On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas. Someone tried to go surfing. Paramedics took him away in an ambulance. Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.
These were photographed on the Mahaulepu Trail, at various beaches or in the hills behind Kapaa. I did eat every bite of the delicious Ronald Burger at Joe’s on the Green in Poipu.
This was a food truck festival complete with a band, and I did eat some wonderful Korean Mexican fusion tacos for lunch there. The gate crew was nice enough to let me in as media without having to pay for a ticket. It was hot and steamy. As I pulled out of the parking lot, it started raining. They will be open today.
At the shore of the tony Southland town of La Jolla is a seal rookery. It is inhabited by barking seals, seabirds and a few squirrels. The place stinks to high heaven with the pungent aroma of rotten fish. This makes the rookery controversial with local residents. At night I could smell it while walking past the outdoor dining area of a few restuarants.
One of my favorite pastimes is asking people on the street if I can take their picture. Most say yes.
These are the images of summer which is nearly at its end. People are passionate about these activities, or at a minimum they were looking for a bit of relaxation at the beach. I don’t know how anyone could stand that cold water without a wetsuit. Most of the photos are from Ocean Beach in San Diego with a few from “La Joya” up the coast.
Before I went on this Baltic cruise I was afraid it would be a bust photographically and I would gain a pound per day. I had visions of being herded around in large groups through places so crowded that meaningful photography would be impossible. I did gain weight, but not so much, and I have since worked it off. Sometimes my vision of impossible crowds came true, but not that often. I had completely failed to anticipate just how breathtaking views from the upper decks of the ship would be. Several posts back I published a series of landscapes from the Oslo Fjord where one of the above photographs was made.
I also want to thank everyone for the wonderful comments they made to my last post. Several said they come here because of the travel content. I find that interesting as this is not a travel blog in the usual sense.