When I did my "skeleton plan" for our visit, I kept our last day on each segment of the trip open in case of a total rainout or illness or overwhelming laziness. We had stayed on "schedule" through the week dancing through raindrops and had managed to get the perfect mix of on-the-go and total relaxation.
Today would be our reward day, a chance to sit and savor every memory, a day for lounging on the beach, swimming in the ocean and pool and doing nothing more than gazing at the horizon absorbing the beauty to the left and to the right from our lounge chairs.
In the past week, we viewed the magnificent falls of Kauai from land and sea. I sipped coffee straight from the vine at the coffee plantation. Spouting Horn sang to us and delighted us with its show. My husband swung from a hanging bridge like Jack Sparrow. The majestic Na Pali coast delighted us with its majesty and colors while sailing the coast. The Smith family treated us to our first luau and a ride up the Wailua River. We traveled the road as far North as you could go, taking in the sights along the way. We journeyed South, enjoying the fine weather and beautiful beaches. I climbed through the red dirt for the perfect view of the Waimea Canyon below. Kauai had opened her arms to us and embraced us. There will always be a special place in my heart for her, a flood of memories to be enjoyed.
As hard as we tried to slow it down, our last day quietly slipped through our fingers and we tearfully said goodbye to the ocean and the beach. We walked the grounds of our Kauai home one last time.
Packing up and cleaning up are never fun but it hurts even more when you a leaving a good friend behind. Tonight, I thought back to the week that just passed -- Yep, it was love at first sight and my love affair with Kauai intensified with each passing day! I closed my eyes, imagined myself on the beach, the wind was blowing through my hair, the sweet smell of the ocean mixed with the scent of flowers in bloom, the sun kissed my cheeks and I was in the paradise of my dreams -- an island that stole my heart away named Kauai.