I should’ve packed earplugs.
Apparently the island of Kauai is full of feral chickens. And feral chickens are friends with feral roosters. And while roosters are stereotypically given the benefit of the doubt to only crow when the sun rises, the has proven to be completely false. It is 6:30 in the morning while I am typing this, and the roosters have been crowing non-stop since we arrived yesterday afternoon.
I remember this happening a few years ago when I was on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. We were in the middle of nowhere, sleeping at a camp in the mountains, surrounded by roosters who crowed the entire night. And now I remember completely hating roosters.
This is going to make returning to the big rooster wall art hanging in our kitchen a bit difficult.
Anywho, let me explain what I’m doing in Hawaii in the first place.
I am a nanny. The search for a big kid job in Eugene continues to be fruitless, so I’ve taken on the task of caring for two adorable, hilarious girls during the week. And this week, the family took me on vacation with them.
It’s not so bad.
We got here yesterday afternoon, were briefly sidetracked by the fact that the TSA put someone else’s lock on my suitcase, making it impossible for me to access any of my clothes (a quick trip to the hardware store and an employee with a huge lock cutter took care of that), and then headed to the beach, which is conveniently located just across the street from our rental house.
Oh my goodness, the beach is gorgeous. I’ve never been to Hawaii before, but I officially recommend it. The water is that gorgeous turquoise that one always hopes the ocean will be, and it is completely clear (which eases all of my ocean fears of getting touched or bitten by something unseen in the water). We are staying on Anini Beach, which is awesome because there’s a coral reef out a little ways from the shore. This is great because one, the water is super shallow all the way out to the reef, and two, there’s a ton of coral washed up on the beach for kids to play with.
We went to dinner in Princeville last night, where I ate the most beautifully plated crab cakes and scallops with edamame hummus and avocado. So, so delicious. I am afraid I’m going to return from this vacation much larger than I began.
Although chasing down these roosters will probably burn a few calories.