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Kauai - Day 5 - Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Aloha and Welcome to our vacation.

Woke up to cloudy skies, so after breakfast, we decided to go do some shopping at the nearby Poipu Shopping Village.  Ended up finding a nice dress to wear for the portrait session we have scheduled for tomorrow.  It rained for a bit while we were shopping, but then the skies cleared up.

We headed into Lihue and stopped at Macy's to see if there was anything in the petites section for me.  Didn't find anything that I had to have, so we continued on to Fish Express to get some lunch.  We ordered a plate lunch with grilled ahi and coconut shrimp, then took it down to Kalapaki Bay to eat while watching the surfers.  We had to share a picnic table with another couple and we started chatting with them. They were looking to buy a house and move to Kauai... maybe someday.

Parasheet beach blanketAfter lunch, we went to the nearby Just Live Zipline Tours to see if they had a Grand Trunk Parasheet.  When we were in Maui, we had seen some people that had these beach blankets with pockets in the corners, that you could shovel sand into - so that the blanket doesn't flip up or fly away.  We thought that was ingenious, so we went searching online to see if we could find something like that.  We came across the parasheet, and according to the website, the Zipline place sold the Grand Trunk products.  We were a little sceptical that this little place would actually sell these products, but we were pleasantly surprised when we found that they had quite a selection.  So, we bought a parasheet and headed to Larsen's Beach to try it out.

When we got to the beach, we opened up the blanket and put the sand in the corner pockets.  It worked like a charm!  And the bag that the blanket comes in is actually an attached pocket - so you don't have to worry about that blowing away (and you can use it to store items as well).  And being nylon, the sand falls off easily when it is time to pack it up again.

We hung out at Larsen's Beach for a couple of hours, then headed back to the resort.  Wednesday nights there is Gourmet Farmer's Market at the Kukuiula Shops near our condo, so we stopped in there to check it out.  This market is a little more elaborate than the normal farmer's markets.  There was fruit for sale, but also a variety of other items such as soups, jams, pies, croissants and bread.  We met up with Blaine and Lisa at the market and wandered around together.  We didn't end up buying anything (Randy was looking for mangos, but couldn't find any) and just went back to our room.

Nachos at Tortilla RepublicWhen we got back we went for a swim in the pool with Teagan.  He had a blast, as usual.  We were starting to get hungry, so we went up to the room to shower, and then headed out for supper.  We were thinking about maybe going back to Merriman's Gourmet Burger and Pizza again, but when we got there we saw that they had live (and loud) music.  We were both not in the mood to have music blasted at us for a second night, so we ended up going across the way to Tortilla Republic.  We decided to just go for some snacks at the Margarita Bar.  We ordered the quesadilla with shrimp, and the nachos with pulled chicken.

Both were really good, and we were rather full after finishing them both off.  We wandered around the Kukuiula shops for a bit, then headed back.  We stopped by Blaine and Lisa's room to talk to them about some activities that we were going to do together over the next week. 

Around 10:00pm, we headed back to our place.  I was really tired, so just went pretty much straight to bed.