Just Zip It
Trying to catch up with the posting vs activities here, and I'm loosing the battle right now! Oh well, plenty of material for that day when we don't do anything, to keep you guys happy.
Last weekend (we are running at least 1 week behind the activity schedule) we re-visited the very first hike that I did in Maui. The Commando Hike. I've been wanting to go back to the old stomping ground for years, and it finally came together with the usual suspects, bloody perfect!
It's a great hike, that starts by walking up a river to a lava tube. Pretty easy to navigate if there is not much water flow. Darian was adding to the water flow here.
And I enjoy a brief golden waterfall shower.
Once deep into the lava tubes it's pitch black, and that's where the games begin. Lets not forget who we are hiking with here! Darian and Steve took off in to the darkness and then successfully scared everyone by grabbing them in conveyor belt form. It was ridiculous, the scream interval was about 3 seconds apart, but they got everyone!
Out of the lava tubes and onto waterfall jumping. For the first jump, you have to first make it accross this rickety old bridge. Ulli sends everyone in order of weight, lighest first! Then assess the situation himself.
20 feet down, 100 feet to go, with a swim onto the next one, and not without the odd soggy guava fight in between.
The second waterfall always gives me a heart flutter. It's totally makeable, but just high enough to bring on the poopy pants if your the last one to jump. It's about 50 feet I think.
The 3rd and final waterfall is usually another jump. But Super D has been planning since the wee morning hours..... and it's time to set up a zip line! When asked "how safe do you think it is?" He replied "Err about 80%" - we didn't ask in which direction. We just sent him off first!
And it was bloody perfect. The man is an animal .... and so is his wife!!
What a blast we had coming down that zip line. It's kicked off a zip line frenzy, and orders are being place for longer ropes and better pulleys left and right with REI!
On the way out, a snail was on out the trail and looked hungry, so D found a dead worm and fed the lucky bugger his best meal in months!
We also came accross some crazy crossed banana tree. The bright pink fruit smells like banana but sure doesn't taste like it!
The hike out is beautiful with the huge eucaliptus trees towering overhead. With thoughts of steak and beer running through our heads, we picked up the pace and headed for home.