When we first moved here, we read about this EASY paved hike to see the lighthouse at Makapu’u. Our jogging stroller had not made it to the island and it was lightly raining when we arrived at the parking lot, but we still trudged on, with mommy wearing John in the ergo. We made it about halfway up (to the whale viewing spot). John was screaming, wanting both out of the ergo and out of the wind and rain. It was miserable. I ended up running the entire way back downhill. John screamed the whole way down. The looks people gave ranged from sympathy to complete disgust. “But I’m so nice!!!”
A couple days later I bought a used stroller from a lady I’ve since grown to really like. She’s moving off island tomorrow. Booo!!! Anyhow, after 10 months, we decided to give it another try. Brendon has been asking to go on a hike recently and quickly packed a backpack with coloring books, markers, a few toys and water, “you know, in case I get thirsty”.
I was so impressed with both boys. They walked 80% of the way uphill. The weather was perfect, which definitely helped. We did bring the double BOB for the inevitable and bribed John with a lollipop to ride in the buggy on the way down. It was an easy sell.
As per usual, there are tourists, local fitness enthusiasts, and even a cyclist wearing a Santa hat over his helmet doing loops up and down the path, accompanied by Christmas music. He was on his fourth “lap” as we left. We hiked with a group of older folks, since they indulged Brendon’s talking ways. “Can I tell you somethin’?” is his catch phrase of 2014.
Now we see, if you are prepared, it is EASY! Isn’t that usually the case? There are many off road hiking paths originating from the paved one. Something to try next time, when we don’t have the minis.