Friday, August 7, 2015

Kauai, day 8, (play, cuisine, hike, beach!)

Busy, fun-filled Wednesday for us.  We started at Lydgate State Park and the amazing Kamalani playground.

This place is like a kid's best play castle dream come true.  Isaac's eyes lit up when he saw it and really enjoyed doing some exploring on his own.

It isn't easy but this little boy gets around!

All the kids liked this mosaic snake bench.

Nice snakey snake...

That would be a Lia reef explorer... Check the eyes!

Love love the under the sea art all over this playground.  Isaac spent quite a bit of time pointing out his favorite fish.

Chris was very excited to have lunch at Tip Top in Lihue so he could get some authentic Chinese Saimin noodles.  This is a local favorite and our culinary adventure for the day.

I didn't get a picture of the Saimin, but I went out on a limb and tried the house specialty, oxtail soup!  I hear the meat is tail from a cow, not an ox... But I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty the meat is. You have to work a little bit to get it, but it is like super tender stew meat once you dig it out.  The soup itself was delicious... and topped with cilantro and ginger, was very aromatic.

So then, we were off to an easy 3/4 mile hike.  Look how unenthused my children are!

David and Emily, despite the picture, we're excited to have walkie talkies and enthusiastically, forged on ahead, reporting back to 'Big Kahuna' with their progress.

Love this picturesque bridge.

And we all made it to the picnic table and celebrated with the bag of chocolate dipped macadamia nut cookies we got at Tip Top, on our way out.

And last, we cooled off at Lydgate Beach Park.  The kids loved this protected swimming area.

And I love this picture of my happy baby boy!  I worked hard to get this shot!

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