Thursday, January 15, 2009

Hawaii #4: The Death March

Not for the faint of heart.

We started at the top of the valley.
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Saw a couple of Japanese ladies in flip flops and the shoes that will not be named (but can be washed in a dishwasher) coming up the 25% grade and thought how hard can it be? We're all "we have hiking boots, water and malasadas! We're ready for anything!"
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It can be hard, is the answer. It took us 20 minutes to walk down. I was leaning way back, which I suppose is good for the abdominals.
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We got to the bottom and saw the carcass of a dead vehicle. Was there any hope for us?
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Danger lurking all around. Mud. Mud! What if my hiking boots got dirty?
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The trees -- the dangerous trees. There could be people-eating critters in those trees.
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Then we looked back up to where we started, which you can't even see on this photo because it's so high. It's way at the very top.
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More danger. Rocks. Rocks can be bad. You could put an eye out.
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What about the wood? There were crabs on this wood. People-eating crabs? I kept my distance.
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Hawaii's crack problem.
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We took a look at this terrifying landscape and had to stop to recover.
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SH regained his strength by eating a taro roll, smoked fish, and a tangerine, making sure to check for seeds each slice. You could choke on a seed, you know.
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The traffic was awful.
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And then we had to climb back up. The guide book warned us it could take 40 minutes minimum, but we did it in 26. Ha. 25% grade! Take that. SH finished before I did, but that's only because he was racing and didn't tell me.
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2 comments:

John0 Juanderlust said...

Haven't you heard? We are all supposed to be sacrificing and in pain---for the good of the country--and here you are, living it up in the 52nd state.

Marta said...

Been there. Done that. (Quickly took a vow never to do it again. =D)
I hope you're having a wonderful time!