I've been to Kauai several times in my life and whenever someone would ask me about it my standard talking points were:
- It's beautiful but small, you can drive from one end to the other in a few hours.
- There's red dirt everywhere.
- There are no direct flights from Kona so it's a drag to go there.
- Traffic can be awful.
- Oh, and they don't have any mongoose on Kauai.
The last point was just a bit of trivia since it may actually be a plus for the island to only have the occasional rogue mongoose scurrying about. Tall Guy though, has been intrigued by the island since he spent a few weeks there several years ago and so we both went back in August.
We spent seven nights there and took a few days to drive around the island and never once got stuck in traffic. I saw more white sand than red dirt and although the flights weren't direct, I'm now in love with the views of other islands from the air. Last week, we flew back again. This time for only two nights and as soon as we were on the road, I felt as though we were driving through a neighborhood on the Big Island.
There still may be some truth to my talking points, but they can no longer serve as negative points or sound as though I know it all. In fact, it scares me to think of other beliefs that I may have. There should be a refresh button in my brain so that I can update information and experience, consistently. Maybe, I could even keep my mind open as one of my favorite quotes suggests: