Our friend Dan stopped in on Saturday for a walk up and down the beach, including a wade out to Goat Island, a local seabird sanctuary.
I shot a lot of people pics, but not for blogging. You'll have to make do with these. Clik for a bigger version.
There were plenty of Poultry-Americans clucking and crowing around our site:
Malaekahana Weather Vane II:
This is looking back at the beach from around the point:
A fisherman working with a throw net was waiting for one to come within range:
The water at the point was plenty clear:
Out at the point we saw a Wandering Tattler aka 'ulili hanging out on the iron shore. They come in from Alaska for the winter. Smart birds.
While I had thought Goat Island was off limits, there is a rudimentary track for legit strolling all the way around. The trick is getting out there with a camera, without dunking it: the water is two to three feet deep, and the waves come around the island from both sides, meeting at the wading route to splash the unwary. Fortunately Dan and I both had sealable plastic bags, and we managed not to topple over on the way out or back.
A lot of the interior of Goat Island is covered with these succulents. I haven't identified the stuff yet, but it seems to make a great ground cover.
Here's a shed crab shell on Goat Island:
Goat Island log: