The last photo in yesterday's blog post was a picture of a hike I had in mind that I would like to do. I could see it from my walk along the beach. I read that it's best to do the Lahaina Pali hike early in the day and go when it is overcast because it is wide open to the elements. Seeing as there is no overcast day in the foreseeable future here, I elected to make it to the top today. At least I could go early, the trail head is only 20 minutes down the road.
The parking lot is amongst these scraggly wraggly trees and that is the trail leading away from the lot. I was glad I brought my poles and my big hiking boots for this one as it's rough and rugged and steep in parts just like all the reviews said it was. It was still a well defined and maintained trail.
When I eyed that closer, what to my wondering eyes did appear, whales. The hump back whales, all six of them where frolicking under the early morning sun. I snapped and snapped but they were too quick for me. I didn't have time to pick a sequential shot setting on my camera.
So I snapped again, and then just watched them. I caught up to a gentleman who frequents these lands and he said the style of activity that was going on indicated it was 5 males fighting for the lone female. I was in awe. I never expected to see whales while on a hike. That's how I came up with my blog title.
This hike though was also big scenery-wise and color-wise. While moving onwards and upwards I still looked backwards at times. I could see the island of Lana'i, a place I want to go to. The ground cover color was pretty and the green of some trees was vibrant.
This is not at the top but I thought it ideal for a destination shot.
This trail contains many gulches. This is the first one.
These are the windmills that I can see from my condo lanai. They line the top of the ridge. This part of the trail is crazy windy and thank goodness for that because it is also very hot. The wind is cool and comforting.
No more turning backwards to admire the views, I had them all in front of me now. The lighting now was ideal and made the colors much more vibrant, if that is even possible. The upper part of the trail was more user friendly and rockless.
As I descended, the beaches came into view and I took one last picture of the vibrancy. It was then time to head into the lower section. What an amazing hike and a photographers' dream. At times it still feels like a dream and I have to shake my head to come to my senses and realize this is my reality baby and I'm loving it!