Up up -- and away -- today!
Trip Start Nov 16, 2011
10Trip End Nov 27, 2011
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My group of 4 passengers got our pre-flight debrief at 9:00am. I had booked a 60-minute helicopter tour of the Island with Jack Harter Helicopters. All the guy beside me could mutter was how 5 persons went down last week on such a tour on the island of Molokai
It was windy yet the ride was quite smooth. I'd expected a much bumpier ride. Sitting where I was against a no-door (!), you could lean out and look right underneath the 'copter. Mmmm. So I tried putting my left foot outside on the step and immediately had the wind take my leg back! Mmmm. Better just stay put.
If there was only one tour to take, this is it. I couldn't wipe the smile off my face until about 2:30, I swear. People must have thought: "there goes that simpleton tourist from Canada" when I walked by. But the sights were that good: 1500' waterfalls -- like a cluster of them (The Wall of Tears) cascading over the edge of a crater that is covered in black rock and jungle now; turquoise ocean pounding the cliffs or rolling in a pipeline curl onto a beach.
After the helicopter ride, I drove up the east coast to Kapa'a, a small town
Along with the divorce.
I finished the day at Gillin's Beach, down here on the south side of the island. I counted 5 persons on the white sand that stretched around a wide bay, and 3 sailboarders skimming the rollers just off-shore. One in particular was memorizing how he'd accelerate up the front of a breaking wave to soar maybe 20' in the air.
Today, though, I got higher.