Hanging Out at Kalalau Beach
Trip Start Feb 28, 2008
16Trip End Mar 16, 2008
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While we were sitting on the beach, a helicopter flew around from the cliff and landed right on the grass by the beach. Wow, that was a big surprise. Apparently, they drop off workers that pick up garbage and clean out the out houses, a thankless job, indeed. The workers said they were picking up about a month's worth of garbage. You might be wondering where all this garbage comes from. There are a lot of "hippies" more like "squatters" that live on the beach or up the valley and we think some of the garbage comes from them. But the majority of the garbage comes from people that hike in with stupidly heavy equipment that they decide they don't want to carry back and so they leave it. Then the helicopters come back and pick up the bags of garbage, hauling them out from a long cable. They came back two more times, once to pick up the garbage and the third time to pick up the workers. It was really strange to be so far away from civilization and have a helicopter land so close to you. I got a video of the helicopter lifting off with the bag of garbage.
We thought about hiking up the Kalalau valley trail, but Dave's feet were covered with blisters, a common problem for him. So, we decided to wait until the next day. For dinner we had our ramen salad, it was really good and so easy to make. We'll have to do that again for a hiking meal. We didn't have to cook anything.
The sunset was fantastic! One of the prettiest I've seen. I took a number of pictures.