“Don’t lose your breath in challenging situations but find things that take your breath away.”
This was my mantra for day 3. It was definitely a challenging day. It marked the end of my stay at the luxurious Lumeria. I was trading a comfy warm fluffy bed for a camping pad. I know.. poor me! Before leaving this beautiful retreat center, I had to practice “allowing my heart to fall to the ground so it can be my foundation.” It worked!
I tell myself, nothing really ends… a new adventure just begins. So I’m off to Hana but had to fuel up at Makawao Market Fresh Bistro:
The waiter suggested I should drive the back route to get to my campsite at Kipahulu must faster so I could set up before it got dark. “The road is less windy but there’s not as much to see,” he says. I beg to differ. Look at these breath taking views:
I get to Kipahulu campgrounds and could not keep my jaws closed. The view was awe-inspiring and every where I turn, my breath got swept away. Mother nature, I bow to you!
After setting up my bed for the night, I’m off to explore the area and it gets better and better. I arrive at this place called the Seven Sacred Pools, where a stream of fresh water creates 7 sacred pools before it meets the ocean. These pics are from the end of the pools where the fresh water will meet the ocean:
Further up the trail head, is another 2 mile hike to Waimoku Falls, the mother load of waterfalls where the 7 pools originate. I started hiking and walked as fast as I could because it was getting dark. Some downhill hikers told me it wasn’t far but advised me to only go if I had a flashlight because there is a dense bamboo forest I would have to get thru before climbing up towards the water fall.
A dark bamboo forest was a challenge I didn’t feel like undertaking so I decided to head back to camp and let the sounds of the waves lull me to sleep. The adventure will have to be continued tomorrow morning…