This is me smilling at the beginning of the hike (less and less smiling occurred as we progressed).
A nice hiker took pictures of us together.
This is me taking a well-deserved break.
In this picture you can see the napali coast pretty well.
There were a number of waterfalls and streams along the way which, although pretty, made the trail slippery and muddy!
See the lushness! (I think a huge theme of our time in Kauai was its extreme lushness!)
After two miles, we made to to Hanakapi'ai beach. Jesse thought it would be fun to take off our shoes and walk along the beach. I thought that was silly because then we would have wet sandy feet to put back into our shoes and hike 2 miles back so I said no thank you! He "made" me walk along the beach with my shoes on though, and made sure to keep me away from the waves . . . or not!
The tide was coming in and some of the waves were really strong and one freak wave came in and drenched us! I ended up with SOAKED shoes, socks, and sand everywhere! To add insult to injury, Jesse thought it would be funny to take a picture of my misery.
The worst part? Jesse's shoes and socks, which I carefully placed on a rock for him, were completely dry. (He was sweet enough to let me wear his socks on the treck back though, so he isn't heartless!).
Here is the waterfall that we had to cross twice (once to get to the beach and once to get back). Amazingly, we did so without falling in!
It was certainly beautiful!
If you want the details (how far, how fast, and an arial map of where we went), click on this link: Kee'e to Hanakapi'ai hike by jessedavidthomas at Garmin Connect - Details