Come See the Amazing Waterfall at the Napali Coast State Wilderness Park!
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I loved going to the beach, but I think I loved hiking just as much! It was a lot more effort though, so I couldn’t do it every day. The hike we were going on was 8 miles total. Four to get to the waterfall and four to get back. We started next to the beach and started climbing up. I think it is always good to start going up because when we are on our way back that part will be down when I’m tired. I wore my running shoes because it was going to be a long hike. And this trail often gets rained on, so it gets wet and slippery. The shoes were nice to have because I could always walk on the rocks and get enough traction. As you can see with the picture on the left. The trail can be wet. And I hear that was a dry day!
To the Waterfall!
I loved every part of the hike. It was beautiful and a great workout at the same time. The first part of the trail was much wider than this picture, but after we crossed the river, it started to look like this. And there were fewer and fewer people on the trail the farther we went.
After getting across the river the first time there was a small beach that was fun to look at. This beach was dangerous though with the rip tides. So we just looked at it. The beach is in the picture on the right here. You can’t see the sand from this picture, but it is tucked away on the left behind the trees. The water is so blue from this spot! And the view while hiking was amazing.
Across the River
After the beach, we traveled and found a guava tree! Guavas were one of the fruits that we enjoyed eating over there. These were not like the ones you find at Walmart with the yellow inside. These guavas were red on the inside and sweet! Some people like them when they are green and sour, but if you wait until they are yellow then they are very sweet. That was my favorite. I ate as many as I could on this trip.
As we hiked toward the waterfall we encountered many different plants and trees along the way. This on the left is bamboo. There were smaller ones, like in the picture, and there was very thick bamboo. Some of the hikers carved their names on the side of the bamboo. I was also able to keep hydrated with my Camelbak Backpack. It also held snacks! Then I could eat when I got hungry.
While hiking up the trail we had to cross the river back and forth quite a few times. It was pretty exciting to jump from rock to rock and to be able to see the river quite a bit as we traveled up it. My daughter enjoyed the trails as long as her dad was holding her. He tried to put her in a carrier at the beginning of the trail, but she did not like that. She wanted to be able to see the amazing view as well. I don’t blame her.
When we started to get close to the falls we could hear it from far away. As we got closer we could see it. We were almost there! The waterfall was huge! We walked up to it and could feel the spray of the water from far away. The water was cold, so I didn’t want to go jump in the river. I enjoyed the waterfall from a distance. I had to back up on the trail to get a picture of the whole waterfall. I tried to get one up close, but my phone couldn’t get it all in. We figured it took about 11 seconds for the water to fall from the top of the waterfall to the water below. That is a long time!
On the Way Back
I really enjoyed the hike to the waterfalls, but then we had to go back. I also thought it was fun on the way back. I made sure to take lots of pictures of the things I liked on the way there. All the different trees and the trails. When we were on the last stretch of the trail on the way back there was my favorite view. It was on a corner of the trail and the wind came across the trail very hard. Not sure why it did at that point, but it made us think. We were very tired from walking almost all the way back and this strong wind hits us. But the view made me forget about the wind. The view is in the picture at the top. The ocean was very blue and clear. I just wonder how God could have made something so beautiful. I don’t know how he did it, but I’m glad I get to enjoy the view.
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