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by Coronado Bob & Berie
April 5, 2004
From journal Kauai in the Fall
Grand Canyon, Arizona
August 23, 2002
No gas stations are located in the park,so fill up before coming up the mountain.
The lodge has 12 rustic, inexpensive cabins with fireplaces to rent ($35-$45 per night). Call for reservations.
Restaurant open for breakfast and lunch only.
1-800--335-6061 Koke'e Lodge
Tent and trailer camping are allowed in this state park with appropriate permits. Restrooms, picnic tables and pavilions, grills and restaurant nearby the campground.
Permit is required for camping - call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 808-261-6660 for information and application.
It is a great place to picnic and the food in the restaurant is good. Beware of the hotdogs; they are huge! Ordering one is sufficient!
From journal Kauai, Hawaii
Saint Paul, Minnesota
July 26, 2002
The temperature really drops after the sun goes down at this 4000 ft. elevation. So you'll need to stoke the wood stove in your cabin - or take lots of covers - even though shorts are comfortable through the heat of the day. Bring a warm jacket. Even so dressed, we were still cold in February evenings at the Pu'u o Kila lookout. the good news: no charge for the free air conditioning.
You'll also have the company of lots of jungle fowl (escaped fighting cocks which have gone wild) - very colorful birds, but vocal in the morning. And only on Kaua'i. The story goes that the mongoose on other islands decimate the wild chickens by taking the eggs of these ground nesting birds. And the mongoose was not introduced to Kaua'i - but that's another story.
While viewing the cliffside from Pu'u o Kila, look closely at the middle of the cliff. There's a waterfall spouting from the cliff, but at such a distance it's easy to miss. You're also apt to see lots of helicopters which come for a few minutes of this magnificent view. You, lucky dogs, have all day if you choose. Free.
I'll post a few pictures as time permits. But do a web search - this is a popular place for photographers.
From journal Kaua'i - where the wild things are