Hiking can be so exhilarating, relaxing, strenuous, and fun, all at the same time! We recently went on a hike I had never done before. There was a new discovery at every turn in the path ... incredible panoramas of the island ... stately trees ... deep peaceful breaths.
The hike: Sleeping Giant, otherwise known as Nounou Mountain.
photo courtesy Wikipedia
The beginning of the trail traverses a Norfolk pine forest. Quiet and cool, the regal trees towered above us.
The trail itself is like other Hawaiian trails: red dirt that gets very slippery in the rain, tree roots forming natural steps.
The Giant's Toenails (leaves from the Koa trees, I believe):
The goal: make it to the top of the cliff alive.
Okay, so it wasn't that scary. Besides, this view is the reward: