The way NOT to go to the beach!

Yesterday was our first full day in Hawaii, so we decided to go search out the Green Sand Beach. We drove an hour to South Point, and on down to the beach parking lot. There were a bunch of locals offering rides down to the actual beach for $15 per person, round trip. In the back of old pickups. They warned us it was a 3 mile walk down, but we thought that for the group of 4, we didn’t want to pay the $60. And how hard could the walk really be? Weren’t they exaggerating the walk so they could make money off the tourists? So off we went. In sandals. (Not flip-flops, thank goodness.) On the rocky side of Hawaii. It’s a real good thing it was partly overcast or the sun would have been brutal. The trail was through a lava rock field, so the walk was very rocky, but it was a path/road made by the many vehicles that had made the trek.

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Well, as it turns out, it would have been worth the $15 per person! The one thing that kept us going was the thought of getting in the water once we got there. Only to be denied! The trek just to get down to the water was a little daunting and after the hike we had just made:
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And here is the beach we hiked to see. We weren’t that impressed. And the sand wasn’t as green as we hoped.
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Sure, it was pretty. But was it worth the hour-and-a-half hike to get here? We thought not. So we took a little break, found a couple of rocks to sit on that weren’t so sharp as to tear our pants – or bottom – and then chose to find a route back that might save us a little time. We chose the high road. 😄

We made it back in about an hour, being able to find a road that cut off a lot of the meandering along the water. (There we no beaches along the way to reach the water, so there was no desire to follow along there again.) Patty finished the hike sporting 5-6 blisters. Chuck’s knee and lower back were aching, and my feet felt bruised from walking on so many rocks. Dan was in the best shape of all of us, but suffering from lack of food. We had no intention of being away from the car and our cooler that long. One thing we can say is that we had an adventure our first day!
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You can see the wind only blows one way - all the time!

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About Cindy

I am a wife to a wonderful hubby and mother of fraternal twin boys (born 6/28/1998). I enjoy family vacations/travels, my photography and acrylic painting hobbies, and anything else I feel like writing or sharing!
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2 Responses to The way NOT to go to the beach!

  1. J Pontius says:

    So sorry you started out your week with such a disappointing excursion. Someone sold you a bill of goods that wasn’t worth it! Didn’t think Hawaii had so many con artists! Hope the rest of your week is much better!

    • Cindy says:

      If nothing else, we have a story to tell and pictures to share. ☺ Unfortunately, Patty is the one suffering the most. Today, Saturday, we are going for a relaxing, lazy day. (Yesterday morning, we had to drive over to the other side of the island to the Hilo International Airport for our helicopter tour of the volcano.)

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