It’s true, I don’t typically care for waterfalls. Blasphemous? They’re so dependent upon rain for their beauty (although I suppose we all are, so I shouldn’t be fickle); and across the majority of the U.S., if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen em all.
Well, in Hawaii, I was eager to see what the Big Island could offer. People raved about Akaka Falls, and they come with an impressive resume: the highest free-falling waterfall in the state (vs cascading onto different levels); and twice as high as Niagara Falls. Umm, did you say something about Niagara Falls? Nature and I took our relationship to a new level there.
That’s all I needed to hear. Akaka Falls: you and I are about to meet.
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Like most dating profiles, the sites boasting of Akaka Falls only focused on what they thought was the best feature: the falls themselves. They left out the rich detail that makes a person–and a space–special.
To me, the falls were an afterthought. Oh look, there’s water plummeting from very high over yonder. The true joy, nay glee, was on the path through the rainforest en route to the falls lookout.
Over the River and through the Bamboo Forest
NOW I understand why people are obsessed with bamboo. It’s tall and flexible (the way I like my men), rich with color and pattern, and grows densely yet independently (like New Yorkers). Click the pic to advance the slideshow.
Where the Exotic Things Grow
Wild orchids, growing wherever they please–not by intention in the botanical gardens. Leaves exponentially larger than my hands. Blooms that are strong and delicate at the same time (like me). Holy cow, Hawaii, you’re worth the money to come all the way here! Click the pic to advance the slideshow.
More Roots than You Can Shake a Stick At
You always remember your first Banyan tree…
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Would You Like to See the Falls Now?
They ARE pretty. I just liked everything else better.
Are you a waterfall person?
Let’s measure your interest: would you hike through mud to see a waterfall? (assuming you have the physical capability to do so)