So I went to “Wikipedia” and found some interesting information about our 2nd road trip in Kauai…

Waimea Canyon is a large approximately ten miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep, located on the western side of Kauai. The canyon was formed by a deep incision of the Waimea River arising from the extreme rainfall on the island’s central peak, Mount Waiʻaleʻale, among the wettest places on earth.


The canyon has a unique geologic history—it was formed not only by the steady process of erosion, but also by a catastrophic collapse of the volcano that created Kauaʻi.


In the time since the rainwater from the slopes of Mount Waiʻaleʻale have eroded Waimea Canyon along one edge of the collapse. The cliffs on the west side of the canyon are composed of thin lava flows that ran down the surface of the Kauaʻi volcano. On the other side of the canyon, the cliff walls are built from thick lava flows that pooled in the depression. Over time, the exposed basalt has weathered from its original black to bright red.


Waimea Canyon State Park encompasses 1,866 acres and is a popular tourist attraction on the island. It provides a wilderness area with numerous hiking trails. It can be accessed from Waimea on Hawaiʻi state road 550, which is 18 miles long and leads up to Koke’e State Park.

(Melanie loves her hair in this picture)


That last picture was taken from this bridge in Hanapepe on Kauai’s south shore and that’s about as far as I got out on that sucker. Behind me were a few kids running across, scared because it rocked and moved so much. Melanie took the picture from solid ground…

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