Manoa Falls, Hawaii


CLASSIC: because when there is a skinny waterfall, you take this photo.

It was a spur of the moment decision to visit this magnificent place. 

The logic was basically “I’ve spent a day relaxing and I’m bored now”.

So I did zero research other than glance at trip advisor to ensure participants of the hike had come out alive, then rang up and booked a spot on the next available trip.

That might not seem well thought out but sometimes when time is short and the stakes are low, you just need to make a call.

It turned out to be one of the nicest days in Hawaii. Particularly exciting, is the fact they filmed bits of Jurassic Park there. Naturally I spent a large portion of the hike conjuring up dinosaur scenes in my head, hiding in trees, pretending they were chasing me etc.

It’s not a difficult hike to the falls. You definitely do not need to take a guided tour here. In saying that, our guide was great. She taught us about the plants and gave us a history of Hawaii. Their history is amazing.  There’s no poisonous plants or animals here because the islands have never needed to defend themselves! Biology and evolution are mind blowing. 

She also told us about how the water in the falls is currently carrying some sort of deadly bacteria so you’re not supposed to swim in it. There are signs but there were still a bunch of people swimming. I was tempted until one girl got out with a cut and our guide told her to see a doctor immediately because there was a good chance the deadly flesh eating (I didn’t confirm it was flesh eating but it probably was) bacteria would make her very ill. 

There’s just something special about hiking in a Hawaiian rainforest. It’s 30 degrees, all humidity. A time for skimpy tops and care free surf hair. 

On the way back to base I made sure I took a minute to really soak up the moment. To commit all the little details to memory. 



Microadventure challenge



PROOF: This is my bib number for City2Surf. Just in case you didn't believe I was fully committed to registering, training, and running as my August adventure.

PROOF: This is my bib number for City2Surf. Just in case you didn’t believe I was fully committed to registering, training, and running as my August adventure.

I’ve had a full time job for three whole months now, as a regional journalist on the NSW South Coast.
It’s pretty cool. I get to come to work, go out an be professionally nosy about the cool things that happen in a small community, then sit down and get paid to write about it. The downside (let’s be honest, there always is one…) is that I am working all day, and I no longer have the luxury of jetting off somewhere whenever I feel like it.

It is for this reason, that I am committing to the micro adventure challenge. This is a concept that I discovered fromĀ Alastair Humphrey’s, who runs a blog dedicated to busy people who need a little more adventure in their lives.
It involves doing one challenge a month, in order to break what I, affectionately refer to, as the eat couch sleep cycle.

A cycle that I am quite fond of, and practise most afternoons, after work.

The challenge is to go out and have an adventure every month. You need to do something challenging that you wouldn’t normally consider doing. You need to make time for it, you need to be committed to it and you need to stop making excuses as to why you were sitting on the couch all weekend marathoning the entire Netflix movie catalogue when you could have been making exciting memories.

I am leaving the definition of adventure for loose interpretation. For example, I do not consider camping in winter an adventure, I consider it a nightmare. So to clarify, this is not something I will be doing.
I will however, be training for the City2Surf run in Sydney as my August adventure and aiming to take a fishing trip, because I have never been before. I may also consider, a summer camping trip.
I will take 10 challenges starting in June then end the challenge with a big adventure over two months, this time next year, in America on a road trip from New York to Los Angeles via the Southern states which, as it happens, I have conveniently booked earlier today.
So cheers to a year of adventures, because working full time should never stand in the way of living, adventuring and exploring the world.