|On the plane getting ready for take off on|
Lono's first ever plane ride!!! :)
|I could live here, in this treehouse, permanently...|
The numerous taro ponds, (lo'is), Fijian coconut trees, bread fruit trees, avocado trees, the waterfall pool, fresh spring water, tilapia tanks, food bearing gardens, Muscovy ducks, wild chickens, "Epo" the donkey, and the sheep, many of them still the same, and some I had privately named for their lack of names before, like the big head man "Ulysses", were all a giant reminder of where I want to be... farming... sustainably. Nothing had changed, yet everything had... A never ending cycle of growing food and property maintenance. Just the smell makes me want to get my nails filthy dirty, and then clean up just to cook a bomb, farm fresh dinner.
|Don with Pono, (my buddy and the farm's red nose pit),|
by the campfire eating some amazing grinds,
including taro mashed potatoes.
That week, we spent our time sipping coffee outside of cafe's in Kapa'a, stand up paddle boarding with Lono, (all three of us on one board), down a sweet river with changing currents that took you along miles of wildlife reserve one way and out into the ocean the other way. We did some sight-seeing up to the canyon and some surf inspecting along the beaches, Lono at our side smiling the whole time. Our diet consisted of everything from taro fries, farm fresh papayas, health food store wraps and tabouleh, authentic fish tacos, to the amazing and some what famous, Puka Dogs in Poipu, (which are truly worth the three trips we made just for them alone).
|The tree house... See the investigative Lono Mono? :)|
|Sun setting over Lanai on our flight back to Maui.|
Everything about Kauai feels like "home" to me. The laid back, country, farmland, food producing, hiking and water activity heaven-ness that it possesses is my real life Avatar. The rest of my two month journey was waiting for me, and with only two days to pack, leave, and spend time with Jun before I was on a jet plane to the mainland, we were on a magical sunset flight back to Maui with Lono Boy. Had the journey not just begun, we could have stayed forever...
|Hello sweet and curious sheepies.|
|A sweet and totally private beach we had a blast at...|
Covered in coco's and driftwood, heaven for both
us and for Lono boy.
|The bathing area... ;)|
|Nap time for the boys.|
|Working the taro fields... Well, Lono was more of an observer/ stick mulcher.|
|Waimea Canyon... The "Grand Canyon of the West".|
|Lono taking in the scenery at the Napali Coast.|
|Coco grindin'! My whole body is muddier than all get out.|
|Using pieces of coco shell to eat out the coco... resourceful! :)|
Up next... Cal-i-forn-i-a. San Francisco to be exact! :)
Love and Aloha,
P.S. Your comments make me HAPPY!
P.S.S. All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone. Gotta love technology "sometimes"!