Days 4 and 5 in Kauai!

Peacock at Silverfalls ranchThe more I’m here, the more I love it!! I don’t want to go back home. Okay, maybe I miss my pets and friends, but that’s really it. I remember before I came how bummed I was that I was missing Fiesta. What the heck was I thinking?! Maui and Kauai are SO much more fun and relaxing (keyword). And guess what?! I went riding today at SilverFalls Ranch!

Day 4 was a really low key day. I’m finally getting used to the time difference and was able to sleep in past 8 o’clock! Before I blame my issue of no sleep on the time difference, I should mention the roosters that are walking alarm clocks. They could also be contributing to my sleeping problems! That’s a joke…You can laugh.

I went into town and grabbed a Kauai souviner for myself and then ended up grabbingSilverFalls Ranch some Mai Tais at this little restaurant and bar. Apparently, their Mai Tais come from a secret family recipe, so they’re delicious. After lunch, we snagged some more sun rays and hung out at the beach. I love how warm the water is! I fell asleep on the stand-up paddle board without the paddle, so I had a long ways to paddle back after I realized how far I drifted!

Fun fact: We saw Donavon Frankenreiter this day! Just thought I’d share…

Breaking coconutsDay 5 was GREAT! My sister and I went horseback riding at SilverFalls Ranch, which is owned by a German man who retired and sold his chain of hotels. After selling his hotels, he bought this enormous piece of land. Its gorgeous. Jennifer and I explored 300 acres worth of the land, some of which Jurassic Park was filmed on! The horse I rode was named Rusty and he, supposedly, is the most misbehaved horse. Him and I got along great though!

While I was at the ranch, I chased a Peacock (they’re everywhere) until he started chasing me. I got scared.

We also used a MACHETE (I know, so cool) to cut open a coconut! It was the coolest thing to watch. I felt like Aladdin.

After riding, we went down to the beach again! Later we decided to check out the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival in town. It was put on by the Surfrider Foundation and consisted of numerous Andy Irons tributes, as well as the Body Glove film Drop Zone. The film attracted a few special people, including Andy Irons’ mother and father, as well as Donavon Frankenreiter. I won’t lie…It was pretty amazing watching such amazing tributes to Andy Irons with his actual family being there. I also can’t promise you that I didn’t shed a few tears.

Hawaii Ocean Film Festival
The Fam Bam at the Hawaii Ocean Film Festival

Things I’ve learned/random thoughts:

  1. “Cat call” does not imply meowing. It involves whistling.
  2. Peacocks are mean. Think of it this way: you see a beautiful woman/man walking down the street. You walk up to them and say hi and find out they’re a jerk. That’s exactly how peacocks are.
  3. Don’t fall asleep on stand-up paddle boards. They’re perfect for tanning in the ocean, but its not worth it!
  4. Donavon desperately needs a hair cut.
  5. Machetes make you feel really powerful when holding them.
  6. All I have to do in order to own my own ranch is become German, own a chain of hotels, and then sell them.
  7. Eating shaved ice anytime after 5 o’clock p.m. will result in a sugar rush until very very very very late.

Tomorrow is my last full day in Hanalei Bay in Kauai. I’ll make the best of it!

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