The start of our “roughing it” Camping trip! Whooo! 🙂 And what an adventure we got ourselves into.
The last national park we had been to, was Haleakala National Park, in Maui, Hawaii. I was kind of assuming it was similar to Haleakala in the sense there wouldn’t be much civilisation. Your means of supplies, are what you BRING in. So, we had stocked up at Pak N’ Save, (with no cooking supplies). As we drove into the park, I myself was shocked to see it was an actual town with a train station, a couple of restaurants, and one general store.
We spent 2.5 days here.
The first day we went swimming in fresh glacier water (mostly to wake ourselves up. We were both running on an hour of sleep in 48 hours) and then we hiked to Devil’s Punchbowl Falls. The waterfall was awesome! I’ll admit, we went out to dinner that night. So much for roughing it our first night, 😉 We also met a fellow American at dinner. He was from somewhere on the East coast. I always get excited meeting another American, especially in the middle of nowhere. After dinner, we passed out, hard. Well, kind of. We set up camp next to the train station, so really how hard can you pass out with all that noise? We did wake up to the glorious music of Kea Parrots chatting with one another. If you’ve heard these birds, you’ll know it’s NOT enjoyable listening to them at 4 a.m. 🙂
The second day, we wanted to go for a nice hike, but weren’t sure which one to do. Thinking we probably would do a 3 hour (ish) hike, we only brought one camel back of water, and sparse snacks. We ended up on Avalanche Peak. The American guy we chatted with at dinner the night before, had mentioned he was doing this hike in the morning, and it was supposed to be epic. About 2.5 hours into it, we were sure we had reached the top, but then we looked up and saw TINY little dots moving across a peak, and realised “oh my hell, THAT’S the top???”. It was probably the hardest hike I’ve ever been on. About 4.5 hours into it, we finally reached the top. IT WAS SO WORTH IT. I can’t even describe how breathtaking it was up there. Surrounded by mountains, canyons, and snow cliffs.
We had lunch next to a Kea Parrot, who then decided to fly off into the canyon with my new hat. What a little shit. I hope he’s made a nice nest out of it. After resting a bit, we made our way back down. You had the option of taking a different route down, so we decided to take that. It was not enjoyable. We were basically rock climbing the whole way down. After that 8 hour hike, our legs were jelly. We then treated ourselves to another dinner out. 🙂