Saturday, August 13, 2005

Great Hike / Back in CA

Well, as expected, the food from the Imu was fantastic! I ate and ate. And then I stopped because I ate too much. Here are David, Mark and John uncovering the food…

Preparing the food…

The food ready to be eaten. Yes, as I have said, it was delicious.

So on with the story. So on the 11th of August I flew from Kona to Honolulu in order to spend a day with my older cousin Ryan. He picked me up at the airport and we went to his house, ate some killa burritos, went for a drive and found ourselves in a place with a fantastic view of downtown Honolulu.

Diamond Head and Waikiki. Standard things to see when you are on tour. This is as close as I got, though.

Alright, so moving on to the really cool part of the day. After Ryan’s girlfriend, Britney, got off work, the three of us got in the car and drove to the east side of the island. We went to a trail that Ryan was familiar with and began a hike. The trail was covered with roots and leaves, so it was very slippery. We didn’t encounter anyone the entire time. Halfway through the hike we came across a very interesting place. It appears that during WWII the U.S. military constructed pillboxes at the back of this valley. However, we were perplexed as to why they chose to build them at that particular spot. There was no view of the ocean, in was deep in the forest and the view of the sky was partially obstructed by mountains. Finally Britney suggested that they may have been built for training purposes.

It was amazing to see how the forest had just destroyed the concrete. The buildings almost looked as if they had been shelled, but it was just the work of the trees.

Well, we finally reached a beautiful pool in the middle of the forest. We all went for a swim. Such a great feeling little pool. I’ll probably come down with some sort of rash now. Hehe.

And here is a pretty picture of a dam that we walked over to get back to the car.

After the hike, we went and had some fabulous Greek food, then we returned to Ryan and Britney’s place and went to bed. I woke up the next morning, went to breakfast with Ryan, than was driven back to the airport so that I could catch my flight.

Got to CA. Saw house. Went to reunion and wrote this post while Olivia, Ralph, Diego and Ed played a 2 hour game of Uno.

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