The Road to Hana

Eh. Not much else I can really say about it. Some people rave about it, others hate it. I've never really heard anyone who's done the trip say they really enjoyed it and that it was a must do. I guess I should have taken their advice and skipped it. Parts of it were cool, in that you get to basically drive through a rain forest. And yes, there are some waterfalls that you can see from the road and yes, you can hike to others if you want to make a day of it. I won't say the trip was a complete waste of time, but I think there's a serious bang for your buck deficit here (and it's a free trip, minus the gas!). If you are looking for a scenic drive by the ocean with a waterfall, I'll take PCH between Cambria and Monterey with a stop by Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park any day of the week, hands down.

To make matters worse, we probably would have stopped driving the Hana Highway sooner, but we wanted to get to a really cool waterfall that our tour book showed call Blue Pond. Well, the road was flooded at one point since a stream was flowing over it. So we waded through a foot of water to cross, then walked the remaining 1.5 miles or so. Along the way we:

  • Got bit by a lot of mosquitos.

  • Saw a wild one-eyed dog walking along the path with his bigger brother or dad (and that was after we saw the tied up pit bull).

  • Saw lots of No Trespassing signs, which by the presence of the neighboring shacks and rusted out cars, signaled that death by aboriginee shotgun would follow if violated.

  • Got to the end to realize we had no way of getting to the waterfall since the river that dumps into the ocean at the base of the waterfall had really high water levels that day.

Awesome. We kind of sort of got a glimpse of the waterfall from some guy's front lawn but that's about it. Oh, and it was raining.

The really only impressive part of the trip was seeing a spider (pictured top left) at a roadside gift stand that Missy could only describe as the "most gnarliest and disgusting thing" she's ever seen. I leave it up to the reader to decide if she's right. But I agree with her.

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