Hawaii: Gloriously Unreal Reality

Every time you wake up in Hawaii, there is the distinct possibility that you are still dreaming. Hawaii Day 2: We woke up at our friend, Bobby,’s house, who graciously hosted us on the Island of Oahu. Being lovers of the outdoors, we were itching to hit some trails, up for a challenge, and the hike we landed on certainly delivered. Googling hikes on the way to breakfast, this particular trail called to my childhood dream of being Lara Croft: Tomb Raider; “Lulumahu Falls: the old ruins, bamboo forest, and 50ft waterfall make you feel like you’ve leaped right into one of the Indiana Jones movies.” Ummm, what? The decision was made. With Bobby’s girlfriend’s dog running the length of our group, checking on each of us every few minutes on the trail, we were a crew with a mission. The trail was muddy, not all together clearly marked, and with its share of “Turn back, not accessible” signs scattered throughout, the trail was more than ideal. Here are some sample pictures:

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