Today in Kauai we visited the Waimea Canyon also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. To me the canyon looked like a miniature Grand Canyon but with a lot of green plants all over it. It is much smaller than the Grand Canyon, only 26 miles across and 21 miles north to south, but it has tall mountains, deep canyons, rivers, and waterfalls. Captain Cook was the first one to set foot and discover Waimea Canyon 1778. What was so interesting about the canyon was its colors. The canyons colors were red, green, blue, gray and purple which was very attractive to me.
The canyon was carved thousands of years ago by numerous amounts of floods and rivers flowing down from the wettest point on earth of Mount Waialeale. It receives an average of 466 inches of rain each year. The lines in the canyon walls were made by eruptive volcanoes and lava flows that had occurred over the centuries.
We hiked the Canyon Trail up to the waterfall. In the beginning the trail was shady, cool, with great views. However, the last half a mile, the hike became very difficult because most of it was up hill and at times had also steep drops. Sometimes we also had to climb rocks. On the way we sang different songs. We also stopped at different viewpoints to see the canyon from different locations. At one of the viewpoints we even saw a wild goat!
When we finally got to Waipo'o Falls, we were so hot that we jumped into the very cold pool the waterfall made. Since it was the summer, the pool didn’t have much water in it. Waipo'o Falls is a fantastic waterfall on Kokee Stream dropping 800 ft.! We only went to the first fall and were too exhausted to go to the top and see the fall from the top. We still had a good time looking up from the bottom of the fall.
When we finally cooled down and had a picnic we trekked up the long way back. On the way back from Waimea we saw a rainbow. We saw four more rainbows that day. It was a marvelous day!
|Climbing down steep rocks to get to the waterfall|
|Swimming near the waterfall|
What interesting places have you hiked?