by Lesley Kim
by Lesley Kim
What I love about traveling is the experience of something new and unique. In my trip to Kauai, we visited Waimea Canyon, which has been called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific.
The beauty of seeing nature at its finest is absolutely amazing. Today, I wanted to share a glimpse of my past trip to Hawaii. Just a little bit about Waimea Canyon. It is 10 miles long and 30,000 feet deep, located in the west side of Kauai. Waimea canyon is also near one of the rainiest places on Earth.
During our visit to this beautiful canyon, there was a slight mist in the air, and it almost feel as if you are suspended on a cloud. Reds, blues, and violets can be seen in the ridges of the canyon. Kauai is actually the oldest of the Hawaiian islands. And like all the Hawaiian islands, Kauai is a top of a volcano. Lava flowed into the ocean, creating the land that became Kauai. Waimea was created when the volcano collapsed as well as from rainwater from the Kauai’s main mountain.
by Lesley Kim
The beaches of Kauai is absolutely stunning. For those who want to experience Hawaii and all its natural glory, I highly recommend the smaller island of Kauai. Kauai is the oldest of the Hawaiian islands and the 4th largest island. On our stay to Kauai, we went to numerous beaches, from Poipu Beach in the southern coast to Ke’e Beach up north.
Poipu Beach, located within walking distance to our resort, was a beautiful beach with plenty of shallow parts for young kiddos. Palm trees dotted the grassy areas, providing shade for those who want to read a book. There are also plenty of white sand, perfect for tanning under the sun. Poipu Beach was my favorite of the beaches of Kauai. It was fairly easy to get to and absolutely stunning.
The Salt Pond Beach of Kauai was fairly similar to Poipu Beach, great for families and tourists. There is a natural ridge in the ocean that creates a shallow pool by the white sand. The Salt Pond beach was an amazing place for laying out and just relaxing under the sun. Plenty of shaded park benches and picnic areas provide a refuge from the hot sun. We really enjoyed Salt Pond Beach.
Ke’e Beach is another one of the more popular beaches of Kauai. Located in the northern coast, the Ke’e Beach is literally located at the end of the road. It is the last beach in the northern coast of Kauai that you can reach by car. The Ke’e Beach was pretty crowded, and parking was difficult to find. During our trip, the Ke’e Beach was extremely windy, the waves high and threatening. We did not stay long. Kauai Brochures does state that Ke’e Beach has calm conditions during the summer =)
The beaches of Kauai are absolutely breathtaking. They will take you away for a moment, almost suspending time.
by Lesley Kim
A friend and I wanted to have some drinks at Downtown Disney and we found this delightful place, Uva Bar, right smack in the middle of Downtown Disney. An outside bar, the Uva Bar is a perfect place to have some drinks and a light lunch while enjoying the beautiful weather of Anaheim, Ca. For those who are not familiar with SoCal, Anaheim is about 25 miles south of Los Angeles. Not too far in distance, but with major traffic, Anaheim can become a couple of hours away.
Downtown Disney is an outdoor promenade, filled with shops and restaurants, right next to Disneyland and Adventureland. Similar to the City Walk of Universal Studios, Downtown Disney is exciting and fun. There is no admission fee for this fun filled promenade and the Disney resorts are easily accessible.
Places to see in Downtown Disney include Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, Disney Quest, the House of Blues, Planet Hollywood, the Lego Imagination Center, World of Disney, AMC Downtown Disney 24 with Dine-In Theatres, and Rainforest Cafe.
My friend and I enjoyed our lunch of chicken gyros and garlic fries at Uva Bar, and then walked around the promenade. It was delightful to see all the Disney themed shops while we munch on chocolate covered strawberries.
by Lesley Kim
For one weekend, we met some friends at Legoland, Carlsbad, Ca., ” a 128-acre park geared specifically towards youngsters ages 2 – 12. With over 60 family rides, “hands-on” attractions and shows, LEGOLAND California provides education, adventure and fun in this first park of its kind in the United States,” (california.legoland.com)
This is my first time going to Legoland, and coming from sunny Los Angeles, I did not expect the weather to be significantly colder, especially since Carlsbad is located south of LA.
For the night, we opted to stay at Legoland Hotel for convenience. The room was cute, with a king sized bed in the main room and bunk beds tucked in a quaint little room. The decor is not exactly to my taste, but I think this is the norm for hotels in most amusement parks. (We had stayed at a hotel inside Downtown Disney with similar decor.)
Legoland was definitely a fun experience, even better when shared with friends.
photo from pelicanhill.com
“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine
|Entrance to the 2 bedroom villa (2,193 sq feet), the private garage to the left.|
|Private view terrace|
|View from the terrace|
|Lounging in Pelican Hill’s ultra soft robe.|