Yesterday afternoon proved to be the best yet. I wrapped up all work early and was free to enjoy a lazy afternoon with Husband. So we decided to not be too lazy. We had yet to walk over to the cliffs known as Jaws that are a stone's throw from our tiny abode. Why not take the opportunity?
We set out, single water bottle in hand, to see what the north coast has to offer. Now, remember, we come from the Land of Flat. Cornfields. Strip malls. In some places, not a hill to be seen for miles. That is not the case here. One of the best aspects of Upcountry I've observed so far is the way civilization has been kept at bay. People are integrated into the landscape, not the major focus. Mother Maui has allowed us critters to settle in her arms rather than overrunning her. It's gorgeous.
It also makes taking a stroll much more of a challenge. It took us only a few minutes to reach the end of our road and arrive at the path leading to the ocean. The distant waves didn't seem so distant. After a mere ten minutes of walking downhill, Husband made a most profound statement.
"This is really going to suck when we walk back."
Yep. Water bottles already empty, we (very intelligently) continued on. Twenty minutes later we arrived at the cliff, eyes feasting on what might be the most beautiful sight I've ever seen. We rested in the peace of it all, the ocean's heartbeat feeding our soul.
Don't worry, moms. I wasn't as close to the edge as it appears.
There were a few things we neglected when setting out on our journey. Short trip though it may be, we did not bring enough water. Sunscreen. A reapplication would have been smart. Insect repellent. Again, a reapplication would have been smart. But the most important thing we need was something we're going to have to acquire over time.
We definitely did not have that with us on the journey. Wheezing and struggling as we were traipsing back up to our little home, we were thankful we'd cut the smoking months ago. I think we'd still be passed out on that trail now if we hadn't. We made it back, but also made the decision to do the trek every day. With a bag packed containing more water, some healthy eats, and better mental preparation, we will set off again to find that elusive fourth ingredient we so desperately need - fitness. And probably a better camera than my iPhone at some point.