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Santa Cruz, California
September 25, 2004
We kayaked up the river with the wind at our backs then got out and hiked a short distance to the Indiana Jones rope swing that was actually used in the movie. We then hiked further and listened to some great stories from our guide, Terry. She grew up on the land, so she took us on a back trail where we got to eat fresh passionfruit. We stopped for lunch near some waterfalls and hiked back to another rope swing and cliff that you could jump off of. Then, instead of kayaking back against the wind, they put you in a motorized canoe and took you back.
One thing people should know is that it's a very muddy, sometimes slippery hike, so even though they say 80 year olds have been on this tour, I wouldn't recommend it for people who aren't sure footed. Also, there are lots of mosquitoes, which I thought were not biting me, but tons of bites showed up the next day.
From journal First Kauai visit and first timeshare vacation
July 28, 2003
We drove to the Kalapaki Market Place in the Anchor Cove Shopping Center in Lihue to check in. I had water shoes to wear, but neither my daughter nor husband had any, so they bought some there ($10 each). We also bought insect repellent there ($5) -- both were necessary for this tour.
We put the kayaks in the water at Nawiliwili Bay. The crew gave basic instruction on how to operate the two-person kayaks. We kayaked up the "jungle" river to Kipu Ranch, where we left the kayaks and hiked a short way through a tropical forest to a mountain pool where we were able to swing out on a rope and drop into the pool. This is the area where the Indiana Jones character used a rope (probably not the same one, however) to swing across the river to evade his enemies in Raiders of the Lost Ark. What a great experience for us. My daughter and I are now (unofficially) Indiana "Janes" (my husband didn't do it). After our "swim", we hiked to a small waterfall and ate lunch. All the lunches and our gear were in large waterproof bags so they wouldn't get wet on the kayak trip. The lunch consisted of a very large sandwich (sandwich choice made when booking), water, soda, chips, and cookie.
After lunch and more photo ops at the waterfall, we hiked back to the river and boarded a boat that towed the kayaks for the return trip. It was a great trip. My daughter was able to ride in a kayak with one of the crew members and videotaped the whole thing.
From journal Introduction to the "Garden Island"