(day 3 continued)… so much for letting the sounds of the ocean lull me to sleep. I could not fall a sleep. It rained like crazy and the howling wind and rustling tree above me kept me awake most of the night… well mostly my mind was playing tricks on me because I was afraid my tent was going to fly away. The wind was that strong. Then I remembered a sign I saw earlier, “warning. flash flood area.” Then I dreamt there was a flash flood that swept me out to sea. I remembered my mantra from yesterday, “don’t lose my breath in challenging situations but find things that take your breath away.” A few deep ujaii breaths got me centered again and instead of letting my fears prevent me from sleeping, I let the sounds of the ocean soothe me to sleep because I was gonna need some energy to hike up to the water fall.
Every area of the rainforest was jaw dropping gorgeous.
I’m so glad I didn’t continue the hike last night because the bamboo forest was very dense and little light shown thru the thick layers.
I got eaten alive by mosquitos and had to cross several streams and muddy areas but it was worth every itch to encounter this moment that took my breath away:
I was on such a happy high that I didn’t mind the down pour of rain on the way back down the trail, more mosquito bites, and even more muddy puddles.
I can’t imagine anything else I see on the road back from Hana to the north side would be any better. Next stop is Wai’anapana campsite for the 2nd night of camping. It’s not as beautiful as Kipahulu but the view is just as amazing. I got finally see what a black sand beach is all about. I would describe it as black rocky beach. The black sand is coarse and there’s a lot of black lava rock. It looked beautiful from a high view, but as I hiked down to the beach, it was kinda scary. It’s drab. The waves are rough and mean. The cliffs look mysterious with their dark caves under neath. I felt like something was gonna jump out at me so off I go to set up home base for the night.