I had such well intentioned plans – every day I was going to hike all day and come home and write a short post about the hike at night. Apparently, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. No posts for days. But not for lack of material. The hikes and scenery have been exotic, craggy, lava strewn, green, lush and visually stunning. Our hikes have taken us past total extremes in landscape.
Each day of hiking begins the same way. We mean to get up and get going early…really early this time! After farting around and losing stuff and changing our minds and generally wasting time, we finally get on the road … and drive to Starbucks. We stop at Starbucks to get our morning jolt and because Marianna has a $100 Hawaii Starbucks card – that requires another post to explain.
Today we hiked in a huge botanical garden. Situated on lush 400 acres in Kaneohe, at the foot of the majestic Ko'olau Mountain Range, the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden is a peaceful park (and dense jungle!) that is home to hundreds of plant species, divided into geographical regions as diverse as the Philippines, Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Tropical America, Polynesia, Melanesia and Hawaii. There are miles of roads, paths and tracks to be explored…and we did! It was overwhelming to be walking through such an abundance of flora and fauna.