OHE March 15, 1998 (b)

Date: Sun, 15 Mar 1998 16:43:41 -1000
From: ALEX H OKIHARA (OKIHARA@prodigy.net>
Subject: Sacred Falls

Date:  Saturday, March 14, 1998
Hike:  Sacred Falls
Party:  Gavin Kobayashi, Wayne Shibata, Alex Okihara
Weather:  Sunny with a few clouds
Time Started:  9:50 AM
Time Finished:  12:05 PM
Round trip duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Time to Waterfall:  10:45 AM

The Story:

Despite living on the island for practically all my life, I have never been to Sacred Falls. It's weird how you take the island for granted when you get too wrapped up in your own life... you fail to see the beauty of the land that surrounds you.

Anyway, when we arrived in the parking lot, there were already a few cars. The sun was shining bright, and it was getting hot. We took some pictures by the Sacred Falls sign and headed up to the trail.

The first thing that I noticed were the porta-potties on the right. This is good to know if you gotta go!

We walked around the gate and headed up the level unpaved road. We walked and walked. Then we walked somemore. Finally, we arrived at an open grassy area with two park benches (point B in Ball's book).

We proceeded up on the trail, meeting many people coming from the falls. After climbing gradually, we reached the waterfall and swimming hole. It took about an hour to get there, walking at a leisurely stroll and taking some breaks for pictures.

The waterfall was flowing very slowly. It was very peaceful there, despite the already present crowd. I wondered what lay beyond the waterfall.

After eating some snacks and taking some pictures, we decided to head back.

We arrived at the parking lot at about 12 noon. The parking lot was FULL! This is a good example of the early bird getting the worm... or the parking stall.

Notes:

This hike is very popular. It is also nice, quick, and easy. This is a good place to take a friend who is visiting the islands.


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