Snorkeling at Poipu

Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
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Trip End Mar 16, 2008


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Monday, March 10, 2008

Today we headed for the south beach area where we had a better chance for good weather and calmer waters. We stopped at Mark's Place to get something for lunch. Boy, is this a great place to get local food! It's really good, there's a great selection, and it's cheap. I got a sushi salad, looked a lot like chirashi which is a Japanese sushi dish that is not rolled but sprinkled with nori instead. Dave got a combo plate of something that looked like chow mein, some adobo pork, and macaroni salad, a very typical Hawaiian comb plate. It was all really good.
The sun came out right about when we got to Poipu beach. We immediately went snorkeling. The beach was pretty crowded and a lot of people snorkeling. There w as a monk seal hanging out on the beach and when he got too hot he would wiggle down to the water and dip himself in to cool off and then crawl back up onto the beach and sleep some more.
Snorkeling is pretty good here even though it's crowded and you have t o watch out for other snorkelers. Lots of different fish to see. The weather was really nice, sunny and hot. The water was calmer than anywhere else we had been, though still not as calm as we would have liked. We snorkeled for a while, then I got out to make down all the different fish I had seen. Then, I went back in for a while. I came out to add the rest of the fish I had seen while Dave stayed out for a while. I could soon tell that I was getting burned. Dave came out and we decided to eat lunch and then head out since I thought I had gotten enough sun. I ended up burned on one side pretty ripe red. It is going to hurt for a couple days at least. It's one of the worst burns I've received. Just on one side of my body though.
We stopped at the old town of Hanapepe and I looked around while Dave sat in the car. His feet were still hurting from blisters and he didn't want to walk around. There was one artist that did oils of her garden and I really liked her work. She did close-ups of plants that played with color, light and shadow. I decided these would make great paper collages. I'm going to try to take some pictures of plants that I can use to create a similar look, but in 3D.
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