Going to the waterfall was my favorite thing we did in Kauai.
We scheduled a shuttle to take us to the trailhead. We booked the 6:20 am shuttle which we were very happy with because the trail got busier as the day went on. Make sure to get your pass early, these spots sell out fast!
Andrew was so smart to wear a hat because it rained for probably 70% of the time we were out there.
The first 2.5 miles are a steep up and then steep down to the beach. We ran when we could and hiked when we had to.
My favorite playground.
The views of the Na Pali coast and Hanakapiai beach were spectacular and from there we went towards the waterfall that was another 2 miles away.
In the beginning we tried to avoid puddles but after a few minutes of that we just jumped in all of them because there was no way to avoid your feet getting soaked.
We left our shoes in Hawaii after this, ha.
The whole trail was marked so well.
We turned around a corner and saw the 300 ft waterfall and it was breathtaking.
We swam in the pool at the base and we were the only humans there. It was one of the top experiences of my life. This kind of stuff is where I feel closest to God.
PS Andrew tries to act like he isn’t a runner but then he pulls out this kind of stuff and smashes it.
Prettiest place I’ve ever eaten candy:
On the way back we crossed a river and I slipped as we were going through it. About 15 minutes later (once we climbed back up the steepest hill), I realized my phone was gone. I ran back down and asked everyone I saw if they had seen it… nope. Finally, I remembered I fell in the river and sure enough it was there. It was fully under water and stuck between two rocks. I have no idea how I found it (and how it was still working) but I would have been heartbroken to lose all of my photos (maybe this will convince me to backup my phone😂).
We finished with 9.5 miles (but I forgot to start my watch for a while with the phone situation so probably 10ish) and 2700ft of climbing and took the shuttle back to our car.
We went straight to Hanalei Poke and nothing has ever tasted so good.
Followed by Dole Whip and relaxing the rest of the day.
Now for a few random photos off of my phone:
*My nephew’s favorite thing ever is going to Walmart with his family (and especially Andrew). He is especially happy if it is a new to him Walmart so they went together in Colorado.
*When we go through tunnels (one of his favorite things ever) he is convinced that you are supposed to close your eyes and fold your arms as you go through.
*Knox was trying to explain to me that apples dipped in hot sauce are delicious.
*When Andrew goes to a new restaurant he just tells them to make him something delicious without any guidance on what he wants or doesn’t want. He always ends up loving it!
*My kid’s greatest joy in life is a continental breakfast at a hotel. Knox couldn’t believe they had mini packets of Nutella for him there.
*The perfect beach read.
*I knew I was vacationing properly when I saw this on my watch.
*Back to our kiddos today! Cannot wait to squeeze them🤍
Thoughts on Nutella?
-Not for me unless it is in a small amount in some sort of baked good.
Have a good beach read recommendation?
Fan of hot sauce? What do you use it on?
Any crazy trail runs/hikes you need to tell me about?