So it was over a year ago that hubs and I went on a 12 day trip to Hawaii. Oh, yes, it was amazing. We stayed in Maui, Kauai, and met up with some friends for a conference in Oahu.
Maui was beautiful and fun and reminded me a little of the artsy beach towns of Southern California, only humid and with hardly any traffic.
Oahu (Honolulu) was so industrial that it just felt like a big city. (In fact, the office-organized Luau we went to was around the corner from a scrap metal yard. Ambience, I tell you.)
But Kauai was different from the minute we got to the car rental place.
First of all, there were wild chickens. Everywhere.
There was a hen chasing her chicks across the entry to the Hertz rental place and they almost went inside when the automatic doors opened. No one seemed to notice or care. There is reason for the chickens, of course, but the very presence of them was just funny. As was the fact that Hertz tried to give us a Lincoln Continental. In Kauai. Which is the island on which they filmed a lot of Jurassic Park. Think waterfalls and cliffs and narrow curvy mountain roads. Yes, it screams Give me a Continental.
Once we got the vehicle situation fixed, we shooed some chickens out of the way and got into a Montero that had just been turned in. They hadn't even had time to clean it out yet. Fine by us. Sunroof, check. Windows, down.
We took off in search of our hotel.
But not before we realized that the previous renters had left us the coolest gift. Over the speakers, Amos Lee began singing in his happy-go-lucky-mellow-beach-guy sound. Someone had left a copy of his CD and it became the sountrack for the rest of our trip. It was perfect.
To this day, I can't hear Amos without thinking about the drive along the Kauai coast, warm breeze flowing, the yummy Hawaiian smell of flowers and pineapple in the air.
So when I heard him just now on my Pandora station (on a Madeleine Peyroux station? Who knew he'd pop up there?), I was instantly transported.
Thanks, Amos. (And thanks, random traveller. It was such a happy surprise.)
And if you need more Hawaii photos, you can see the lot here.