In search of Turtle Cave

Another 5:30 AM adventure, this time hiking along the shelf of lava rocks.  It was the last chance for my cousins to encounter a sea turtle, and on the boat trip, the captain had pointed out “turtle cave” and told us how to get there.

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We did not know where we were going.  Our guardian angels in the form of two snorkelers assured us that we were on the right path, and they had seen a turtle in the cave just the day before!

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However, the tide was high enough that it required a swim.  They all had the foresight to wear swimming suits, while Betsy and I must’ve been too tired to think at 5 AM.  So we stayed back with the big cameras and sent the boys off with the waterproof one.  Did we sit around and take pictures of each other?  Maaaaybe…

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Success!!  They saw the turtle lying on the sand, just before it got up and swam away.

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Faint rainbow

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Golfing by the airport after dropping off a third of our group to fly home.

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In the meantime, we went Kamalani Playground at Lydgate Park, “conceived by the children & built by the people of Kauai”

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Absolutely gorgeous playground, covered with these mosaic designs and wood carvings.  turtle, turtle, turtle!!

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Lydgate Beach Park; two coves encircled by huge boulders to let in the fish for snorkelers but to keep out the big waves.

The day’s only half over, with more turtles to come…  have you lost track?  We’re on Kauai, Day 4  🙂

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