A beautiful late afternoon in October was the perfect time to take the Chicago Architectural Foundation’s River Tour. The highlights…
In the early days of river transportation a common style of boat was the sternwheeler. With it’s distinctive large wooden wheel on the back (stern) to propel it, it was a common sight along the Ohio River.
Today most of the sternwheels are mostly decorative, with a traditional propeller providing most of the propulsion. The boats at the Marietta Sternwheeler Festival were mostly campers on boats.
Our second morning at the Kauai Inn started after sunrise, which gave us a chance to see how beautiful the grounds and background was.
As we left to go out for the day we found a new city have moved in down the street.
To quote a line from the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ – “I’m bettin’ he’s gonna swerve first”
Our day had us headed to some waterfalls – first was Wailua Falls. I was expecting to drive into a park and go for a hike to the falls, but we ended up driving up and getting a glimpse of them from the overlook in the fog.
Still the double falls was impressive.
We then headed to the nearby Opaeka’a Falls. While more distance, you did get a better view – but still no hiking.
The Wailua River Valley is historically a Native Hawaiian settlement area.
We continued up the road as far as it could go until we got to the Keahua Arboretum.
Not a traditional arboretum, but more of a ‘woods’, it nonetheless has some amazing trees. These are known as Rainbow Eucalyptus trees.
As Wikipedia states: “The unique multi-hued bark is the most distinctive feature of the tree. Patches of outer bark are shed annually at different times, showing a bright green inner bark. This then darkens and matures to give blue, purple, orange and then maroon tones. The previous season’s bark peels off in strips to reveal a brightly colored new bark below. The peeling process results in vertical streaks of red, orange, green, blue, and gray.”
Easily some of the coolest trees I have ever seen.
With that we headed back down the mountain, passing some houses with great views.
We stopped by Poliahu Park.
Where the remains of a Heiau (temple) remains from ancient Hawaiian times. People have left lei’s as an offering.
Our plans were to continue north to a wildlife preserve and lighthouse when we ran into a bit of a problem – literally. An elderly man missed seeing us coming down the road and pulled directly in front of us – BAM.
Airbags are an exciting event – scared the #$%^ out of me.
Fortunately nobody was seriously hurt, and after getting a replacement car from Avis (who get’s a shout out about how well they handled this situation), we got checked out and were on our way.
We decided to skip the lighthouse and instead went to the Spouting Horn Park, where we met some of the local sea birds.
Spouting Horn was nice, but with the much smaller waves it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the ones in Maui.
With that our eventful day came to an end.
A weekend in Pittsburgh always gives us a chance to check out the sights – some familiar, some new.
First up – the historic Gulf Tower in the morning sun.
The Strip District (the neighborhood got it’s name because it is a small ‘strip’ of land along the Allegheny River). Once industrial, then vacant, this area is going through a rebirth – including the refurbished Cork Factory – now apartments.
A great ‘new-old’ sign on a building on Penn Avenue. In this part of the world ‘pop’ is what soda is known as.
Artwork along the Allegheny. Note the houses on the high bluff across the river – Pittsburgh is a very hilly city.
Instead of replacing the tracks they just filled them in with mulch to make a path.
The view down Smallman Street towards downtown Pittsburgh.
Our final stop in the Strip was a hipster flea market.
The best views of the Point, Downtown and the Rivers are from West End Overlook.
From here you get views of the entire valley.
The pleasure boats were out on this Sunday morning.
The bright morning sun made the photography challenging.
A beautiful day for baseball.
Where the give away for the the fans were fedora hats!