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 know...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)....one 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.