No Cruise, National Tropical Botanical Garden

Trip Start Apr 12, 2014
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Trip End Apr 27, 2014


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Akialoa Cottage

Flag of United States  , Hawaii
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

When I looked at my phone last night before bed I had a message that the cruise was cancelled.  I found out this morning that it is the weather along the Napali Coast.  So I called the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Poipu.  The only time they had open was for the Allerton Garden at 1:00.  We decided to go earlier and left about 10:00.  We drove to the Spouting Horn Park so Erin could see it.  The waves were bigger than last week so it spouted more water higher.  There was also big surf all along the shore.  We spied two turtles in one of the inlets in the rocks.  We watched them for quite a while.  Then we drove back toward Koloa and found Bubba Burger where we had lunch.  The hamburgers and fries were good but not spectacular.  We walked through the shops there and then headed for the Botanical Gardens.

We had to check in at 12:30.  We checked in and got our wristbands.  We went to the Gift Shop where I found a wooden wall hanging of an oar with Aloha and a turtle on it for our sun room.  The clerk held it for me until after the tour.  Our bus driver was Dave and he has been on Kauai since Spring Break 1967.  He told us the history of the two Gardens  - Allerton and McBride.  We were to see Allerton which is the guided tour.  At McBride they just drop you off and let you roam around.  The bus took us along an old dirt road that had once been a railroad bed for a train to pick up sugar cane.  Now it leads into the preserve which is a privately non-profit.  They do research, save seeds, and save species that are endangered.  The views down into the Lawai Valley were stunning.  Allerton, who bought the land in the 30's, also bought a steamship and sailed all over the world finding species to put into the gardens.   Dave walked us all over and showed us about 1/10 of the Allerton Garden.  We saw all kinds of trees, bushes, flowers, statues and water features.  All of the water features are gravity fed from a 5000 gallon wooden barrel that has been there for over 70 years.  They don't return any of the water because Allerton didn't want the noise of any machinery in the gardens.  The most enchanting place we visited were the three ficus aka banyan aka strangler fig trees planted 62 years ago.  They are the trees where the dinosaur eggs were found in Jurassic Park.  The roots were as tall as a person.  We were dropped off at the Gift Shop where I purchased by wall hanging. 

On the way back we stopped at the Kauai Island Brewery in Port Allen.  When we parked we noticed that the Original Dirt Shirt Warehouse Outlet was next door, so we went in there first.  Derek got a couple of shirts.  Erin and I watched a video where they explained that the idea began after a hurricane ruined a bunch of white shirts in a warehouse.  They decided to dye them with the red dirt and it took off from there.  The factory was right near by.  Larry, Derek, and Erin tried several beers:  Captain Cook's IPA, South Pacific Brown, Cane Fire Red, Lilikoi Ale, Westside Wheat and Pakala Porter.  I had passion, orange, guave juice.

Our next stop was the Wranglers Steak House in Waimea.  The meals came with unlimited salad bar and soup.  Erin had Puhule Steak with mashed potatoes.  Larry, Derek and I had one of the specials:  marlin with teriyaki sauce with a side of rice or mashed potatoes.  It was the best meal we have had on Kauai.  We ate on the front porch and could partially see the sunset which wasn't as good as last night. 

When we got back to the cottage we watched two more episodes of Doc Martin, blogged and went to bed.


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