Fog in Waimea Canyon
Because we live in the dryer “rain shadow” of Washington’s Olympics, we appreciate how mountains can affect weather patterns. Kauai’s shorter distances, however, really brought that point home when we visited Waimea Canyon. We left Princeville in sunshine, but found ourselves at a viewpoint with clouds above and fog below, only about 15 miles as the nene flies. (Actually Hawaii’s state bird doesn’t fly much.) To get there, however, we drove about 64 miles around the mountains in the middle of the island.
In the town of Waimea, at the base of the canyon access road, we discovered another difference about Hawaii. Outdoor post office mail boxes.
We were sorry to miss seeing the canyon, whose name comes from the red earth that colors the river.