Getting There - Aneel's Travelogue

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Kayaking Captain Cook, HI, Tuesday, 15 August 2006 10:47pm

Kayaking and awesome snorkeling today. We had breakfast at Evie's Organic Cafe, which had tasty, wholesome food. We mentioned to the cook that we were planning to kayak later and she recommended one of the shops just down the road called Kona Boys. We stopped in there and rented three two-man kayaks. They also had a pair of skull board shorts that I had to get.

We kayaked across Kealakekua Bay to the Captain Cook Monument and snorkeled there for a couple hours. The area was amazing. Deep enough to make movement easy, but shallow enough to easily dive down to look at anything interesting. Lots of fish were snacking on the coral. I finally understand why the surf shops use those fluorescent blues, greens, and pinks: they're the colors of the fish. We saw a huge number of yellow tangs and butterfly fish and a lot of brightly colored wrasses. I think my favorite fish so far are the trumpetfish.

Paddling back, there was either a wind or a current that kept swinging us to starboard. I accused Jenny of paddling unevenly and making my job as steerer harder, but the same thing happened when neither of us paddled at all.

We met up with Gina and Frederick and had drinks at the hotel before heading over to the Kona Brewing Company to meet up with Charlotte and have dinner. We watched the geckos on their sign and drank their beer while we waited a few minutes for a table. The pizza there was tasty, the beer was good, and the dessert was rich. After a terrible service experience at Lu Lu's, the waitstaff at KBC was really attentive.


tinny Tuesday, 22 August 2006 10:10pm

I love that you have a favorite fish. I have favorite fishes I like to eat, and I have a least favorite fish, but I don't have a favorite fish. Or, did you mean it was your favorite fish at the time? I think you meant that.

aneel Tuesday, 22 August 2006 11:27pm

I meant that of all of the fish I saw, I liked the trumpetfish best. They're long and skinny and move almost like snakes, by undulating.

tinny Tuesday, 22 August 2006 10:10pm

Also, what is "ruck"?

aneel Tuesday, 22 August 2006 10:16pm

It's what you put in a rucksack. Or a typo for "rich".

tinny Tuesday, 22 August 2006 10:22pm

Aha. Now I am curious about these rucks. Hey, look. Rucksack literally means "backpack," according to!

1866, from Ger. Rucksack, from Alpine dialect R¸ck "the back" (from Ger. R¸cken) + Sack "sack."