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Kaua'i - Let's set sail

§       Itinerary started at 6:30a!

§       Na Pali coast catamaran ride and snorkeling…….one of the most breath-taking natural vistas in the world!!!!!!

§       And the most extraordinary experience of the travel thus far, and perhaps the entire trip, which makes it all worth while, even with the lost luggage……..seeing and watching dolphins swim and frolic within arms length off of the bow of the boat!!!!! love, Love, LOVE dolphins. Seeing them act and behave in their natural habit, out in open waters and in the wild…….amazing

§       The best spot for snorkeling I’ve gone to…….

Kaua'i - aboard Captain Andy's catamaran
.an abundance of fish

§       The ride back to the pier was such a roller coaster ride, literally. The catamaran was catching so much air and water riding those waves that it felt like I was on a class 3-4 rapid, minus the paddling!

§       Badly sunburned my thighs and legs…..and all along I thought my legs were naturally sun proof since they don’t seem to ever get dark or tanned no matter how hard I tried. So, I don’t bother using sunblock on my legs……..WRONG! Aloe was a soothing grace. Below are some great advice for sunburn (from an article in Yahoo sometime ago):

 

painful sensation of sunburn, try these fixes:

1.

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Go retro with an old-school home remedy: cool (but not cold) milk compresses. The proteins in milk give skin a protective coat that prevents water evaporation. The skin needs moisture for the healing enzymes to work properly. These will soothe skin and take the sting away.

2. Take ibuprofen (400 mg every four hours) until the redness goes away. Just as this anti-inflammatory can minimize the swelling of a sprained ankle, it can reduce the inflammation of burned skin.

3. Speaking of anti-inflammatory agents, you can also start drinking green tea or pomegranate extract or juice. Both have soothing anti-inflammatory benefits - better yet, they're both strong antioxidants, which means that they can help mitigate some of the unseen damage that UV exposure is doing to your sunburned skin.

4. In fact, you can't get too many antioxidants, particularly when skin has taken a UV beating. Be sure to eat three servings of fruits and veggies every day (particularly antioxidant powerhouses like berries) to prevent damage.

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5. Topical antioxidants are another important healing tool. (They're important all the time, but even more essential when you're healing from a UV boo-boo!) For your face, try antioxidant-rich moisturizers

6. Don't forget the old post-beach classic: For the first days of discomfort, use a topical product with aloe, an anti-inflammatory standby, to soothe and cool sunburned skin

7. When your skin begins to peel, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize - at least three times a day.

8. But as tempting as it can be, do not pull off flaking skin, which can exacerbate the peeling. Let it fall off naturally.

9.

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Also, do not exfoliate or use glycolic acid, retinoids, or salicylic acid (a.k.a. beta hydroxy acid) until all peeling has stopped. Your skin is too delicate during the peeling phase to use these ingredients, which accelerate cell turnover (a process your body is already taking care of naturally).

10. The most important thing you can do, of course, is make sure that you never get sunburned again! Now's the time to pick up a good broad-spectrum sunscreen (that's one that blocks both UVA and UVB, the two types of ultraviolet light that can damage skin.

 

§       I didn’t even bother phoning the airline baggage claim today……….it’s a Sunday, surely no one's waiting by the phone

Dolphintrekker says:
don't remind me
Posted on: Dec 04, 2008
mr_shanet says:
thanks for adding the "i was silly and got a sunburn" info for us :)

people often put on sunscreen all over ears and face and upper body but forget the legs which is fine unless sitting down as u found out :( the thighs above the knees and the knees take a beating..

on my recent trip, i packed my lightweight boardshorts in my carry on and a few other things especially electronics and power cords just in case my luggage got lost... afraid of an experience like yours...
lol = "surely no one's waiting by the phone" :)
Posted on: Dec 03, 2008
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