Five days in Kauai, Hawaii

In five days on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, I did nine dives, including my first-ever night dive, and my first-ever photography dive. I also received my Advanced Open Water PADI certification. Next I'll get certified for Nitrox diving, so that I can go deeper for longer, and more often.

Also, I drank a lot of dark rum, ate too many cookies and Sun Chips (just kidding, never enough), saw dozens of humpback whales and giant sea turtles, and even a few white-tip reef sharks.

TROXXED OUT with my dive partner, Stephanie.

Kauai is full of feral chickens. Chickens, everywhere. One afternoon, at the bar, I felt something furry on my foot while walking. I looked down just in time to see a baby chick tumbling across the pavement. So, yeah, I kicked a chick at the bar. That doesn't sound so good.

Colorful lil lizard friend. Not so shy.