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Skinny vs. the Volcano

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

While in Hawaii, you can't NOT visit a volcano, and what better way to see one than to...Hike it. I hiked the Diamond Head volcano with my BFF's daughter (AB), she was such a great tour guide the whole time I was there, and she was willing to take me to do lots of things and better than that...she was willing to do it with me, even though she's hiked Diamond Head several times, what a girl. We got there about 10 and boy was it a hot one already, sheesh, how hard could it be? I mean I consider myself fairly physically fit, but the heat can and will knock you back down to earth and let you are not in shape for this kind of weather, so take it slow and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Off we go with my new hibiscus fanny pack, filled with water bottles and camera of course. The five-mile race I ran two days earlier was at the base of this volcano but I had not done my homework on the hike, so I didn't know what I was in store for and besides....I love adventures.

The path was winding, very rocky, had to be careful where you stepped so you didn't twist and ankle, quite a nice hike thus far, a few shady spots for a breather from the hot sun, and AB says we are almost at the top - yeah. Then she points and says "look at all these steps" - my jaw dropped to the ground. All I could think about was how bad my hamstrings and buttocks would probably be killing me the next day after climbing up all those (175 steps) super hamstring/buttock workout coming right up, ready or not - didn't know I was being treated to that kind of a workout.

I made it up the steps, no problem (glad no one had a spy camera on me or timing me to see how long it took, lol), we made it to the top.

What a view of Waikiki in the background. I had to zoom in closer.

WOW, that was worth the climb. The hike down was harder than the hike up, had to put on the brakes using those quads, I figured they would be sore too, but I was totally fine the next day, no soreness at all. The hike up was only 3/4 of a mile and the top was 762 feet and it took us about 2 hours for the whole experience, it sure seemed a lot higher than 762 feet.

At the park exit there was a truck selling shave ice, lemon-lime for me please, it's been a million years since I've had a "snow cone" but we sure needed something icy after that, the vendor was even giving out wet, frozen paper towels to cool you off - that sure came in handy to wipe the sweaty brow....Ahhhhhhh.

I am so glad to have been in shape for a hike, if I would have visited Hawaii 5 years ago, my story would not have included hiking volcanoes, what a great experience, so happy to have had the opportunity. Hawaii was fantastic thus far, and only day 4 of 14.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JLITT62 6/24/2013 9:10AM

    Catching up with ya!

I think you made a really wise decision about the race. I'm still battling off & on knee problems since my last HM & have had to resort to wearing a knee brace sometimes when I run - which I hate, but I hate being in pain more!

I wear contacts so I have to get my eyes examined evey yr. I'm crossing my fingers that it's NOT diabetes, but if it is, all that hard work is notin vain - I'll bet you it would be much worse if you hadn't turned your life around.

Still crossing fingers it's just cataracts - that's a pretty easy surgery!

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BILL60 6/20/2013 5:50PM

    Way to go, Stud!! There's absolutely no holding you back. So, when is that biking century coming?

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SHARON10002 6/19/2013 11:20PM

    Wow, what a workout! Don't know if I could have made all of those stairs! I love Waikiki. We lived on Oahu for 3 years and our son was born there. If you still have some more days, I highly recommend hiking (or driving) up to Round Top. Your friend will most likely know about it. That's an even more spectacular view! Also, if the Cazimero Brothers are playing anywhere - they used to play at the Royal Hawaiian and the Ala Moana Hotel, I hihly recommend going to see their show for a TRUE piece of Hawaiian culture and music.
Thanks for posting your pictures. Brings back many wonderful memories.

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2HAMSDIET 6/18/2013 5:35PM

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LISAINMS 6/18/2013 3:12PM

    Great photos! It is a great NSV to realize that changing your life enabled you to see something that you would not have seen before.

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SUEAZZI 6/18/2013 12:47PM

    I love adventure! emoticon Adventure + workout = pricelessness! Hiking up a volcano... so awesome! I've hiked Blue Hills through my years but would love something a little more challenging, it's on my bucket list! Go Skinny! emoticon

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MOMMACASSEY 6/18/2013 10:57AM

    Aw, stairs do sound like work when a hike sounds like outdoor fun!

Good to know you weren't sore! Way to go!

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MZSLYDE01 6/18/2013 10:36AM

    Just liking ya

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MZSLYDE01 6/18/2013 10:36AM

    Oh man how awesome. Those stairs look a bit scary though. Sheesh they are soooooo narrow. I might have tripped knowing how clumbsy I am.
What an awesome view though - I would have attempted for that view.
And you say you are wanting to work on your tan more this week - You are already dark lady. I am pasty white compared to you.
Another thing I am noticing - Look at how clean it looks - the city and the water.... WOW... NICE

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MYLADY4 6/18/2013 9:58AM

    How fun!!!! I hear you about the heat, it can be so draining.

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SAMI199 6/18/2013 9:44AM

    emoticon What a view!

emoticon I love your sense of adventure.

emoticon on being in such great shape-those look like a lot of stairs.

emoticon for sharing your trip -it looks amazing & so do you.

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COFFEEMUG2009 6/18/2013 9:41AM


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LADYJ6942 6/18/2013 9:36AM

    Awesome, enjoy

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TRAINER_T 6/18/2013 9:22AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing I didn't even know this was there when I was on Maui last year! What fun, you totally RAWKED it girl emoticon emoticon

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1HOTMAMA2BE 6/18/2013 9:20AM

    Dang! Wish I could have gone with you! Great job and what a great trip!!! emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 6/18/2013 9:17AM

    Wow, what a view. Great job!!

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ANGEL32192 6/18/2013 9:12AM

  That is soooo awesome! GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!! Looks AMAZING! That is on my bucket list!!!!!

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THATGIRL0515 6/18/2013 9:10AM

    You don't need no stinking T-Shirt to prove it!

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NKING1982 6/18/2013 9:10AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Glad you enjoyed the hike, and enjoy the rest of your time!

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FUSCHIA6 6/18/2013 9:08AM

    Way to go! What a perfect way to get your exercise in & to remind yourself of how far you have come. Celebrate this victory!
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MYUTMOST4HIM 6/18/2013 9:03AM

    My family hiked St Helens in Washington state back in 96 or 97 and visited gift shops that sold souvenirs made out of ash - it was neat

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