If you were to ask me to compare the last two hikes we made, I would say that the first was like a honeymoon and the second, the seven year itch. Even though, we're not the first to explore these trails, it still feels like we're discovering unchartered territory in a new land. We hiked the trail to Maunawili Falls in the upcountry section of Kailua this past weekend and we got a lot more than was advertised from the brochures we read. In my mind, this hike was going to be similiar to the one through Waimea Falls. A leisurely stroll, through either a paved road or unpaved path.
Oh, no...that wasn't the case. It was a true hike...steep climbs, slippery rocks, vines, tall peaks and in the end more slippery rocks. The forest looked like scenes from Lost and at times I felt like a former contestant voted off Survivor. However, we had fun crossing over the rivers and swinging on vines. MM tried mountain apples for the first time. We let him be the guinea pig.
Once we made it to the falls, we watched a dozen or so adventurous twentysomethings going through a rite of passage. Most of them were climbing the falls and jumping off the cliffs into a small opening of water with no clue of the depth. The waters were muddy and there was no real place to sit and watch the "show." (I know. I sound like a such a mom.) However, I did my best to not appear like a stick in the mud while warning my kids of the risky behavior, hoping that they'll never do that or at least not tell me when and if they do.
During the hike, MM and I were busy holding on to the girls and keeping an eye out for Cory, too. That being said, I photographed very little and only with my phone. It was quite tricky getting to the only flat surface to shoot the falls and the dives off the cliffs. Not to mention, there were two other people shooting from that very tiny spot with no desire to move. My quick assessment was to shoot what I could from the very spot I stood...click & click.
The whole experience was completely out of my comfort zone. It is definitely a trail that keeps a family with young children on their toes. I don't claim to be the outdoorsy type, however, being surrounded by enormous trees and plants do bring a certain sense of calm and angst that you can't get anywhere else.