It is impossibly hard not to have the post-vacation blues, especially when you get back from a place like Kauai. The "garden island" was filled with gargantuan mountain formations, lush greenery, and red dirt covered canyons. Ocean waters ranged from emerald green to turquoise blue, there were black lava and white sand covered beaches and the food, well the food was what little crunchy radishes dream of.
Parts of Kauai, in particular the north shore, feel almost stuck in time. The laid-back hippie esq vibe of Hanalei and the nearby beaches permeate an old school feel. What struck my little radish heart strings the most was the tremendous focus on organic, local, and non-GMO produce. A veghead like me truly did not have to stray far in order to indulge in organic vegetarian or vegan fare that was composed of ingredients sourced from Kauai or one of the accompanying isles of the archipelago.
Local fish was abundant and best cooked with minimal fanfare or served raw in a poke, coconut water was drunk from the source, and my love affair with apple bananas was formed. It was truly a crunchy radish dream.
Not to get hyperanalytical, but the massive prehistoric land formations on Kauai really gave a perspective to humanity. How little and insignificant we are compare to the power and magnitude of Mother Nature.
Our days on Kauai were spent hiking the resplendent mountain ranges, soaking in the translucent ocean waters, and gaping with unfathomable belief at the landscape.
Kauai, you have not seen the last of this little veghead. Here are some photos of our recent trip, I only wish my photography could capture the awe-inspiring beauty that saturated this island.