Like most every Sunday, I'm hiking with a great group of Oahu Hikers today.
Today we're off to the Hauula or as I like to call it, the east side of the north shore. My first time that high on this side.
Let me tell you all about it.....fewer words, more images.
Had to hurry and get a shot with me up front. Yeah, this was 2 minutes into the hike. About as long as I could keep up with the leaders :D.
As the incline got greater, it would appear as if I got further ahead of the pack. Oh the joys of a wide angle. Not the case at all though :-).
As I try to breathe and retreat to the back, the pressure to keep up is off. The reward is time and patience for beautiful images.
Looks worse than it was. Very clean and well-maintained trail.
Kinda like bigfoot, images of this hiking beast are rare. Have to get em when he's not looking.
Finally caught the pack. I'm about to die and they're ready to go.
Next to the hiking beast is the ever-elusive Khym tree. You can see the orange blossom to the left.
Steady uphill most of the way.
Trying to figure out the quickest way to get from me to him.
Like us, the sun on its way up.
A view of the other side. Koloa gulch is over there. Remember that one?
Windmills in the distance
Simply breathtaking views of the less populated side of the north shore.
This the high point and you can see some have headed down toward the bunkers. That's probably Khym's orange shirt.
Love the look of the waves from elevation.
Inside bunker #1. Few remnants from WWII.
I guess you would call this bunker #2 as it's kind of a double-decker, with one on top of the other.
Back door of #3. This tent either being hung up to dry or a simple message to keep out. Although I did not go in, the inside of this one was very clean. I got the feeling someone called it home.
Chris clearing the land of any and all drama.
It's kind of cool when a photographer has a group of models to hike with. This one should get K and I in a magazine :-).
Fooled Khym into looking at the camera.
On top of the world!
Naomi enjoying a little rest and relaxation, enjoying the view.
Me seeing Bill, seeing me, seeing Bill.....you get the idea.
Another model.....life is good :-).
Jane, yet another model, lending her beauty to the beauty that surrouds us.
On my way back to the bunker, caught a cool view....
Time to head back.
Pretty sweet view of the mountains in the background.
I'm not quite sure how this pic made it to the blog, but I die laughing every time I see it. Don't ask....cuz I don't know.
Khym jumping for joy that it's almost lunch time!
And....pau! Great hike. Great group. I say it every week for a reason.
Oh and the best pic of the day. It seems there are super-intelligent people up this way too! Go STEELERS!!
FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view): 6 Everything in me wants to give this hike an 8, but I won't fool ya. It's not long enough for an 8, but my legs and lungs didn't enjoy going up. So, an 8 going up and a 3 coming down....we'll sit at 6. Seriously though, the views would be worth it if it was twice as long and steep.