Thursday, April 10, 2008
This beach on Kauai faces north, towards the Aleutian Islands, which lie just five or six hours away, by tsunami. Very calm this morning - with fairly small waves breaking on the reef a few hundred yards offshore. Must be impressive in the winter when big waves march south across the Pacific, tripping on Hawaii as they pass.
In a twisted way, this place resembles Puget Sound. Steep beach face. Gravel tossed high on the beach by storms - composed of ground up chunks of the coral. Scattered cobbles and boulders - of 5 million year old basalt. A forested backshore with trees hanging out across the beach and large wood on the beach - tropical stuff that I don't recognize. Expensive homes behind the beach - except that this beach isn't marked with No Trespassing signs.