Today Heather and her friends got to hike to the Lulumahu falls. It was a trickier hike than she was used to because it was muddy (she fell twice) and there were lots of logs, trees and rocks to climb over. The path started in a bamboo forest. I wonder if any pandas live here?
I guess Elena is the only yellow panda in the woods. There were some beautiful flowers to see:
Then suddenly, the path climbed a hill and opened up to a stunning view of the mountains:
Abby never goes on a hike without her bamboo walking stick!
Down in the valley was a picturesque river.
The structure on the right is an old reservoir that isn’t used anymore. It looks like a very forsaken tower. Who knows what might be lurking in there…
Heather was having a really bad hair day because she had swum in the ocean twice before this hike and hadn’t taken a shower!
The hiking group, minus Elena who was taking the picture:
The group entered the mountains once more and immediately discovered a mini waterfall.
“Don’t tell me this is it!?” exclaimed Heather who knew that Bill loved to play practical jokes on everyone, and it would be just the thing for him to start describing a 200+ foot waterfall only to lead them to a 2 ft one instead!
“Haha, no. We have to scramble around boulders,
climb over trees,
and do some rock climbing,
before we hit the real waterfall,” Bill responded with a smile.
Abby (and Heather) were a little fearful at what they were about to encounter.
But it was all worth it because the waterfall did turn out to be magnificent.
They made it!! Heather was wearing a funny looking bathing suit to go into the waterfall but the water was really cold and the air was very cool inside the valley that she just had her picture taken outside of it.
If they thought the way back would be any easier…
They were wrong.
One last upside down look at the mini waterfall:
According to one Hawaiian, graffiti is everywhere on the islands. Abby encountered some on the hike:
The sun was just beginning to go down when they got back to the open part of the path.
The mountains were crisply illuminated by it.
They went deeper into the valley and and sang the theme song from the Lord of the Rings while pretending to be hobbits.
When the cold of Winter comes
Starless night will cover day
In the veiling of the sun
We will walk in bitter rain
But in dreams
I can hear your name
And in dreams
We will meet again
When the seas and mountains fall
And we come to end of days
In the dark I hear a call
Calling me there
I will go there
And back again
(Fellowship of the Rings, In Dreams)