Barking Sands Beach...Spouting Horn...Amazing finds along the way...


The view as we walked toward Spouting Horn.
Low stress, easy travel.  It defines us in our ongoing worldwide travels.  A plan as to where we're going to spend from weeks to months give us peace of mind.  Having no plan as to how we'll spend that time in each location gives us joy.

This trip to Poipu Beach a week ago, although over a span of only 30 hours was a perfect example.  The only plans we had in place when driving into the sunrise early last Thursday morning was to visit Waimea Canyon which proved to be a dud in the vog and a trip to Costco on the return drive which, as always, was fruitful and spendy (an acceptable word according to the dictionary, mostly used in the northwest portion of the US).

The sea was relatively calm as we near Spouting Horn.
The overnight at the Kauai Sheraton was somewhat disappointing. We'll share  the detail with photos in tomorrow's post.  The dinner at a local popular venue was equally disappointing.  More on that later as well.

As we'd reached the end of the paved highway after passing Barking Sands Beach, we had no choice but to turn around and head back to Poipu Beach.  Many of the interesting sites we visited along the way were shared in the posts of the last few days.

Our mouths were agape when we saw the water spout through the lava rocks along the shore at Spouting Horn.
Remaining in the sites we visited along the way is our few photos of Barking Sands Beach and the unexpected Spouting Horn.  We'd seen the sign as shown in the photo below, having no idea what Spouting Horn could possibly be. 
The sign we spotted point to Spouting Horn.
Was it a resort community?  Did it have something to do with a horn using spouted water for sounds?  Did it have something to do with water and the sea? It proved the be the later in our speculations. 

With only an arrow pointing us in the direction of Spouting Horn we knew were in the right place when we saw a busload of tourists, most likely from the island hopping cruise ship that tours the islands week after week, Norwegian's Pride of America. 

There were several openings in the lava from which the ocean spouted as the waves washed in and out to the shore.  We could only imagine how majestic it would have been on a day when the waves were more aggressive.
(Having toured the islands by cruise ship on our way here in October we had little interest in this cruise especially when rated a 4 out of 6 possible stars.  Plus, it's pricey for the seven days seldom offering any discounts or perks).

Our jittery video of Spouting Horn.
Tom was especially relieved to see the tour bus most likely with 60 patrons on board pulling out of Spouting Horn's parking lot as opposed to pulling in.  As long as I had a good spot from which to take photos of whatever brought about all of the commotion, the crowds don't bother me one way or another.

One of the smaller spouting openings.
We parked the car and were stormed by no less than 10 chickens of varying ages, gender and size.  "Food for us?" they asked in the under-their-breath clucking.  "Nope," we replied as we scurried out of sight to head toward the walkway requiring us to walk through two perpendicular rows of local wares and handicrafts.

Of course, we purchased not a trinket but I did take the photo below of a cat sleeping in a hand-woven basket that intrigued an adorable toddler as shown below.

A cat sleeping in a woven basket, admired by a toddler, in a handicraft shop in Spouting Horn.
Another 50 yards beyond the tourist shopping area, we approached a chain link fence.  Maneuvering my way in between the other lookers I managed a perfect spot and found myself almost squealing with delight when we beheld the scene below.

Each spout was different from the last, some spraying straight up comparable to a geyser, others creating a wider spray.  The crowd roared with excitement.
In concept, it was no big deal...water spouting between lava rocks as the waves washed up and back to the shore.  But, in observation, it was a feast for the eyes, nature at its finest. 

Luckily, the fence was low enough to allow me to shoot the included jittery video, difficult to take when I had tourists at my elbows rocking me to and fro.  Ah, perfection isn't what we offer here.  Real life is.  So jittery it will be.  Please try to enjoy it anyway.

Barking Sands Beach is located on the west side of Kauai on the grounds of the Pacific Missile Range Facility.  This beach is part of a 17 mile long stretch that extends from Polihale Beach to Kehaka Beach close to the end of Highway 50.
After a few photos and gleeful expressions between us, we sensed our time at the fence was coming to a quick end when others were obviously hankering for my good spot.  I acquiesced stepping back for them to hungrily move in.

Back in the little car, we'd yet to find our hotel and although we'd used accumulated hotels.com points for most of the $300 plus rate, we wanted to spend a little time enjoying the easy comfort of feeling pampered.  Well, forget that. We'll tell that story with photos in tomorrow post along with one of the most exquisite sunsets we've seen to date.

Although the sand at Barking Sands Beach was a deeper color, this expanse of perfection reminded us of the Indian Ocean when we lived in Kenya.  Click here for our photos of the white sand beaches in Diani Beach, Kenya.

Few bathers were to be found on this beach. 

See, Mother Nature seldom disappoints.
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Photo from one year ago today, February 25, 2014:

One year ago, only days before leaving South Africa after three months in Marloth Park, we were asked to spend a complimentary overnight in a tent along the Crocodile River at the Crocodile Bridge Safari Lodge in order to write a review.  While seated on the veranda, we spotted these elephants, baby and the huge matriarch holding watch over the herd.  For details, please click here.

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