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December 24, 2005

Cats, Kauai, Christmas

skink shadowDay 3 of 16: Christmas in Kilauea.

Days are spent reading and walking around the grounds taking photos of the landscape nursery. There's a massive supply of palms, ferns, plumeria, cycads, croton/ti plants, ginger, heliconia and many other polynesian tropicals and exotic flora.

There is also an orchard with avocados, lemons, limes, oranges, tangelos, three different kinds of grapefruit, and star fruit. The owner has rigged a net under the avocado tree so the falling fruit doesn't hit the ground. This means A) it doesn't get bruised, and B) wandering chickens and rats don't get to the gourds before I do. As a result, there's fresh guacamole every day.

At night the cats come back in the house and prowl around yowling, looking for their owners. The cats aren't eating very much or allowing me to sleep all that much, either.

The island is absolutely packed with holiday vacationers and most of the scenic spots and hiking trails are overrun, so I'm holding off on hitting the trails and beaches for now.

Another exciting development: I have made the transition from SPF8 to 4. More on this as the holiday progresses.

Posted by Paul at December 24, 2005 11:08 AM


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