i met up with the gang yesterday for a morning hike. after three weeks without exercise, this was a great way to jump back in. the mau'umae trail is a ridgeline trail that starts right on the mau'umae ridge at the top of wilhelmina rise. typical of a ridge hike, this trail is a series of narrow, rocky ascents and descents. even as a novice hiker, i thought this trail was fairly simple. however, we only hiked an hour in, and i read that the end has more complex areas. sunny or rainy conditions would certainly heighten the challenge. still, the ups and downs and distance were enough to give me a good sweat. as one of the guys was [jokingly] grumbling about the ups and downs, another chimed in and compared it to life's ups and downs. guys can be so deep sometimes.
the start of the trail.
the trail is very narrow. in rainy conditions, it's not advised to go around puddles as the trail literally drops off in certain areas. you spend most of the time looking down, watching your step, that you miss out on the scenery.
one rest stop...the view of palolo valley behind me.
some of the rocky areas.
do you like to hike? what's your favorite way to get exercise?