David Griffing   |   The clouds parted   |   geology   |   January 2009

“If you don’t like the weather on Kauai, then wait a few minutes.”

 
Brandt Kayser '11 and Liz Lehmann '10 hike along the rim of Waimea Canyon in a cloud.
As the clouds break up, students get their first views of the gorge.
The west canyon wall in clouds.
The west wall and gorge of Waimea Canyon revealed!
Feral goats walk along the canyon wall.
The beautiful gorge of Waimea Canyon completely revealed.
 
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The Hawaii geology J Term course participants prepared for a hike into Waimea Canyon to observe the rocks and erosional features of Kauai. As we approached the canyon, however, heavy clouds and rain moved in. Climbing up the mountain, we entered the clouds that filled the canyon. As the rain ceased, we hiked to the first overlook completely surrounded by clouds. While staring out into white mist, the group let out an audible gasp as the clouds parted to reveal the deep and dramatic gorge below. A rainy, cloudy morning became one of the sunniest and clearest afternoons offered to us on Kauai!

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