Hiking, backpacking, and camping throughout Southern California and beyond

Short Hiatus - Hawaii and small injury

I went to Hawaii on vacation and really enjoyed the Big Island. It was hard to keep my eyes from going to the peaks and mountains. It looked like a great place to do some serious hiking and camping. On the way from Hilo to Waikaloa, we were able to stop at a small black sand beach called Punalu'u Beach. Due to the high winds, the waves were pretty vigorous, but the main draw for this beach is the near certainty that you will be able to spot sea turtles there. Within a minute of reaching the shore, we spied two turtles swimming in the shallow rocky area, eating algae. Looking a little further we saw another one inching its way up onto the warm sand for a nap in the sun.

Later, while wading on the other side of the beach, we spied 5 more turtles, playing in the surf. It was truly a great experience.

However, at a different beach, I cut my foot on some coral while trying to swim closer to a sea turtle. I need to heal a little bit before I restart my peak bagging.

Sea Turtle on Punaluu Beach

Mount Gower - Peak #6

Woodson Mountain - Peak #5