OHE July 18, 1999 (Aina Haina Middle)



Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 17:20:09 -1000
From: Wing C Ng (wing@lava.net>
Subject: Snail trail

I have headache and maybe a flu, and so decided to sleep late and take it easy. I was going to go Wiliwilinui, but decided to check out the Aina Haina middle ridge at the last minute.

This is the easternmost middle ridge. There is no easy access. I found an empty lot on Ekoa Place and went up. There is an abandoned ditch up there and maybe that's why there is this empty lot for access.

The route goes up the hillside to gain the ridge top. There is laborious trail-clearing. There seemed to be remnant of a trail, but no one has been there at least 5-10 years.

However, there are these snail shells. In my ridges in East Honolulu, there are these snail shells along the trails. At first I thought somebody left them there as markers, but there are too many. Then someone told me that they are snails that died: makes sense, but why did they die off?? These ridges are moderately dry and probably not suited to snails in the first place. They don't look like they are _fossils_!!, they look like maybe 20-30 years old.

I raised the question: how come the snail shells are only found on the trails and not off the trails? The facetious answer: how do you know, how often are you off the trails? The snails travel along the trails too!!

Well, there are no pigs in the low elevation of these ridges, neither are there goats. So these are not pig trails or goat trails, so are these snail trails??

Anyway I followed the snails to a cliff face quite a ways up, and things get slightly dicey, and I didn't want to attempt on my own. I hiked 3.5 hours up already, and so had lunch and gave up. It's now moderately clear and I cleared some more going down, taking only 1:00 to go down.

Wing


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