Kayaking the Hanalei River
We decided to kayak the river after a morning of heavy rain. But the sky had cleared to a pleasant blue and the breeze was a gentle touch across the skin, so in the river we went. We being my son, husband and myself. Me being the avid exerciser, my husband not so much, and my son being 10...so you get the idea. You have your choice of going upriver towards the taro fields or out into the bay of Hanalei. We chose upriver with a goal of at least making it to the historic Hanalei Bridge, a very modest goal. The waterfalls were particularly broad and bright that afternoon thick from the heavy rainfall. We had been paddling for about 20 minutes past lush greenery and white egrets when we realized we weren't really making much progress. The current was particularly fast due to the rains, it wasn't much longer before my son propped his legs up with his paddle resting across his lap, and then huffing and grumbling proceeded to be emitted from my husband behind me. Soon the sky darkened and the so called rain that "never lasts long" dumped down upon us. And it lasted long...the entire time. We made it to our goal and then enjoyed the effortless ride back with the current working in our favor. Even in the rain, maybe even because of the rain, the quiet of the kayak and being "in" the moment - it was all worth it!
By T. Becque
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