Continuation of the road trip to Poipu Beach...A wide array of sites to see...

The horse seemed happy to see me as I approached the fence giving us his version of a smile.

As we drove away, the horse's eyes stayed on us.  He, too, enjoyed the short interaction.
Unable to see the Waimea Canyon due to the vog (fog and volcanic smog) the ride back down the mountain was relatively quick.  As we lowered in elevation, the air began to clear although the sky was still a hazy.
Back at sea level, the sky cleared and the scenery was breathtaking. 
With a plan to turn right toward Barking Sands Beach (photos tomorrow) once we reached the main highway, Highway 50, we continued along to road, spotting the photos ops we're showing here today. 

This creek wandered along the quiet road.
When the above horse smile at us, animal lovers that we are, we couldn't stop laughing.  It only takes a minute of interaction with an animal to get my head spinning longing for more. 

Another road lead us to another area of the military installation, located on the ocean.

Military installations were positioned at the end of several roads we explored, preventing us from going further.
After seeing this horse, I began looking at the chickens and roosters along the highway with a renewed interest.  OK, I'll admit it.  I've loved the chickens since the day we arrived in Kauai.  I continue to look at every one we pass. 

Shortly after we were back on Highway 50, we stopped at the Kawaiele Waterbird Sanctuary, only spotting a few birds as we wandered the grounds.

Not unlike my fascination with warthogs in Marloth Park, I have a special affinity to the chickens since discovering that they are much smarter than previously assumed. 

Here's the 'Alae ke'oke'o as shown in the poster below, one of only a few birds we were able to see at the Kawaiele Waterbird Sanctuary.
This poster helped us determine the bird we've shown in the water.  Not quite sure how to pronounce it but it's an 'Alae ke'oke'o.  Many Hawaiian words and names are difficult to learn to pronounce.
The wetlands at the bird sanctuary.
Lately, I've been making a clucking sound at the roosters and surprisingly they approach me with fascination, thinking I'm "one large hen" they need to pursue.  One almost climbed into the car with me as shown in this photo below.  It all provide us with fodder for laughter.

This rooster wanted to jump into the car with me after I'd made clucking sounds. 
Once we reached the highway after the interaction with the horse we headed along the western side of the island as shown in this map we've shown in several posts to help illustrate the route we traveled.

Kauai Map
After we left Waimea Canyon we headed northwest on Highway 50 beyond Barking Sands Beach.  We'd wanted to continue on to Polihale State Park but the dirt road was too rough for the little car.  After exploring this area and seeing many more sites along the highway, we spent the night in Poipu at the Sheraton Kauai.
With a map in hand we were able to locate appealing attractions along the highway stopping many times to investigate and take photos, enjoying every step of the way.
This dirt road would have taken us to the very end of the road as shown on the map on the western portion of Kauai.  Unfortunately, the little car would have been damaged on the rough road forcing us to turn around.
Tomorrow, we'll share our tour of the Kauai Coffee Company where we had an opportunity to see how coffee was roasted, taste a variety of their blends and wander a path through the coffee estate, a former sugar cane plantation.  We had no idea how much fun we'd have visiting a coffee farm!

See you later with lots more!

Photo from one year ago today, February 21, 2014:

A year ago on my birthday, Nomsa and Zeff stopped by to sing Happy birthday in Afrikaans to me and exchange warm hugs while we were living in African Reunion house. Having cared for our needs for three months it would be difficult to say goodbye a week later.  Notice the sign behind Zeff's head, "Take risks.  If you win you will be happy.  If you lose you will be wise."  Then and now we find significance in those words as we continue in our travels.  For details from that date, please click here.


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