The real life versions of literally everything I photograph are much more beautiful, I think pictures help you remember but should never be a substitute for the true experience.
Plans changed last minute for our 10 hour trek so we joined up with the Hawaii Trail and Mountain Club for a hike through the Wai’anae forest reserve. Quickly into the hike I realized I had been here and was in fact lost in an attempt to find the Mount Ka’ala trail about a year ago.
Large agave plant taller than I was.
One of the HTMC vets gave us a heads up on a waterlogged cave next to a small waterfall, we of course had to explore and I sacrificed my dry socks to tiptoe in further. The tunnel went well inside the hill and without the aid of a headlamp It’d have been a blackout. Towards the end someone had hung a terrifying surprise, and there was a spooky shrine at the end with a few candles. I brought a lighter so we lit a few.
Photographs taken with Sony A5100 20mm 2.8 & panoramas with my Galaxy Note S5
It was an early start for the notches, left with a lovely view of Diamondhead just after 6.
After a lovely beach day catching up with Shan, I donned my brophies and let the open road tell me where to go. I was at the end of the loop towards China Walls when a coast guard helicopter made 4 passes above me and started to land at the top of the hill, didn’t stick around long enough to figure out what they were so curious about. Beautiful cloudy day for a little salty air.
Always try to run to the top, had to pause for a few pics this time it had been a while.
“Ancestral home to the ‘Ihi’Ihilauakea” At first I was thinking this was some sort of base camp for a tribe of Ancient Hawaiians or something, it’s actually just some clover plant that grows down here, and now I want to go back and find some…
The closest thing I have to family out here.
I had a day off to prep for my workweek, my pal Shannon had it off too. She was stuck home, I finally sucked it up and enjoyed an unbelievable windward drive on my motorcycle to Ka’a’awa to follow up on a plan that has been in the works for quite a while. We were going to trek up Crouching Tiger, a short hike up the steep hills that started a half mile from where she lives. We were dumbfounded by the views which seemed too good to be real.
Kilauea has been active since 1983, but this is the first time in three years that lava has reached the ocean. [daily mail]
I just had to go… Here is the hike!