This is the final blog about the hike we took on 11/4/12 in the Koke'e State Park area on the island of Kauai. If you've been reading the blogs, you may have the impression we hiked for 3 days and covered 20 miles but actually, it was maybe 4-5 miles and we were moving somewhat slowly with a number of breaks to look around so spent about 2-1/2 hours on the hike, more or less. There were sections where we went our usual 3mph hiking speed but because we had to navigate a lot of tree roots across the trails and stopped to admire plants, trees and the overall area, we probably averaged more like 2mph or maybe even less overall.
At any rate, here's the last tiny section of our trail that leads to a spur road connecting back to the 'main road,' which is called Mohihi road.
Lots of beautiful flowers along this section.
The little spur road is almost like a driveway - its main purpose is to provide access to some of the remote cabins in this area. The cabins are on land owned by the state and the families that 'own' the cabins have a leasehold status, renewed every 10-20 years. There's been some discussion over whether to continue the leaseholds but at this point it hasn't totally been resolved. More about that issue in a later blog.
Beautiful ginger flowers
Loads of blue floers - not sure if the first picture will do justice to them but gives you an idea of how thick the foliage is in the area - the second picture is obviously a closeup of the actual flowers dotting throughout the first one.
There were loads of colors - here are some white flowers
Some of the giant red fuschias
More pink flowers
I think this might be an elderberry tree - or at least something related
Here's one of the cabins in the forest on state leasehold land in Koke'e
And another cabin
This is a look at Mohihi Road, which gets a LOT of traffic considering it's a remote dirt road on a remote island!
This is a truly STUNNING flower and the photo cannot begin to do justice to the colors - just magnificent!
Some yellow flowers
Three different types of flowers here
And a closeup of two of the flowers from the previous picture
Lots of edible greens - these are very similar to something we have where I live that's called Miner's Lettuce
We parked right next to these trumpet flowers
Someone had picked these flowers and obviously dropped them by accident - too bad but they really belong to the forest so just as well.
And I think all the flower pictures are a great place to end this blog about our hike in Koke'e on 11/4 - it wasn't the only hike we took in the area, however, so I'll post a few other blogs, including one telling you more about the cabins in Koke'e with pictures of the one that's been in my husband's family for more than 100 years. Hope you are enjoying this virtual vacation in Kauai and I sincerely hope you will find a way to visit this garden paradise in person someday - it's well worth the effort in my opinion and we are already planning not one, not two but MULTIPLE trips back to this gorgeous place!!!