Thursday, June 17, 2010

LOST! Manoa Falls Trek

Nope, we weren't LOST, but this where they shot the TV Series LOST!  I remember watching the first few seasons and being totally engrossed until the plot got too convoluted. Then  my Sil who was watching a few seasons ahead said no one ever gets found!

 "Are we there yet?"

Suffice it to say, I LOST interest.  The Manoa Falls Trail trek is something hubby always wanted to do--I was just always too lazy to go with him. Now that the kids are older and more adventurous, I thought it would be fun to do as a family. It's a .8 mile trek to the falls at the end, and the same distance back on exactly the same trail. It took us 2 hours.

Good thing it didn't rain. The ground would've been all muddy and hard to trek. We arrived prepared: closed shoes with traction, and all exposed skin sprayed with Off. The bamboo walking sticks that we picked up at the parking lot came in very handy too.

 Off the trail, going down to where the river should be (if it were raining)

Some people were trekking with flip flops, and I even saw one person on the trail with a baby on a Bjorn! They were managing but they didn't look like they were having a very good time.

The trail went through a rainforest and a bamboo thicket. Most of the ground is flat, with a few areas that you have to climb just a bit. Can't stress it enough--good thing it wasn't raining!

In the same general area of the Manoa Falls Trail is the Lyon Arboretum, part of the University of Hawaii. With all kinds of tropical ornamental plants, it would have been interesting to visit this with mom. I don't it would have been too exciting for the kids.

I'm glad we finally did it. We need to do the Diamond Head trek next time.

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