There's something about Kauai... as soon as I get away from the airport my whole being seems to take a deep breath and relax. It's the soft air, the tradewinds, the green and blue. Ahhhh.
The race report is looking really good! Al has handily passed three boats and caught up substantially on the others that he considered his main competition. He's now just over 500 miles from the finish line, and I should see him sometime on Thursday.
The race committee posts a position report twice a day, using Google Earth, and here's the most recent picture. Al's boat is "Bandicoot", and if I knew how to draw an arrow pointing to it, I would! But I don't...
One of the sailors has more than a dozen family members here to greet him when he comes in, and it's all a surprise. I ran into them at dinner tonight. He's expecting only one person so I can't wait to see his reaction when they all show up. Three of the boats are in already and there is such an air of excitement!
Along with the obligatory palm tree photo above, I have to show you this view at Tunnels Beach on the north shore. The water is such an incredible color.
This is a cave across from the beach -- looks like something out of a Harry Potter books down there...
And this is the outside of the cave, with these long tree roots swooping around in the breeze --
Finally, you can't see Kauai without the wild chickens everywhere. I thought this one had especially nice coloring --