Steep trails, slick rocks, and sticky red mud… Sound dangerous? Yeah, I thought so too. But we and 17,000 other tourists ignored our common sense and set aside a day to hike the Nā Pali Coast.
Located on the west side of Kauai, the sheer cliffs can only be accessed by helicopter, boat, or on foot. They hold lots of hiding gems, which lure visitors in to experience their beauty. Last year, we hiked 8 miles to play in the waterfall from Jurassic Park, but since it hurt to sit for two days after, I cut this year’s hike short to minimize the soreness!
Mom and I stopped at the beach 2 miles into the trail and waved good-bye to the other three as we snacked on M&Ms. After an hour of snapping photos and brushing ants off our feet, we started the hot climb back to the trailhead.
Eight bug bites and two mud tattoos later, my legs finally found level ground in the parking lot. As we dashed to the bathrooms (we definitely stayed hydrated!), I spotted two guys whacking the tops off of coconuts with a machete and selling the fresh drinks with a straw. They also offered guava popsicles—two of my favorite tropical flavors! (Which I ironically had already combined into my own dessert…)