So most of the time I just don’t wear shoes. I don’t like having to wear them when I don’t need to. I have wicked sweet callouses. There are a lot of places I’ve been in my bare feet in Hawaii…the cafeteria, the library, the aloha center, my botany class and lab, church, the housing office, while I’m working, and of course on various occasions walking all over campus and Laie.
But Friday was a first: I went on a HIKE in bare feet!
Okay so this was actually a first in two ways – first, I’ve never hiked without shoes, and second I’ve been here in Hawaii for a little over a year and a half, and I had yet to go on a hike. Appalling, I know, there are SO many fantastic hikes here – but every time I tried to go something just didn’t work out.
My friends Melissa and Lisa decided they were kidnapping me Friday morning to hike Maunawili Falls!
It has fantastically muddy trails
and a waterfall at the top
that you can jump off of and swim around in.
Sounds AWESOME, right?? Well it was. Be jealous.
Luckily our friend Brandon came along too, he knew some sweet extra trails. We climbed further up the waterfall and across the coolest rickety bridge ever to a second waterfall and some natural waterslides.
So. Freaking. Cool.
I felt like I was in Indiana Jones.
The whole time we were squishing in mud, climbing on rocks, wading through rivers, almost falling and catching ourselves at the last second..…it was a blast.
And none of us fell the entire time [until the very end when we were almost done and I slipped and fell on my bootay…twice.]
I LOVED it.
And it was great because there were hardly any people up at the falls that day, usually there’s heaps. Score.
I’m going to be really sad when my callouses go away and I have “haole feet” again. Just sayin’.
[all images courtesy of Brandon Olmstead’s camera, and his+Lisa Webster’s photography skillz! I’ve lost some of the images somehow over the years…but hopefully you can still get an idea of how neat this hike is!]