September 27, 2021

A Quick Visual Trip to Kauai

Betty and I just returned from a ten-day visit to Kauai. We had a long-awaited opportunity to meet up with blogging friends, Laura and Brett, The Occasional Nomads. And, we finally had the chance to see the radio station in Lihue we became investors in over two years ago. 

The condo was no more than 100 feet from the ocean, with a picture-perfect view every day from the patio and living room. Unlike some rentals we have experienced, this one was exactly as pictured on the VRBO website. Air-conditioned and well maintained for an older complex made it a joy. Considering how bad Kauai traffic is, just as important was being within a short walk of several restaurants, stores, and a small grocery store.

As I work on the relaunch of Satisfying Retirement in a somewhat different direction, I thought I should share some of the thousand photos we snapped.

Enjoy!















With Laura & Brett, The Occasional Nomads

















At Star 94.3 

































The last night gave us the perfect ending to a fabulous trip




28 comments:

  1. Welcome back, Bob. I like the new look and future contents. It seems we are both moving from different places to the same focus on our individual blogs. RJsCorner is moving away from the political stuff to more of a personal journal, as is yours.

    We spent a good part of our honeymoon at Kauai Coco Palms in 1986. The resort was destroyed by a hurricane a few years later, but has since been rebuilt. At that time, it was the most remote or all the islands. Beautiful place.

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    1. Thanks, RJ. Your recent series on transitioning to a retirement community has been very useful to those of us contemplating such a move in the next few years.

      And, the very personal and painful series on the death of your beloved wife has been moving and heartfelt.

      Like you, we stayed at a place on Kauai in 1992. Three months later hurricane Iniki destroyed it.

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  2. Hi Bob, great beginning to a new era for your blog. Love the photos.

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    1. Thanks, Suzanne. We took enough photos to serve as a powerful reminder of Kauai's beauty until our next visit.

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  3. Lovely Pictures. Looks like a great trip. I was in Hawaii for 2 days in the early 60's. My dad was stationed in Misawa Japan and we were returning stateside via an oceanliner. ( USS Roosevelt) We stopped in Hawaii in Japan for two nights. I was YOUNG and remember very little. I do remember sailing into port and walking around downtown Honolulu.

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    1. Kauai is the wettest and greenest of the major islands. It is also the most rural, with a total population of 73,000. Oahu, where Honolulu is located, recently passed 1 million residents!

      I am glad you enjoyed the photos.

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  4. I love Kauai!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful reminder even though it makes me miss it.

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    1. Missing it may motivate you to plan another trip! It is a special place.

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  5. Beautiful pictures. You were brave to travel so far...so glad the pandemic has ended in your neck of the woods. We still feel paralyzed by it, sadly. Looking forward to your "new" blog.

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    1. We came close to not going. Hawaii has had a surge of new cases, requiring very specific steps to be allowed onto any of the islands.

      We felt quite safe on Kauai. Mask wearing was quite common, and because it is a very rural setting, social distancing was rarely a problem.

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  6. What a treat for this morning! Brings back so many happy memories of our trips to Kauai.It’s been years and I am sure the islands are way more developed, and busy these days. THe beaches and sky scapes can’t be beat! Glad to see you’re back to blogging too! Will be following…

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    1. Kauai is more built up than our last time here, but is still quite "empty." Over 90% of the island is not accessible by car, keeping it unspoiled.

      Thanks for the welcome back. The time away and the shift in focus should re-energize me!

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  7. So good to see your email this morning. And love the pics of you and Betty with Laura and Brett. Two of my favorite bloggers. And a beautiful redesign of your site. Looking forward to reading your thoughts and the great discussions in the comments again.

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    1. Laura and Brett were a delight to meet and spend time with. We enjoyed, meals, drinks, and time at their airy, beautiful home.

      I am still experimenting a bit with how the site looks, but thank you for the vote of confidence. The previous look had been unchanged for six or year years, so it was past time!

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  8. Oh Kauai! Beautiful. We love it so much we have no desire to see the other islands.

    Great to have you back on the blog. Wishing you peace and joy relishing your vacation as you make decisons about moving forward with the blog!

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    1. Kauai is the closest to what people think an Hawaiian island should look like. It is the western-most of the five major isands that can be visited, has steady trade winds, and has resisted the temptation to turn over the lush landscape to roads and people. All good things!

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  9. Kauai is so beautiful! I'm glad you decided to make the trip despite Covid upticks. I'm so happy that you are writing again and I'm looking forward to reading more!

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    1. Thanks, Janis. We were considering cancelling the trip as late as 14 days before. But, we decided to stop being so cautious or we would lose the experience (and not a small sum of money!). Both of us are fully vaccinated and were diligent about masks.

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  10. It's wonderful to see you back and to view all your stunning photos.

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  11. Thank you, Linda. If I published all the good ones Betty took, it would require a dozen posts!

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  12. Great pictures! I'm looking forward to the new blog.

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  13. So glad you’re back I decided to visit again this morning!! Again, the Kauai photos are a nice way to start the day.I can’t wait to hear about your painting progress, or any other hobbies and pursuits you and Betty are into lately! I’d love to know more about ham radio, which I know you’re part of. So many topics awaiting your attention!!

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    1. There are a lot of things that interest all of us that will make interesting topics.

      The next post should go live on Friday.

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  14. Bob,
    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. I have only been to Honolulu, but would love to visit Maui and Kauai. Glad to have you back and look forward to future blog posts. I have chosen to share my retirement journey for five years now. Not sure Easin' Along is for everybody, but I love having the outlet. The radio biz has always intrigued me, and I hope you will tell us something about Star 94.3 in a future post. Joe

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    1. Writing a little about the radio business might be fun. It has certainly changed since my days.

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  15. Glad you had a nice trip -- great photos! Also, glad to see you're back, and glad you're not focusing on politics or the so-called "culture wars" that we've heard too much about. Life is more interesting than the current news and opinion! Look forward to your continuing thoughts and observations.

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  16. Thank you, Tom. The time felt right to reengage.

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