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Trip Report The Latest Songdoc Kauai Trip Report

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I'm dictating this into my cell phone as I walk along the path beside the Princeville golf course. Those mountains are soooo beautiful. It's a cloudy 71°, and this morning we had the first rain since I've been on the north shore during the past twelve days. Actually, it has rained at night, but that doesn't count, and it was raining in Lihue the night I arrived. Other than that, I've had mostly good weather so far.

There is much to tell, but I'll start with yesterday, which was one of my happiest Kauai days I can ever remember. Thanks to a posting on this forum, I “rented” a dog at the Humane Society. It was a long drive from Princeville to past Lihue—more than an hour—and I had my doubts until I laid eyes on my doggie for the day.

Choosing only one should be classified as a new form of torture. But I chose Sutter--the sweetest, gentlest, most loving animal I have ever encountered—of course, with the exception of DP ;-). It was love at first lick.

Sutter was outfitted in an adorable vest with the words, “Adopt me,” imprinted on it. For those fashionistas who are curious, I wore a comfy old T-shirt and shorts. Ha ha.

We headed for Maha’ulepu Beach, and It was a wee bit difficult to drive with paws on my shoulder, and the sweetest face pressed up against me. By the way, the Humane Society provided a blanket to cover the seats, as well as some treats, a chew toy, and a baggie for clean-up (for the dog — not the person!).

Sadly, the road to Maha’ulepu is in much worse condition than even the previous time I drove there – and it was pretty bad back then. The potholes make it like an obstacle course. I literally inched along, at times, so concerned for my rental car that I almost turned back. It’s heartbreaking that one of Hawaii’s true treasures has become almost inaccessible in a standard rental car. But it’s a private road, so I guess no one can force the owner to repair it. Sutter and I were both quite relieved to arrive safely.

Maha’ulepu Beach never stops astounding me with its unearthly beauty. I think the walk along those cliffs, ending at that spectacular, turquoise bay is one of the most beautiful places on the island – if not in the entire world. For those who are willing to brave the ruts, potholes, and bumps, I think it’s a “must-see.”

As we walked along the cliffs, there were quite a few whales spouting not too far away. The water was calm and lots of people were swimming. We had a glorious walk, but Sutter wasn't too sure about going in the water. He did get his paws wet in some tide pools, but wasn't interested in a swim.

I had been dealing with a tremendous amount of stress, and you will soon understand the reason. But when that sweet, precious dog nuzzled against me, every last drop of stress melted away. Now, I totally understand the concept of an emotional support animal. I think I need at least a dozen of them.

The day ended much too soon, but Sutter and I soon had some wonderful news to celebrate. Back at the shelter, we learned that a family who had taken him out for the day a few days earlier, had decided to give him a forever home, and were flying him back with them to Washington.

I don't know when I've ever felt so peaceful and centered, between that sweet dog, and the truly mystical views at that stunning beach.

I had assumed I would stop for saimin at Hamura’s on my way back, but suddenly had a yen for the Asian food at Waipouli Family restaurant. It's a little hole in the wall beside Foodland near Kapa’a. But I love their beef with broccoli. It's one of the only times I eat beef. My $12 dinner did not disappoint. And in case you’re wondering … I had already done the obligatory stops at Hamura’s and Kountry Kitchen by my second day!

to be continued …

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