Just squeaking in a last minute contribution to our weekly theme--high perspective photography. I've had a pretty restless travel schedule and haven't actually been home in over a year. I'm feeling a little homesick, so I thought I would share a photo or two of this magical wonderland I miss on a daily basis.
My island has a very diverse climate, you can find everything from the hot arid desert to freezing icy mountain peaks. Hamakua coast, however, is my favorite. There's lots of gulches to explore, breathtaking ocean views, humbling mountain views, and (my favorite part) the most beautifully vibrant and lush rainforest a girl like me could dream of.
Some days, I'm not sure why I ever leave the island at all. :)
Above is one of the most popular views on my side of BI. Waipiʻo Valley. This is a very sacred valley and is sometimes called the Valley of Kings. The photo was taken from the overlook, about 2000 feet (610 m) above sea level. There's a road leading into the valley, but is only accessible by experienced drivers and a 4-wheel drive vehicle is an absolute necessity. The road drops 800 vertical feet over the course of about 0.6 miles, making an average grade of 25%--steeper in certain parts of the road!
The drive isn't for the faint of heart. It's especially sketchy when you one car is going down the road while another is going up--it's essentially a one lane road with a valley wall on one side and a sheer drop off on the other. In fact, there are a couple skeletons of cars on the valley floor that went over the edge, left there to serve as a reminder to use caution and respect. The difficulty to access keeps a lot of tourists from visiting the valley, but maybe this isn't such a bad thing.
Another popular attraction, and one that's much more accessible to tourists is Akaka Falls. You can see it in the photo below, but I assure you, none of the photos in this post will do any of these places justice. They are definitely something that needs to be experienced in person. Fortunately, I'm lucky enough to be able to walk to this marvelous 442 feet (135 m) waterfall from my house.
Have any of you visited Hawaii before? Which islands? They're all very different and have a personality and vibe all their own. Big Island is my favorite, but I love all of them.
Okay, friends, that's all I have for you now. If you haven't had a chance to enter into the weekly theme yet, you still have a little time. Entries close on Sunday night--check here for full details.