouou Mountain. This trail has the greatest elevation change out of all the trails and is about 2 miles in each direction. The east trail is mainly composed of a number of switch backs which traverse the mountain. The moist jungle trail continues up to a vista point where a couple benches are setup under a shade and a decent view is available. The vista point is NOT the top of Nounou Mountain. There exists a trail that goes to the peak of Nounou Mountain which is approx. 1,000 ft above the beginning of the trail. This trail is a bit more difficult than the trail up to the benches, though not much. At the very top of Nounou Mountain there is a block marking the peak. A decent view is available once at the peak, however a much better view can be obtained if you take a small trail from the peak to the front of the east plateau. After, enjoying the view at the east plateau I followed the trail back a ways and peaked through the hole in the giants chin. It is on a small trail that goes to the left of the trail taken to get to the peak. After, deciding that the east plateau view was better I continued my way back down the trail for the second 2 miles completing a 4 mile hike.

After the amazing views from the Nounou Mountain hike I drove to the condo I normally stay at on the north end of Kauai. I love the north end of Kauai so much. It just seems like the more north you get the prettier and prettier it gets. Hence the condo I normally stay at overlooks the northern coast of Kauai. On the northern coast there aren’t as many beaches due to the abundance of cliffs. However, when you are in the mood to relax and take in something unbelievably beautiful this is the place to be. After getting settled in to the new condo I drank a beer while taking in the gorgeous ocean, and then went for a dip in the pool and Jacuzzi. While sitting in the Jacuzzi drinking my brew a security guard came up to me and told me there was no drinking allowed at the pool and that someone called and complained that I was drinking a beer at the pool. First of all, LAME!, I have been coming to this same condo for years now, all the time drinking beer, and I have never been told that before. In fact they even used to give you drinks for free, pool side. Second of all, who the hell is so bored and has such a pathetic depressing life that they have nothing better to do but sit in their condo looking at the pool and call security when someone is drinking a beer at the Jacuzzi and being totally quiet. However, they did recently get bought out so maybe the rules have changed. Anyways, I will verify the policy tomorrow and continue drinking my beers, :-D.

All in all, it was just another amazing day in “The Life of Drew”, on Kauai, :-).