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Monday, September 27, 2010

Sunday Funday!

The entrance where you pay the sweet lady.
Oh what a treat yesterday was! I am a sucker for a good hike, but it's so funny how sometimes you're so set on getting "away", that you forget to explore and appreciate the places that are close to your home.  "Swinging Bridges" as it is locally called at the Waihe'e Valley Plantation is just a ten minute drive from our home.  We packed up our camelbaks, some peanut butter sandwiches, and of course our pooch, and arrived just as they opened at 9:00am. The woman at the booth was sweet and bubbly, but spoke strong "pigeon"... which even after all this time here, can still seem like a language all it's own. $3 each at the kama'aina rate, (WOOHOO), and the adventure began... 

 We had no expectations except that there would be "swinging bridges"... and there definitely were.  Two swinging bridges actually, and upon arriving at the second one, Tommy casually mentioned the fact that he had to sign something at the entrance, and us both then realizing that we had possibly just signed our lives away.  I'd call this bridge homemade, and a good drop should a nail come loose.  In the words of the highly intelligent Forest Gump, "We made it this far... might as well keep going."  And so across we went and for once, we were very happy to have health insurance. 

In flops and gypsy pants, crossing Swinging Bridge #1 ;-)
Besides the swinging bridges, the highlights kept coming.  Almost the whole hike we were intoxicated by fresh ginger growing wildly. Traveling off the beaten path, (as we always do), we found enormous banyan trees, guava fruit, mountain apples, avocados, waterfall pools, ti leaf forests, secluded stone walls and tunnels, and a narrow path with stunning views from high up the mountain, (where one misstep could have proved fatal).  I'm getting a new fear of heights in my old age, and that one actually had me starting to tunnel and fade out a bit... (So not cool!).

Bridge #2 (Happy to have insurance here.)


Such a wonderful way to spend a Sunday... and even though we already live on a rock, it was nice to take even more of a "staycation" by exploring so close to home.  Lono had the time of his life, and our bounty of fruit and fresh awapuhi for shampooing my grimy hair had us all stoked from our endeavors.  Kabobs on the grill and a glass of wine to end a beautiful adventure filled day....

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Enchanted Ti Tree Forest

Intoxicating Ginger

My guys at the end of the trail =)

I hope you all had an adventurous, beautiful, relaxing, productive, and absolutely spectacular weekend! =]

~Danielle~ (Queen B.)

1 comment:

  1. well this was just fascinating!! I totally agree and love the term "staycation", there really is so much to do around you if you look hard enough and keep an open mind. Not saying there's any swinging bridges or avacodo trees or ti leaf forests in Hagerstown MD, but we still have fun :) If I ever make it (or guess i should say when i make it) out to Hawaii this place will most assuredly be on my to do list!


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