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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-05-06 09:25
Subject: [travel] Kauai, day one
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Tags:books, chickens, child, fun, kauai, nature, travel
Yesterday's trip was largely uneventful, other than the happy stuff at the PDX airport Powell's and the grumpy stuff getting Hawaiian Airlines to actually, you know, assign us seats on our Honolulu-Kauai flight. The airport in Lihue was pleasant, we got our rental car and promptly got rather lost looking for a supermarket to pick up a few snacks, etc. Oh, and there were feral chickens everywhere.

Trying to find the supermarket, we passed an abandoned industrial site of some sort. A mill, maybe. Being tourists on Kauai for the first time, naturally [info]the_child and I went back there to shoot a few photos.


Once we'd gotten that out of our systems, we drove on down to Popui, where our hotel is. There were feral chickens everywhere.


A gorgeous road.

We got lost again in Popui, but eventually found our hotel and checked in. After sorting ourselves out, we walked around the pool and the beach front, encountering a Hawaiian monk seal. There were feral chickens everywhere.


After that we flopped our jet-lagged selves out a bit, caught some dinner and made an early night of it.

This morning I went walking at 4 am (Hawaii time). I got safety checked by a very friendly police officer, saw some people harvesting I don't know what in the tide pools by flashlight, watched the night sky over the surf show me fourth- and fifth-magnitude stars, and listened to the roosters crow. There were feral chickens everywhere.

On the balcony now with the birds singing up the sun. [info]the_child has a surfing lesson in a couple of hours. Then we're off for a dinner cruise along the west coast of the island this afternoon. I suspect chicken will be on the menu.

Have I mentioned the feral chickens everywhere?

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Kari Sperring
User: la_marquise_de_
Date: 2011-05-06 16:37 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Have a wonderful time. And, you know, watch out for those chickens.
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shelly_rae: Triathlete
User: shelly_rae
Date: 2011-05-06 16:41 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Go surfer girrrrl! Tell her I say, "bend your knees and look where you you WANT to go."

Also--don't argue with a rooster.
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User: mlerules
Date: 2011-05-06 16:48 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's cool waking up see chickens roosting in the trees (safety first). So glad you're getting good a nice vacation. Enjoy!
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2011-05-06 17:20 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I've heard rumors that there are feral chickens in Hawaii, but as far as I know, it's just a rumor.

Let me know if you see any.
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scarlettina: Pffft!
User: scarlettina
Date: 2011-05-06 17:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Re: feral chickens -- Pix, dude, or they don't exist.
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User: kerinda
Date: 2011-05-06 17:44 (UTC)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2011-05-06 17:52 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
All right, you people. Chickens it is.
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Kerinda: lumpia
User: kerinda
Date: 2011-05-06 18:16 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
And there was much nom...I mean, rejoicing!
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curious Eve: badgers
User: curiouseve
Date: 2011-05-06 18:08 (UTC)
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2011-05-06 18:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Key West is another place where you will see feral chickens everywhere. Cats, too.
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Kevin Standlee: Family
User: kevin_standlee
Date: 2011-05-06 19:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There are some feral chickens around Yuba City, where my sister and nephew live. My nephew caught one when it was young and put it in with some other non-feral chickens he is raising, and surprisingly, it seems to have adjusted. But it lays very small eggs compared to its more domesticated cousins.
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When life gives you lemmings...
User: danjite
Date: 2011-05-06 19:44 (UTC)
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Please consider doing and writing a review on this:

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User: voidampersand
Date: 2011-05-06 20:12 (UTC)
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Feral chickens or jungle fowl?
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User: quantuminsanity
Date: 2011-05-06 22:43 (UTC)
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And yet no photo of the feral chickens!
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oaksylph: fig
User: oaksylph
Date: 2011-05-09 01:14 (UTC)
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Don't feed the nenes. The people with flashlights were looking for nenes that had been fed and had, because of the nasty corn starches and processed sugars, gone into asexual reproduction. And when nenes are budding, they look remarkably like chickens. Seriously. No, seriously.

(with best vacation wishes from she who was once told by a deadpan Ketchikanner that nobody lived on Panic Island due to the screams of mutilated starfish. cheers.)
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