We started on our way on a Thursday afternoon. Ignoring the sign in front of us
Thursday was the easy day on a nice pretty maintained trail that we slept at the end of
Work up the next day to head out beyond the trail end. The first day was a bit of an adventure. We got rather turned around and after climbing a rather vertical nest of moss covered trees that was so think that we had no idea where the "ground was" we ended up at the bottom of a river. The river had tall shear wall above it that went 90 degrees to the left and right of the direction we wanted to go and seemed to go along that way for quite some time. So back up the tree nest we went. We remained turned around and stuck for the day and had to camp in a bush overnight as there were no clear areas for miles. We managaed to not harm the bush. :-)
After a good nights sleep we eventually found our way to Sincock's Bog on Saturday. A beautiful bog! When you get there it feels as though you have walked through a portal. The sudden change is scenery is dramatic. The Bog is filled with plants that all look as though someone shrunk them. The plant life forms, the air, the ground, the way the clouds moved... ...it all seemed like we had suddenly landing on some strange new planet.
We had a very good pace going. There was some fun trekking involved along the way but nothing impossible. Shortly beyond the world of bogs we eventually came through this insanely gorgous forrest whose pictures and descriptions cannot possible describe its beauty but I would say it is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. The colors, the air around us, the way the plants grew, everything was amazing.
Naviagation was a lot easier then it had been the previous day!
We got to the top of the blue hole and could see straint down. It was so clear out! Poor Sean even got a sun burn.
We looked around us at all the wackey plants... took some photos, and sat down and had a picnic at the rain gauge! Sean had brought bagles and cream cheese. I thought he was crazy when we were packing but was sooooo happy to have them when we were up there!!
We then explored the area like crazy! It was so beautiful!
Full 360. Click here for a larger version
We headed towards Kawaikini, the summit of Kauai itself! What is that on my pants? Left over remnants of the poncho I had duct taped to my pants. I have all the peices. Sean thinks I should tape them back up to use for the next trip up! The pants were great to have on the first day even though the did not last! Sean's pants did not last either!
After about 3 hours or so the fog started to move in a bit and it was getting late. 2 hours until dark. We hiked just under 2 hours out and made it to a pretty good site to sleep. We went to bed happy and felt pretty ready for the hike out the next day.When we woke up and set out, everything we learned on the way in made the hike out a breeze. The weather was a big foggy and wet that day. ...Arrow ...
...and made it out in less then 8 hours. A total of 9.5 hours from the summit back! AND Getting back to the car felt like a "summit" as well. Sean posed accordingly.See Gallery for more photos and fabulous views of Kauai that we got from up there!