Met up with our friend, Terre (another NY to Hawaii transplant) for some easy hiking at Makapuu Lighthouse. But according to our trusty "Oahu Trails" guidebook, at some point you can veer off the path, down some serious cliffs, all the way to the ocean. okayyy... why not? It was steep and a little scary and a bit of a thigh/calves workout. I was moaning and groaning until i saw some 7 year old climb up the same rocks. I shut up after that. Our prize at the bottom? A blowhole, mini-waterfall, reefs, slippery rocks, sardines, sea urchins, and a couple of swimable tidal pools! It was freezing and the waves were pushing us into the rocks, but that's a natural Jacuzzi for ya. Afterwards, we headed back onto the trail and finished the leisurely walk to the original destination.. the lighthouse!
Later that night, all the calories we burned off got put back on (and then some) with...Chili's Molten Chocolate Lava cake (with vanilla ice cream) only 1270 calories. Mmmmm.