6hrs difference in time from home. It doesn't sound like much at all. That is, until you experience it. It hit me harder than I thought it would.
I arrived to my place on Kauai at 9:30pm - basically 3:30am at home. After chatting with the house owners (got the room on AirBNB, I crashed around 11pm and was looking forward to a nice, long sleep.
Wrong. 4am the roosters started. 5am were more. I was up by 6am and witnessed the sun rise. The roosters certainly didn't help but the bigger reason was my body was just used to being up by then. I never sleep past 9:30 at home and according to my internal clock it was 12:30. So I kinda felt like crap.
None-the-less, I was in Hawaii. I shrugged it off with a killer outdoor shower and arrived promptly at breakfast at 7am with a view of the mountains.
This was the first place I checked out. It was recommended to me by a friend and a picture I saw taken there was incredible.
The guide books and most online reviews tell you NOT to hike down to the bottom but I did anywhere. However, a few reviews say you'll regret it if you don't.
I made a go of it. It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do after it rained the night before but I made the trek. It was very steep and pretty scary at some parts. Bringing along camera gear didn't help the situation. But I made it. And while I was a little bummed the water level was extremely high and I didn't get to access good areas for pics, it was still an awesome sight to see and I highly recommend checking it out.
The couple I'm staying with told me about a little secluded beach to hit up within walking distance of the house. So I decided to check it out.
Its about a 15 minute walk from the place and isn't the easiest beach to access. In a matter of 3hrs of was doing the second not-so-smart-thing-to-do-before-a-wedding. But again, it was worth it. As it usually is when there is something challenging to overcome to witness something amazing.