Back and forth and back and forth again

Trip Start Aug 17, 2003
Trip End Sep 03, 2003

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Saturday, August 23, 2003

Sze & I got up early this morning and packed up camp. We headed to Hanna Bay so that we could have a hot cup of coffee at Tutu's. Then we were off to Kipahulu to set up camp at Oheo where the Seven "Sacred" Pools are. Apparently, they were never sacred, but it sounds nice anyway.

We paid the $10 admission fee to the national park and then found a pay phone. It had been three days since we'd had cell phone service and it felt like it was about time to make sure no clients were freaking out and that no school emergencies had arisen. Fortunately, all was well so we drove on to the campsite.

The campsite was nice because we could just drive right up to the spot we wanted instead of having to park and carry all of our crap. This place has no showers or running water, just a port-a-potty (which I heard was really, really gross) and a compost toilet. The compost toilet was pretty clean but there is a disconcerting breeze that blows up from the depths of the toilet as you perch yourself above it.

It occurred to us that we still had no charcoal and that it sure would be nice be able to start a fire in under an hour. We had read about this store in Kaupo about 8 miles away.

We decided to give that a try. We drove for 45 minutes on a windy, bumpy, dusty road before we got to the Kaupo Store. Sadly, they had no charcoal and really not much of anything besides snacks.

Annoyed and disappointed we got back in the Jeep and drove 45 minutes back to camp. Still in need of charcoal we figured that we should just go back to Hana which meant another 45 minutes each way. The trip to get charcoal took over three hours. Fortunately the road from Oheo to Hana is beautiful and we got to see pretty waterfalls along the way.

We decided to cool off by checking out the Seven Pools when we got back to Oheo. So did about a million other people. The parking lot that was almost completely empty when we arrived earlier this morning was full by the time we got back. Cars were lined up to get in. The pools were filled with tons of tourists scrambling over the rocks, some on all fours. Really not a pretty sight. Certainly not peaceful or serene. We joined the ruckus and climbed over the rocks and people and into one of the pools. We were able to swim across the pool to a waterfall. Sze swam back for the camera and I posed with the waterfall for her before jumping off of a cliff into the water.

On our way back to camp Sze bought a national park passport and got it stamped. We saw lots of other places that we'd like to visit like Alaska and Yellowstone.

Back at camp we made dinner with a charcoal fire. This took a lot less time than our firewood method and so we were in bed before the sun went down.

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