I am finally getting to download my vacation pictures from Hawaii, and I thought it might be fun to give you a little glimpse into what my family and I do for fun. (these are my flickr pix of the trip)
My husband is a fanatical geocacher. (For more info see http://www.geocaching.com/ )
So while others might talk to you about Maui sunsets, weddings on beaches,or golfing, me, I got the the "cache tour" of Maui. We stayed in 3 different places (Kehei, then Wa'ianapanapa state park near Hana, and finally in Ka'anapali). This meant that we maximized our geocache-finding potential.
While Mark (the husband) found lots of geocaches, the geocaching highlight of the trip... well there were 2 highlights (hummm maybe lowpoints...:)
1. the " 4th waterfall or bust" cache
2. the "swim into the dark cave" cache
(I do not know the real names of these caches if you are looking for them on the website. I give them names based on my perspective as a 45-year-old totally-out-of-shape computer geekette mother of 2. )
The next piece of info is that my sister and her husband came to Hawaii with us. They have no kids. Just dealing with kids on vacation can be an ordeal, but no, we had to subject them to the "Hike past 4 waterfalls on the way to remote hana village with 2 kids and bugs and rocks mosquitoes and 2 downpours." This is kinda how it went:
We got up nice and early one day to drive from Kihei to Hana. The "Hana highway" is supposed to be a beautiful 3-hour incredibly scenic drive with lots of waterfalls and ocean views. Mark (remember, he's the husband) had already planned that we'd do this cache on the way. So we're supposed to hike into this rainforest and find a tupperware box hidden in the woods, based on some latitude and longitude coordinates from a web site. The "joy and reward" is simply to write your name in a log book and hide the box again. Off we go. All 6 of us. The mom, the dad, the older sister the youger sister, the aunt and the uncle.
We pass waterfall 1.
and waterfall 2
at waterfall 3 there's 20-ish foot cliff that you have to scramble up, with the help of a knotted rope. My brother-in-law took pictures but I certainly do NOT want to show you any of me-- by then filthy from the mud-- trying to haul my butt up over a mini-cliff while clinging to a muddy rope....
Once over the mini-cliff, we hop from rock to rock as we make our way up the stream bed. We get almost to the destination - but to actually GET to the cache, we need to swim across the pool of ice-cold water, climb up the rocks and walk over to yet another waterfall. So we did. All 6 of us. We left our backpacks on the shore and swam. (and yes it was raining!)
We're lucky nobody made off with the car keys and clothing. Mark found the geocache and made an entry in the log book. It took us about 2 hours to do this one hike. We originally had 6 planned for the day, but after that, we just drove the rest of the way to Wai-anapanapa state park and collapsed on our respective pools of mud. Geocache Higligh #2
This one was actually much easier, tho a bit more scary at first. Mark was prepared. He'd bought a waterproof headlamp so that he could swim into a lava-tube cave now filled with water, and then find the cache. Of course the kids wanted to go with him. So did Unlce Mike. The water was freezing. My sister and I stayed on shore and took pictures. (OK, then I jumped in and swam into the cave to check on the kids when they did not answer me. Just a little excitement... you think maybe your husband and kids have drowned in a cave.. kinda puts the whole F5 issue into perspective....)
.. and yes, that's the top of my head as I watch Uncle Mike and the 2 kids swim off into a cave. And they found the cache and it was "really cool."
... I hope you find the upcoming public beta "really cool" and I am sure you'll let me know what we can do to improve it!