Archive for the ‘Kauai’ Category

SAN FRANCISCO’S CROOKEDEST STREET

February 19, 2017

Lombard Street in San Francisco has long been considered as the crookedest street in the world. And it is! And it is beautiful and scenic with fabulous vistas. What wonderful thoughts went into designing this amazing street. Today, however, it is still beautiful but very busy. Tourists come from all over the world to see it, drive down it and admire it. Fabulous but not fun for those residents who live on or around the street. Traffic is a nightmare and can back up in the neighborhood as the cars wait a turn to drive down. Tour busses stop at the bottom of the hill so that the tourists can get out and snap a picture. Then there are the thousands of tourists walking up or down the stairs of the street. So some in City Hall are considering a charge for the cars and busses. Don’t know how this would work or be regulated and it is a long time out (if ever) but it is an idea to help control all of the people looking to enjoy this wonderful San Francisco icon.

HAWAIIAN NATIONAL BIRD

July 22, 2016

The NENE or Hawaiian Goose is the Hawaiian national bird.NENE

The distinctive black head and searching eyes can be found on Kauai, among other islands. While the NENE is usually found in the wild and is skittish but beautiful, many resorts keep them on property and they happily habitat around ponds and waterfalls.  They are always well fed by the caretakers so happy to stay on property.  They have few predators so do not need to fly and their wings are weaker than most geese.  An endangered species, the NENE is great fun to watch.                                                                                                            While the NENE is, indeed, the national bird of Hawaii, on Kauai many believe that it is the chicken.  Wild chickens run everywhere – on the golf course, along the sidewalk, on the road, on the beach, in parking lots – everywhere!  Ask anyone on Kauai and they will tell you the chicken is the national bird of Kauai!  There are no natural predators so thousands roam the island at will.  You will see entire families – little chicks following behind – roaming the post office parking lot in Koloa Town, emerging from under a bush on a golf course and in every park and on every beach.  They are everywhere!  Foraging for food, the chickens are a favorite of tourists.  Ask any native of Kauai and they will tell you that the chickens used to be domesticated and on farms but the hen houses were destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and the rest is history.  The Kauai chicken does add a special charm to an island visit.ROOSTERhttp://www.powerhiking.com