Tsunamis, Feathered Friends and All-terrain Vehicles

What I did on spring break.

By Susan Logan

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Four days before leaving for my trip to Kauai, a tsunami that was produced from the 8.8-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chile was heading across the Pacific Ocean. I was praying. After producing three semesters of Cat College curriculum, I needed the mental break and I’d been looking forward to going to this garden paradise for two years.

Thankfully, the tsunami hadn’t wreaked the havoc on the Pacific islands that it could have, yet several of the locals said that the wind, rain and choppy seas hadn’t died down ever since. Nevertheless, we were still able to go on this trip and enjoy the beauty and adventure this isle offers.

Three days of sightseeing took us to the sunny beaches of the south, across the stunning northern coast, and to breathtaking Waimea Canyon, also known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” on the west island.

We only saw about three camera shy cats during the entire trip, but we saw (and heard) roosters everywhere! As precision time keepers, they didn’t hesitate to remind us of when it was dawn and when it was dusk. The island showed us many interesting looking birds. In fact, if I had worked on a bird magazine, I could have written this trip off.

We spent two days relaxing at the resort, followed by a day filled with adventure, involving snorkeling, a catamaran ride, and an all-terrain vehicle excursion on a former sugar plantation owned by the father of a man we met at a church.

I had never even seen an ATV before, much less driven one. The course was gorgeous, but definitely not for beginning drivers like me. I managed to get the hang of it until I inadvertently steered it into deeper water than the machine could handle. When the front of the vehicle became submerged, I knew it was time for me to swim to safety, embarrassed and apologizing profusely. Banned from driving, I spent the rest of the excursion on the back of a flatbed vehicle snapping pictures of my friends, who are much more competent drivers than I am.

If getting my mind off work was what I needed, this trip certainly did that and so much more. When the stress and deadlines of my job face me now, I just close my eyes and smile, knowing I’ve experienced such a beautiful place. 

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Pamela    Mpls, MN

3/25/2010 8:23:03 AM

Hi, Susan--We've never met, but George sent me your blog of your adventures, along with your beautiful fotos. I think your curly blonde hair looked fabulous! Thanks for sharing your fun adventures with your 3 Musketeers! Hope to meet you sometime! Warmly, Pamela Scaia in Minnesota

Brad    monmouth Jct., NJ

3/25/2010 6:19:29 AM

You Should Have Taken a Few Turkish Vans with you - they would have been great help in getting from the ocean back to land - Im glad you had a great you deserve it. take care Brad

Susan    Irvine, CA

3/22/2010 2:36:05 PM

Thank you, Cathy and Sue. I would have liked to have seen cats and was prepared to photograph them and write about them, but I really only saw a few, and no feral cat colonies. Now I'm back to writing about cats again.

Cathy    Hubbard, OH

3/22/2010 5:25:20 AM

So what if it has nothing to do with cats, the pics are beautiful and thank youf or sharing with us Susan. Glad you had a wonderful vacation and now you can fell rested and write to us some more about cats!!!

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