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March 4th, 2008 – by: agarcia
One good thing about traveling with family, especially a sister who is a mother, was that I had someone who had remedies to help in relieving some of the symptoms. So after some breakfast and other preparations we drove to the northwest side of the island to Waipi’o Valley to see some waterfalls.
Again we saw how the landscaped varied as we drove along the highway. We saw the area that was cattle country and we caught our first glimpse of Mauna Kea - the tallest mountain in the world, but only if you consider how deep it goes under surface of the water.
We arrive to the lookout of Waipi’o Valley lookout and see beautiful green cliffs and a beach space. It was a beautiful lookout.
There is a road to reach the bottom of the valley but it was established at a 25% grade. A 4-wheel drive is the only type of vehicle allowed to drive down the road.
Me, Cilvia and Daniel decided to walk it down while Patricia and Jim rode in the 4WD SUV. We quickly found that walking down the steep road was hard for people used to the flat lands of Chicago. We started zigzagging our way down and found that it helped in alleviating some of the strain on our legs that we were feeling.
The paved road ends and diverged at the bottom of the hill into two dirt roads. We decided to follow the easier looking path to the right.
The beach was strewn with rocks and the sand was a dark grayish color - almost black. As we walked along the beach we eventually came to a stream flowing from the valley into the ocean.
The ocean itself was choppy that day and no one seemed to want to risk swimming in the rough waters. Even crossing the mouth of the stream seemed difficult as we watched several people attempt the feat and they almost lost their footing. It seemed that the whole stream was rocky even at the point where it met the ocean.
We stayed to admire the view for a while before we headed into the other direction in the SUV - my sister and her husband had met up with us by this time.
After reaching the top and eating a lunch bag meal we decided to go to the Akaka Falls State Park, which is located near the northeastern side of the island and was about an hour away. This gave me some time to rest.
When we arrived to Akaka Falls we saw that a portion of the trail was closed for improvements. The walk to the open waterfalls was not strenuous and the eventual waterfall we saw had a greater abundance of water than at Waipi’o Valley.
As we made our way back to Kona I realized that my health had deteriorated to the point that I decided to skip dinner, started taking meds and just stayed in to rest.
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