If you read this blog regularly, you know we took the famous road to Hana last year. It was beautiful, but not terribly fun.
It took us 6 hours to get to the end. There are 59 one-way bridges and over 620 hair pin curves. All of it in the middle of a rainforest. Some of the bridges were built as early as 1908.
This time around we drove a little more cautiously and there were no arguments in the car. That made the trip a thousand times more enjoyable.
We stopped along the way a couple of times to visit different places...
Such as the arboretum...
And, the Shave Ice stand.
We also stopped off to get a fish taco and coconut shavings.
Adal got bit by the first mosquito. He contracted Malaria immediately.
Our primary destination was about ten miles past Hana. It was there that we saw Ohe'O'Gulch. It's also known as the Seven Sacred Pools.
We parked near there so we could hike up to Waimoku Falls. Now, Brett never told us that we would be going on a hike so Jeannie and I weren't at all prepared for it. In fact, Jeannie wore flip-flops.
"You'll be fine," Brett informed us.
Well, it was a lot more strenuous than fine. It turned out to be a 2 mile hike up the mountain. Jeannie was a trooper though. She never complained, but it was a tough trip for her.
Along the way we saw some incredible sights.
Three-quarters of a mile of the hike was through a bamboo forest. It was one of the coolest things I've ever seen.
It was gorgeous.
We finally got to the end and were at the bottom of one of the largest waterfalls I've ever seen. It was incredible.
We hiked back and got to our car went to the restroom to clean off our legs. We were very muddy. Jeannie was especially muddy. She hiked four miles in flip-flops!
There was one last sight to see and we got in the car and drove another half an hour to see it.
This last place was the only reason I had agreed to come on the road to Hana for a second time. It was Charles Lindbergh's grave.
It was tucked away next to the ocean in the courtyard of the Palapalla Ho'omanau Church.
It was very serene and very beautiful. It was fascinating for me to visit the secluded final resting place of a man who at one time was the most famous person in the entire world.
After visiting the churchyard, we drove back toward Paia. Whereas last time the whole trip too ten hours, we cut this one down to six hours.
We got to Paia and had dinner at the famous "Mama's Fish House."
It was one of the greatest meals of my life.
We had four different appetizers that were incredible.
I then had an amazing lobster soup, followed by a Mahimahi, stuffed with crab and lobster and encrusted with a macadamia nut crust. INCREDIBLE.
For dessert Jeannie and I shared their world famous Liliko'i Creme Brulee.
After that we drove back to the ship. Our tummy's were stuffed. Our muscles were sore. Our minds were full of fantastic images from an exciting day.