Hiking Again

I finally have pictures of beautiful scenery to post! Woo hoo! I’ve been busy with school preparations (and sick) for the last few of weeks, so I haven’t taken any time to do some sort of nature thing. But finally yesterday, I went on a hike.

I went to the Kings Highway trail, also called Hoapili trail. It’s way south of Kihei, at the end of the road. In 2013, I went there many times. It was fun to go back.

There were of course beautiful views of the ocean:

It was so blue.

It was so blue.

I went farther than I ever did before, and was rewarded by some cool sights. The end point of the trail is a beach that the lava missed. It’s mostly white coral. It was cool:

The beach had many piles of stones on it. Some of them were artsy looking. One in particular looked like an unfinished igloo.

There was a black pillow inside to lay your head on.  I didn't try it.

There was a black pillow inside to lay your head on. I didn’t try it.

The stone igloo also had a “campfire” with red coral for the flames:

A little farther on was a view of Haleakala, and the trail the lava took as it ran down the mountain. It was really cool.

It looks like liquid, but it's really stone.

It looks like liquid, but it’s really stone.

I think I was only hiking for two or three hours, but when I got home, I fell sound asleep. It was a nice, exhausted sleep. I think I will hike some more in the future.

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3 Responses to Hiking Again

  1. Deborah says:

    Very nice! I’m glad you were able to do that.

  2. Lauren says:

    Ahhhh…. soul restoring…..

    I like those rock piles very much. If I ever visit you, we’ll have to make a rock design. 🙂

  3. Carol says:

    Thank you for sharing a travelogue of sorts of your hike. Now I feel I’ve been without expending any sweat equity 😉 . Lovely scenery – another reason to praise God daily for the marvels of creation, eh? Enjoy!

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Birthday Desk

I couldn’t post about this yesterday because of the piano, but on Wednesday, one of the eighth graders had a birthday. Her classmates decorated her desk before school in the morning. It was spectacular!

Pictures, window clings, candy, and a crown.

Pictures, window clings, candy, and a crown.

My favorite picture was this one:

Ha! Sloths are always fun!

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Last weekend, I saw a piano on Craigslist. I drove Upcountry to check it out, and decided that even though it sounded kind of rough, I would take it, because the owner was donating it to school. It was free! Woo hoo!

I went to get it along with some volunteers yesterday. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to carry it, but it worked out. Yay! I’m so grateful to the guys who helped carry it.

Josh is wearing flip-flops and walking backward while he lifts a piano.

Josh is wearing flip-flops and walking backward while he lifts a piano.

I won’t be able to use it until it’s tuned, but I’m so happy to have it in my room!

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Chapel Day

We had our first chapel of the year today. It was great. The singing wasn’t as hearty as I remember, but maybe they just need to get warmed up. I’m doing choir for middle school, so I’ll get a chance to sing songs with them in a small-group setting. I’m looking forward to it.

This was our first song.

This was our first song.

The seventh grade is Chapel Buddies to the second grade. I sat next to and behind two second graders. They were super-cute and we introduced ourselves. The one next to me noticed I was wearing Converse brand shoes. She was wearing Converse too, and was delighted. 🙂

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I haven’t seen it rain in Kihei since I moved here. It’s pretty dry there. But on Monday, it rained in Kahului. And it was more than a sprinkle. It happened right as school was starting.

Since that rain, I’ve been distracted every time I get into my truck. It has polka-dots! The rain beaded up and left little spots of dirt all over my truck. I’m not sure if it’s just dust from the windy days I’ve experienced, or if it’s ash from the volcano on the Big Island. Sometimes the ash mixes with fog and they call it “vog”.
Volcanic smoke/ash + fog = vog

Whatever the case, I really should wash my truck. I had such a nice detail job a month ago. I should really work to keep it good looking.

I can't imagine this is very good for the finish.

I can’t imagine this is very good for the finish.

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