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Things to-do before I turn 35 :)

I just started writing blog posts again after a long hiatus. I was going over one of my old blog post titled “30 things before 30”. I managed to cross some things off the list and I am ready to cross off the one’s I haven’t had a chance to work on. There are some things on the older list that do not interest me any more.  As I  continue to grow and evolve,I have some new found interests which I plan on including as I revise my list. Things I wish to-do before I turn 35 🙂  Walk for Susan Komen breast cancer awareness or prevent diabetes walk or the likes  One hike per month in and around Bay Area  Learn Spanish Perfect “Daal Baati”- a popular Rajasthani dish Serve a village in India/Nepal Eg: Teach for India  Visit Newyork  Perfect a headstand Set a skin-care routine Master the art of meditation and pray everyday Eat as many home cooked meals as possible Incorporate yoga in my daily routine , at least Suryanamaskar One painting (canvas or paper and big or small) a month Sell the existing artwork and fundraise for a organization I believe in Go for plays, theaters, ballets , concerts, entertainment shows, open art studios, art and wine festivals at least 1-3 times per year Practice self love, respect my body whatever shape, size and weight it may be at I will continue to add things to this list as and when they come to my mind. Since I have this list already,  I will continue accomplish some of these things as the New year sets in. Happy 2018...

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Kauai – Other things

Kauai – Other things

Other fun things we did in Hawaii involved driving through the lush green roads, visiting Kappa, Poipu, Koloa and Hanalei Market, beach hopping etc. We also saw the  majestic Wailua Falls which is a movie directors favorite shooting spot and you may have seen it in a TV series called Fantasy Island. Another falls we saw was the Opaekaa Falls  which means “rolling shrimp,” which were once abundant in the stream. Along the way, we also stopped by for local tropical fruits and fresh coconut water which is a must try if you are in Hawaii!    ...

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Kauai Day 3

Kauai Day 3

We had a one of the biggest adventures planned this day. I have been on boats and cruises before but we were going to see the beautiful North Coast on a Ocean raft. I have done river rafting before and thought it was going to be similar but it was no where close. It was a super rough ride but worth the chance because it ended up being better than Day 1 and 2 considering we spent 5.5hrs on the ocean raft seeing the beautiful Hanalei Bay and Na Pali coast. Along the way I got to see so many turtles and dolphins that it was surreal. To top it all, I got to see the beautiful open ceiling caves that have been on my bucket-list. The sea caves along the Na Pali Coast are formed from the harsh wave action of the Pacific Ocean slamming into the porous lava. We are able to enter sea caves, making for a truly up close and personal experience with the Na Pali Coast. Our tour guide was telling us that in general the swells and the waves can make it difficult to enter the caves safely, and so many times they have to see it from a distance. Luckily, we entered the caves not once but twice 🙂 I will let the pictures do the talking..  ...

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Kauai Day-2

Kauai Day-2

We had booked tour to hike to the Secret Falls in the Wailua River State Park. This was my first time Kayaking with my husband. We were very uncoordinated in the beginning but after a while we got a hang of it. We were surrounded by beautiful scenery and Wailua River Banks and reached the a dead end after which we had to hike through the forests and the dirt and muck. The rain added to the mess created and I got my feet super dirty but it reminded me of childhood days of Ratnagiri. Along the way our guide shared some ancient Hawaiian stories of the king and his queen. We soon reached the “Secret Falls” which I don’t think is a secret anymore considering how crowded it was. Once we took a dip in the water from the waterfall and enjoyed the beauty we were on our way back to our Kayak’s. I thought it was going to be easier to paddle downstream. But our tour guide told us,in the case of Wailua, that is often not the case.  After paddling relatively easily upstream,we were paddling against 25-30 knot headwinds on your return down stream.  That was hard but our guide shared a trick with us that is to stay close to the river bank where it is more sheltered and to paddle at a continuous pace that is comfortable rather than paddling hard for a short period of time and having to stop often. The entire loop to the waterfall and back was close to ~7 miles. Undoubtedly we had an amazing experience that will be etched in my memory...

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Kauai – Day 1

Kauai – Day 1

We woke up to a beautiful weather and headed to the South Shore of Kauai to visit the “Spouting Horn” and the “Allerton Gardens”. We would have like to also go to the McBryde Gardens but since we did not plan ahead we could not go on the tour for that garden. The Spouting Horn is one of the most famous spots for tourists and photographers. Spouting Horn is a “blowhole” created by waves forcing into a shoreline cave, resulting in a vertical fountain of seawater that shoots out a natural hole in the lava table. Ancient Hawaiians believed this coastline was once guarded by a giant moo (lizard) named Kaikapu. Everyone was afraid of the moo because it would eat anyone who tried to fish or swim in the area. One day, a young boy named Liko entered the ocean to outwit the lizard. Kaikapu attacked him, but Liko thrust a sharp stick into her mouth, swam under the lava shelf, and escaped through a small hole to the surface. The moo followed Liko and got stuck in the lava tube. To this day, you can hear the lizard’s roar and see her breath spraying from the blowhole. (Reference: gohawaii.com). Watch a quick video here Allerton Garden and McBryde Garden both are a part of nonprofit National Tropical Botanical Garden. We chose to tour the Allerton Gardens as I wanted to see the famous “Jurassic trees”. Allerton Garden is a former private property with intriguing water features and the famous trees. Our tour guide told us that Allerton Garden was named one of the ” 50 places of lifetime to see in America” by  National Geographic Traveler Magazine Here are some pics.....

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July 4th weekend

July 4th weekend

We set out for Pt Reyes after breakfast. It was a nice drive with the hubby after a long time. We didn’t hike to the lighthouse as I wasn’t prepared for it but we enjoyed some great scenery near the seashore and on the way back had a nice Indian meal at a restaurant in Lagunitas. The food was organic, vegetarian and delicious. I don’t have pics from our lunch as we had a late lunch at 3 pm and the food was gone as soon as it arrived on our table.  Here are aome pics from Pt Reyes         ...

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