While in Hawaii, I hiked down to Queen’s Bath, a shallow pool of ocean water surrounded by igneous rock on the island of Kauai. But, I didn’t actually go to Queen’s Bath.
There were too many people.
Initially, when I pictured myself basking in the blue water of the tide pool, I imagined being surrounded by sweet silence save the crashing waves. I quickly realized I had not accounted for the fact that there would be other people around and laughed at myself for thinking I would find solace at one of Kauai’s most popular tourist destinations.
Instead of following the crowd, I climbed down some lava rocks and watched the life force of the ocean rush in and out of a small cove. I sat there for about ten minutes admiring the strength of nature.
Then, two young local boys ran and jumped straight into the cove as if they had no fear of being swept out into the Pacific with the strong force of the waves.
I thought, “maybe I could give it a try.”
I walked around the ledge to where the boys had jumped and that’s when I saw it: a calm jacuzzi sized pool hidden from public view. I abandoned the idea of jumping altogether (easy, because I didn’t really 100% want to in the first place) and instead submerged my body in the tranquil water of the hidden pool.
I laid down and allowed my body to float, blissfully checking out from everything and equally, connecting to all of it.