Made it up for sunrise again today. Although it wasn’t raining at that point, the clouds in the sky were a sign of things yet to come.
Today was supposed to be the day we were going to ride mopeds around the back roads of the Kapa’a area. I have spent several hours poring over maps, selecting possible routes, and generally getting more and more excited about exploring parts of the island that we have never been to before and that the vast majority of tourists never see.
Unfortunately, shortly after sunrise, it started to rain. Not just a common shower, this was pretty heavy rain that just didn’t seem to want to let up. Rain is common here and a morning storm is not typically something to worry about. It will usually blow past within 15 minutes. But this rain just kept coming, raining as Steve was rousing himself, through breakfast, through showers, and right through me saying “Come on! It’s time to go pickup up our scooters!”
I knew the rain would eventually clear, it was just a matter of when and how much of our scooter day would be lost. Steve was much more skeptical.
My cause was not helped along when the guy from the scooter rental place called to ask if we were still interested in going out. I tried to get a sense from him, based on his experience, how long he thought the rain might last. He basically confirmed my view, saying “It’s Kaua’i. It could stop in 5 minutes and be blue skies in 15. But I can’t guarantee it and it could last for a while.”
The other portion of the reality was that he was sitting in his driveway in Kapa’a wondering if he had to drive to Lihue to give us the mopeds, particularly since we were his only reservation for the day. With Steve looking at me incredulous that I was still even considering it, and the scooter guy willing to cancel with no penalties, I reluctantly decided to let it go for the day with the plan to reschedule for a day later in the week.
Now we were hit with a difficulty; I reviewed our remaining plans for the week to see if anything could be shifted into the day’s opening, but nothing was moveable – two days relied on a 4WD rental, there was a photo tour pending for a specific date, and any of the other options we had were closed because it was Sunday – no meadery, no gift shopping at the fabric store, even the humane society was closed so we couldn’t have a spontaneous wet dog day. I got so desperate, I even looked at the Kaua’i Museum. Normally, I love going to history museums on vacation, but it’s not something I would usually do in Hawai’i; I’d much rather be outside. But even they were closed on Sunday.
With the rain continuing to pour down, I proclaimed enthusiastically that this was Stephen’s Day and we could do anything he wanted! Much laughter ensued as Steve thanked me for letting him have the rainy day.
So, we sat for a while as he thought. After sitting a while longer, I made a couple of suggestions, and he said that all sounded okay with him. See folks, there’s a reason I plan these trips.
So, we went to the local marketplace and an outdoor craft market (it had stopped raining by the time we left the condo). We had a lunch of leftovers back at the condo and Steve dosed off while I was still eating. It had a been a tough morning, what with him having to do a bit of planning and idea generation. I figured, “What the hell, it’s His Day” and took a lie down myself for an hour.
Next it was down to the beach right in front of our condo to try boogie boarding! We have never spent any time on this beach, in spite of the fact that we can walk to it in two minutes. It’s not good for snorkeling and there were always other places to go and things to see.
But this afternoon, it was the perfect answer as we headed out into the surf. It took a few tries, but the first time I actually managed to catch a wave and ride it in, I started laughing and whooping with glee, only to find myself with a mouth and nose full of water as the wave crashed in front of me. Thus was the first of the 3 Truths of Boogie Boarding revealed to me: It isn’t a roller coaster, so you shouldn’t ride with your mouth open.
I had trouble getting the timing right, and seldom managed to actually catch a wave at the perfect moment, but the first time I got it just right, as the Beach Boys’ “Catch a Wave” started playing in my head, a light when on as the second of the 3 Truths of Boogie Boarding came to me: If you get right in front of wave and ride on top of it, it doesn’t crash over your head! When I chastised Steve for neglecting to tell me that he responded, “We hold these truths to be self-evident. . .”
We spent about an hour and a half playing in the surf, during which time I collected a few cups of sand in my drawers. It was as we were reviewing some of the photos about halfway through playtime, being sure we had a few good ones before packing the camera away, that I had a revelatory moment of understanding the third of the 3 Truths of Boogie Boarding: It doesn’t matter how bad you are overall. For a quick second, as long as it takes a camera shutter to click even, you can look like something other than a complete jackass.
Too many fun pics to choose from, so much more below!