I have an unscientific way to measure satisfaction with a travel destination that I call the "wow" factor. What’s the "wow" factor? It’s how many times you say "wow" during a given trip at a given location. Kaua’i Island thus far has elicited more "wow"’s from us than any other destination we have been to since we traveled to Egypt in early 2002. The island is absolutely fabulous, and we haven’t even seen the two most famous natural attractions, Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast. We’ll see those tomorrow and Saturday. Today we headed north up the coast to Princeville and the end of Highway 56. The scenery was breathtaking. While I am still partial to the Big Island, I am growing more and more impressed with this island. It is well deserving of the name "The Garden Island." I will post some photos in the next few days. Suffice it to say, I/we said "wow" at least a couple dozen times in the span of two hours. The lush foliage and dramatic landscape is quite a sight to behold.
We may yet develop "Yet another" syndrome, a condition where you are no longer impressed with what was once impressive. For example, in Egypt, we developed "yet another 5,000 artifact" syndrome, and on Maui Island, we fell victim to "yet another pretty waterfall" syndrome. I doubt we will experience this feeling on Kaua’i Island. We won’t be here long enough, and the scenery yet to come is legendary for being some of the most beautiful and dramatic in the world. Just watch "Jurassic Park" or "King Kong" for a peak of what is to come.