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.
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:
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!