Monday, June 27, 2011

Nick at Deep Peninsula dog show

Mom, why am I on the ground surrounded by strange dogs?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Napping in the pack

You'd think this would be uncomfortable but he's pretty happy

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Push toy success

Nick is slowly starting to figure out the push toy. Straight line pushing is a success, turns not so much.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Maha'ulepu Trail

Went for a hike on the "easiest trail on Kauai". True, it's pretty flat. But it's not clear when it was maintained last: the trail is quite overgrown and faint in places. Very fun hike though, even if we got rained on several times. One was while Nick was trying to take a nap, he was not very amused being woken up by a torrential downpour of cold water. There was much yelling for a bit.


Very scenic.

Even more scenic.

OMG so scenic!

Amazingly scenic

Somewhere in there there is a trail

Oh, hi trail!

Part of the trail goes next to the golf course.
Nick found a ball!


Kostadis is not very amused by the rain

Crawling in the sand at the beach at the end of the hike.

Here's what hiking through the overgrown parts looked like:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Nick got a new swimming implement. He says it's very acceptable.
Scenic Nick in scenic Hanalei Bay

Baby kickboard

Playing in the surf.

Natasha proposing a new sport: baby triathlon. Swim with baby in a floatie, bike with baby in trailer, run with baby in jogger. Winner judged based on total time, as well as proportion of time the baby is not screaming. Nick volunteers to be a personal trainer.

Warm towel, please! And lunch! Swimming makes
baby hungry!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Kalalau Trail

Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast is the most famous trail in Kauai. The whole thing is 11 miles long, and very strenuous. When we were here in 2002, we did hiked four miles of it to a gorgeous waterfall. This time around, we hiked out about a mile and then turned around to make sure we don't, you know, kill the baby and stuff.

As is the norm with all Kauai trails, this one is rocky, muddy, slippery and wet. Just like Nick likes it.

Na Pali Nick

Umbrella is an essential piece of hiking gear around here.
Even with one, we still got kind of moist.


Na Pali Coast. The trail continues for 11 miles. We didn't go that far.

View back to Ke'e beach. We swam there after the hike.

Holy roots, Batman!

This is, in fact, a trail not a rockfall. Nick is sleeping.
Mom is scrambling.

After a refreshing nap, Nick decides to examine some rocks.

Group shot.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Extreme parenting?

Nounou Mountain hike. Kinda steep.

Rest stop.

It's also raining a little bit. But the temperature is 80 degrees, so the
rain is nice. This hike is supposed to be a lot worse in the sun.

Wailua Valley. Scenic.

Extreme parenting. Kostadis is scrambling up some rocks (which are
muddy, wet, and slippery) while Nick is... napping. 


We didn't make it all the way up because at some point the trail got
too steep and dangerous to hike with the kid, so we drove to this
waterfall instead. Scenic.

Hawaiian village replica.

Wailua River.

Touring the village.

Hi birdie. This was a second before it tore the whole bad of seed out
of my hand and ran away with it.

Wild rooster. They are everywhere and they are loud. Yesterday
they woke up Nick at 6 am. Thanks, birdie!

Next to the Wailua River.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Hanalei Farmers Market and more swimmies

Hanalei Farmers Market

Fresh coconut juice.


Source of fresh coconut juice


Splashies at the Anini beach

More splashies

Swimmies. Nick finds this very acceptable

Walking in the surf is challenging

Playing in the sand. Very acceptable

Over the river and through the woods

Went for a drive and a few hikes yesterday.
First stop: Russian Fort Elizabeth. It said "historic" so we had to satisfy Kostadis and get out and walk there.

Baby in a pack.

He's either yawning or yelling. Not clear.

Nick is used to sitting in the backpack while I take pictures.

Next up, Waimea Canyon overlook.
Group shot. Not sure why Nick is sticking his tongue out at the
nice helpful person who took our picture.

The weather is somewhat questionable. 

Holding the baby very. tightly.

Finally, a short hike to the canyon. Both cameras have died at that point, so the rest of the pictures were shot with the cellphone.
This hike had steep parts, so I made Kostadis carry Nick.

Seriously, guys, that's enough! Wake me up when
we get somewhere interesting.

Guys! The hole in the ground is pretty, but have you noticed that
IT'S RAINING? I am considering yelling!

Waimea Canyon stitched panorama.

Over the river and through the woods.

Kostadis hiking up a particularly steep section.
Nick is having fun. His pack mule not so much.