Canyon is a tough act to follow, but we gave it our best
try. Kathleen found a sugar cane plantation steam train
that only operated once a month and it this was the day.
So, we headed out to see it in action.
The photos below are what we saw.
train is named after the plantation owner, Paulo.
engine is from Germany and was put into service at the end of
train used wood as fuel which is easy to acquire in the jungle.
nominal operating pressure is 150 psi, but the engineer stated
that he could get motion at only 30 psi.
manufacturer's plate is still attached to the engine. The
train ride was "underwhelming" in that they only had 1500 feet
of serviceable track due to a recent hurricane. But, it
was cool to see an old steam engine still in service.
to Gaylord's at a nearby plantation and we saw this interesting
fruit growing on one of the trees near the restaurant.
structure on this tree was quite complex.
flowers were in bloom and the purple colors were very vivid.
plant had red leaves.
tractor had been in service on the sugar cane plantation but is
now rusting away. After the plantation we had to hit the
store and then headed back to the house for the evening.
Our plan was to BBQ chicken, but the BBQ had other plans.
We did eventually get the chicken cooked but it took a long
morning we headed to Kukuiula Harbor to check it out.
There was a small, but nice beach and houses right at the
houses along the beach had their back yards facing the ocean.
here is, not surprisingly, volcanic in origin. When the
lava cools it results in "pillows" with angular sides, roughly
rife with feral chickens and Kukuiula Harbor was no
exception. Note the hen in the left rear with chicks.
harbor quay is used for sightseeing, fishing and dive tours.
"Spouting Horn" is a hole in the lava that channels the surf
into giant towers of spume.
girls went into the water, I just watched. Sandee got
sandy and even Rio got wet.
spotted this cardinal looking for handouts.
pushover, I gave the bird my apple core. He knew exactly
what to do.
the demographics of the island's visitors is quite skewed to the
antiquated, there were a few pleasurable exceptions. This
gal and her beau dove off the end of the pier.
was a popular pastime.
the harbor, we headed to the Sheraton
Hotel at Poipu Beach for lunch. The food was OK (not
excellent, but well above mediocre) but the beach was awesome.
area was quite nice.
walked along the beach and got nice views of the surf.
portions of the beach were interspersed with areas of lava
boulders making swimming impractical if not dangerous.
The rocks did provide a dry path to a tide pool area so I went to see what was there. Above are some kind of sea cucumbers and urchin. The water was clear and quite still allowing me to photograph without getting wet.
spotted this colorful yellow and black fish in the tide pool.
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