Iceland’s Most Famous Waterfall Is Big Enough To Stand Inside, Which Is Pretty Incredible
This is Seljalandsfoss, arguably Iceland’s most famous waterfall. In a boundless green field, the cascade drops a whopping 200 feet from rocks above into a serene little pool below.
The most insane part of Seljalandsfoss, though, is that you can hike through the back of the falls and view them from the inside out.
This means you can stand alone in a glowing cavern while the sunset shines through the waterfall stream.
World’s Best Trip: Kauai, Hawaii
It may be the most dramatic vista anywhere in Hawaii: from the bluffs above the eastern tip of Hanalei Bay, on the North Shore of Kauai, you look out on a crescent-shaped beach. Tireless waterfalls spill from jagged cliffs in deep green valleys. Clouds hover and vaporize. A rain shower rolls across the far side of the bay while the sun blazes down on you. Anchoring this ridge is the recently renovated St. Regis Princeville Resort, 252 spacious rooms carved into a cliff. On one side of the property is the Makai Golf Club, one of Hawaii’s most famous courses. On the other, after clambering 100 feet down a steep, rocky trail, you’ll find a more private piece of paradise: Pali Ke Kua Beach, where the only other living creature might be a sea turtle laying her eggs. Nature still calls the shots on Kauai, something you’ll notice whether you’re hiking the Kalalau Trail, which clings to the Napali Coast for 11 miles of views and switchbacks; kayaking through rain forests with Outfitters Kauai; or dining at 22° North, a restaurant in Lihue that uses ingredients sourced from its own two-acre farm. Perhaps that’s why you always feel like a better version of yourself when you’re in Kauai, and why you’ll keep returning.
Kauai Affordable Tip: On the sun-drenched western coast, the Waimea Plantation Cottages are scattered around 27 acres of wide lawns, coconut palms, and empty hammocks—pure old-school Hawaiian aloha. Doubles from $215.
Kauai Family Tip: Stop for a delicately flavored shave ice—the beloved island version of a snow cone—at Wishing Well Shave Ice, a stand in Hanalei. Shave ice from $4.
My dearest Shosh and Jaialai:
Life is so precious, my sons. The beauty it offers is boundless! Seek it out and bask in it. Enjoy it! Be grateful for it.
Too many of us live with the illusion of control — the illusion that we’ll continue to have tomorrow what we have today. Don’t fall for the illusion. Control is but illusory. At any moment, all of it can be taken from us. Look at what happened to us, our family, our home.
But, our circumstances are not unique. Recently, a great flood was visited upon the people of Kauai, Hawaii. The destruction is heart-breaking. Mind you, the tragedy and devastation that befell the people of Puerto Rico or Duoma, Syria, is no less heart-breaking, but I don’t know Puerto Rico or Duoma. I am, however, familiar with Kauai.
2018 Kauai Flood – Rains From Hanalei To Ke’e Cause Damage – Hawaii
By now most of you have heard about the devastating storm that hit Kauai last weekend and will forever be called the 2018 Kauai Flood. The torrential rains caused major flooding; mostly targeting the area north of Princeville from Hanalei to Ke’e. It started on Saturday morning and by Saturday night the rain was coming down in buckets. The reports are that 27 inches fell in 24 hours in Hanalei! With that rain came the brightest lightening and the loudest thunder I have ever witnessed. Needless to say, not a lot of sleep was had by anyone on Kauai’s north shore on Saturday night.
And then the rains continued all day Sunday. The result was massive flooding in all areas within a few feet elevation of sea level. Take a look at downtown Hanalei on Monday. Businesses and homes were filled with muddy water, so much so that a few people had to be rescued from their roofs.
We used to go to Kauai, Hawaii, for vacation. (Jaialai, this was before your time. This was during the good years before I blew the whistle against the Enron of Healthcare and before my career was sidetracked.) Kauai is known as the Garden Island, and we loved the lushness and tranquility the island offers. We’d stay in Princeville, wander Hanalei, eat shaved ice at Wailua or Wishing Well Shave Ice, snorkel at Hideaway Beach or Nualolo Kai, eat saimin at Hamura’s, and spend hours basking in the beauty of the place.
Pray for those who are suffering. Take a moment to give thanks for the safety and comfort you are blessed with at the moment. Be grateful.
I am forever grateful for having two wonderful sons.
All my love, always,