The good, the great, and the painful (but still not ugly...except the legs afterwords)
By Anya Gue (formerly Wechsler)
The adventure began when Anya and Owen "sealed the deal" this August with a good ol' fashioned Missoula Wedding ceremony and celebration.
|The first dance|
Over three months later, we decided it was time for a belated honeymoon. So off to Hawaii we flew with not much planned other than 3 nights in Maui, and 5 nights in Kauai. I had spend the previous months pouring over Hawaii trail guide books, searching for the best running adventures. So intermixed with surfing, biking, paddle boarding, banana-eating and Mai Tai sipping, we scoured the trails. The following is a photo story of out favorites.
First up was the Waihee Ridge Trail, one of Runner's World's "Rave Runs," with beautiful views of the ocean and the wild West Maui Mountains.
The lack of wildlife in the crater results in the most amazing silence. We found ourselves alone on the desolate trail, feeling as though we were on a different planet. Impressive!
Once we made it back to the top, I was lucky enough to get to descend the 10,000 ft. volcano back down to the ocean on a borrowed road bike. From above the clouds, down to the sea...Weee!
After a fun-filled 3 days in Maui, we took a quick flight over to Kauai to check out the wild Hawaiian jungle...
Owen, beginning the 11 mile journey back from the beach to the car. It got hot. We ran out of water. We both kind of bonked, but it was totally worth it!
Other than the Napali Coast trail and the Waimea Canyon trails (sadly, I do not have any pictures of these), there was one more that I felt the enticed to explore. I had heard about the Powerline Trail that traversed across the Anahola Mountains to make a scenic 13 mile point-to-point. I had read varying reviews about this one: some saying it was an amazing and scenic trail, and others saying it was unmaintained and essentially impassible. It turned out to be exactly both of those descriptions.
I should have had a more realistic expectation for what an "unmaintained" trail in the Jungle would be like.