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I was paying $280 for side views of my boyfriend and the pilot

Exploring Kauai’s Na Pali Coast

moncler saldi A sea cave on the Na Pali Coast of Kauai, Hawaii, pops into view during a scenic helicopter flight. The undulating moncler saldi uomo 17 mile Na Pali Coast on the island’s northwest shore is too rugged for car travel. (Dina Mishev/For The Washington Post) moncler saldi

Our first morning on Kauai, I stood on one of moncler saldi outlet the 20 concrete helipads at Lihue Airport trying not to cry. My boyfriend squeezed my hand. « It’ll be fine, » he said.

moncler bambino outlet This trip to Kauai was the present I gave myself for finishing six rounds of chemotherapy. I had one month between the end of chemo and a double mastectomy. Derek and I piumini moncler saldi had picked Kauai three months earlier, when I had no idea how I’d feel when the chemo was over: We figured that if I were still fatigued, there were beautiful beaches to lie on, and if I felt good, there were outdoor adventures to be had. moncler bambino outlet

moncler outlet Because I ended up feeling great, we bypassed beaches to focus on the Na Pali Coast a 17 mile stretch on the piumini moncler island’s northwest corner. We explored it by every piumini moncler outlet means possible by foot, boat and helicopter. By moncler bambino saldi car was not an option: The terrain is too moncler bambino outlet rugged for a road. moncler outlet

outlet moncler Kauai is the fourth largest of the seven inhabited Hawaiian islands more than 500 square miles with dozens and dozens moncler uomo and dozens of beaches. Some of the coast’s brick red cliffs (« na pali » means « many cliffs ») rise 4,000 feet above the Pacific. Valleys and ridges are carpeted in hundreds of shades of green. The ocean is Smurf blue. Today none of the Na Pali Coast’s canyons are inhabited the area is a 6,175 acre state wilderness park but people did live in all of them into the early 20th century. Some canyons had as many as several thousand residents. outlet moncler

piumini moncler saldi From the ground, hiking along the Kalalau Trail, you see a hot mess of jungle on one side and cliffs and the ocean on the other. From the air and ocean, there are no signs that humans have ever been there; you can’t even imagine anyone penetrating such a thick, forbiddingly fecund landscape. piumini moncler saldi

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moncler saldi outlet My helipad tears really had little to do with chemotherapy, mastectomies or cancer. moncler saldi outlet

moncler outlet online shop Derek and I, both adrenaline junkies, had selected an hour long scenic helicopter ride with Jack Harter Helicopters because they offered rides without doors. No doors! We could dangle our feet a couple of thousand feet above the ground, lean out to take killer photos and feel that, at any moment, we just might fall out. moncler outlet online shop

moncler bambino saldi But it turned out that only three of the four passenger seats of our Hughes 500 were door less. The two back seats each had an open door, but in the front, the pilot got one of the door less seats; one passenger had to get stuck with a middle seat. moncler bambino saldi

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Cancer wasn’t enough? I wouldn’t be able to feel like I was falling out of the helicopter? That was why I was near tears.

As the helicopter took off, rising like a bloated mosquito, moncler outlet serravalle I had already decided the next hour would suck. I was paying $280 for side views of my boyfriend and the pilot. When we got free of the crowded airspace immediately around the airport and the pilot asked how we were, I was too depressed to answer.

piumini moncler outlet My sullenness lasted five minutes. piumini moncler outlet

The pilot had us heading straight toward a ridge at 80 miles an hour. From my middle seat, I could see all the gauges, dials and ometers, and I realized we were about 100 feet below where we needed moncler outlet to be to clear it. I thought we were going to crash.

piumini moncler scontatissimi At the last minute, the pilot rocketed us up and over. And then we careened down the ridge’s far side, into a primordial abyss that dropped away for a couple of thousand feet. My stomach fell even farther. piumini moncler scontatissimi

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Kokee State Park on the western third of Kauai, Hawaii. (Dina Mishev/For The Washington Post)

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moncler saldi uomo For about 10 minutes, we flew over Waimea Canyon at 10 miles long, up to a mile wide and 3,500 feet deep, it’s also known as the outlet moncler Grand Canyon of the moncler donna Pacific. Then we headed out over the ocean to take in the entirety of the Na Pali Coast, from Ke’e Beach in the north to Polihale Beach at its southern end. moncler saldi uomo

We flew along the coast close enough to see the foam from the waves crashing against the cliffs and the lines backpackers had strung moncler outlet online uomo up at Kalalau Beach, the terminus of the 11 mile Kalalau Trail, to dry their clothes on.

We dropped into deep, narrow valleys the helicopter descending in tight spirals because the spaces were so narrow.

piumini moncler As we hovered before various piumini moncler scontatissimi waterfalls that cascaded down their flanks, the pilot gave us details: One waterfall was among the moncler saldi tallest on the island; another had a pool at its bottom that people swim in; the really big one was featured in « Jurassic Park. » piumini moncler

moncler uomo My favorite had three streams, and the pilot explained its name had something to do with marriage. Two main waterfalls joined high on the cliff’s face; these were the husband and wife. Lower down, the third, much smaller fall came in. This was the mother in law. « Always there and a bit of a nuisance, » the pilot said. moncler uomo

By land

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Because of its narrowness and exposure in its 11 miles, it sometimes traverses sheer cliffs that drop hundreds of feet to the ocean and penchant for flash flooding, Backpacker go to my blog moncler outlet Magazine once determined the Kalalau one of the 10 most dangerous trails in the United States. But it’s also on lists of the most beautiful. National Geographic’s top 15 list described it as « the finest coastal hike in the world. »

It turned out that the finest hike in the world was so popular that all the permits moncler outlet trebaseleghe to go beyond Hanakapiai Beach, two miles up piumini moncler uomo the trail, were taken. So we just hiked those two miles.

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