DAY 3 – APR 25, 2015
BELATED SILVER SUNSET ACCENTS MAGICAL SAILING EXPERIENCE ON NA PALI COAST
What happened on our would-be sunset sailing trip up and down Na Pali coast was pure magic.
In the middle of stormy skies, like that photo above left taken at the start of our trip, the Spirit opened a blue hole right above us to let the sunshine in. It lasted only a few minutes. But that was enough for some spectacular pictures , like these…
… and a feeling of total bliss.
Why total bliss?
Because it was a miracle. Seeing that Blue Hole open up was the answer to my shamanic prayers earlier that morning, our third day on Kauai. It was a gloomy and rainy day from beginning to end. Except for those few sunny moments at the end of our northward sailing up the majestic Na Pali coast.
But first things first…
PREAMBLE TO SAILING TRIP
The morning was as gloomy as that first photo of our sailing trip. By the time we were getting ready to leave for Port Allen, occasional drizzles had morphed into steady rain.
I told Elizabeth not to get her hopes up of us actually seeing the sunset. The radar maps of Kauai showed the showers all over the island. And I could see a band of strong showers heading from southwest to the northeast – straight for Na Pali coast where we were planning to sail.
By the time we made it to Port Allen and checked in, the rain had actually stopped. But thick cloud cover obscured the sun and thus any hopes of sunset.
“Will be get a discount if there is no sunset on this ‘sunset sail?'” – I asked the check-in agent, half jokingly.
“I am afraid not,” he replied. “There is always a sunset, even if you are not able to see it.”
I laughed. Thought that was a pretty clever answer.
The captain of the Blue Dolphin, a large catamaran, reinforced my cautionary comments to Elizabeth. The first thing he said in his introductory remarks was that the weather forecast was calling for heavy rain all day.
He added that he expected heavy weather, meaning a bumpy sailing, especially early on during the cruise. So he asked everyone to hang on to something with both hands, and never let go of the railings with at least one hand while taking pictures.
Soon, these warnings were proven very valuable. You may not realize it when you look at these pictures, but every time I took one, I was actually hanging onto something with my hand for dear life.
And that’s it. No sooner did the captain announce that he was turning the boat around for a return trip, the sun vanished. We were back to gray and gloomy skies. And VERY bumpy surf.
Unlike the winter surf, which tends to have much bigger but also longer waves, these swells had no pattern. Sailing against them was like driving a 2WD vehicle down a dry riverbed with over lots of large boulders. We all hung on for dear life again.
Still, I managed to take some pictures of the would-be sunset, even if merely a silvery kind.
Finally, just before entering the harbor again, the sun peeked at us again.
And that was that. No golden sunset. Still, we were happy about the magical moments we got to experience on Na Pali coast.
Besides, we get plenty of golden sunsets right at home on Maui. Like these…
Overall, it was a great trip to Kauai. We also brought back some tangible memories.
Like these rocks with crystal in them which I picked up at Waialeale, the wettest spot on Earth. And the T-shirt with a picture and the name of Hawaii’s state fish.
Can you pronounce it?
If so, maybe you can also become a Hawaii resident… 🙂
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Also see OUR KAUAI ADVENTURES 2013 (KAYAKING ON HANALEI RIVER, BAY… SNORKELING ON HIDDEN BEACH… HULA IN KAPAA… RUSSIAN FORT SUNSET – ALL IN ONE LONG DAY)
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