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Helpful Tips for Hiking Kauai’s Napali Coast

As the world returns to normal – normal-ish? — the journeys have started again. Now our readers are sharing their recent adventures, both domestic and far-flung, snapping photos as they ride bike trails in Oregon, visit waterfalls in McCloud, hike Mount Kilimanjaro and more – and they offer advice on what to see, where to go and how to plan.

Today we hear of a couple who have just returned from tropical shores.

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HAWAII: Alameda residents Christina and Tony Poggio celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in Kauai last month. “One of the most memorable and challenging highlights, says Christina, “was hiking the 4-mile Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai Beach on the Napali Coast. It is only accessible by hiking and visible only by helicopter or boat. This was a very strenuous hike and the hardest we have done. Lots of ups and downs over rocks, tree roots and wood, but the end result when you get to the beach is worth it – so breathtaking, it looks surreal, like a painting.

TRAVEL TIPS: “It’s quite hot and can be humid, so bring plenty of water. My husband and I drank about seven 16.9 ounce bottles of water. There are a few shaded areas, but not many, so take the opportunity to rest, especially when you can catch a cool breeze. The weather is unpredictable so check the forecast. We were lucky and had a perfect day. With the tropical climate, it can sometimes rain and it is slippery. We brought hiking poles, which most people had. I don’t think we could have done without it!

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