Friday, March 27, 2009

Hawaii--Day 6

I convinced the girls to hike Diamond Head with me this morning. Diamond Head is a volcano that has been extinct for 150,000 years. The crater is 3,520 feet in diameter with a 760-foot summit. It is 0.7 miles, or about an hour to the summit and about a half-hour for the return (we made it up quicker than an hour).

The trail climbs the inside slope of the volcano steadily for about .6 miles, then steeply upward through a series of stairs and tunnels. The first staircase has 79 stairs and the last has 99. The second set continued from a long straight staircase into a spiral onward and upward into an old, World War II bunker. Then just when you think you can't take it anymore, the stairs end, and the magnificent vistas become visible all around you and you feel like you're on the top of the island.

Upon returning to our hotel after our hike, we headed back to the beach in the afternoon for our last full day in Oahu. We actually saw the guy who punched that other guy at the beach two days ago. He actually ended up in one of our pictures...
The beginning of our hike up Diamond Head.

We made it!

The three of us at the top of Diamond Head with the ocean in the background.

We got certificates saying we made it to the top!

Going back down was a LOT easier than going up!

There were two flights of killer stairs near the top. Here are the girls going down one flight of those stairs.

Part of the trail went through a tunnel. Brooke felt like she was in Disneyland's Space Mountain while walking through the tunnel.

More stairs!

I told the girls I would eat a piece of grass if they each called a friend from the top IF those friends did not know what Diamond Head was. They didn't let me off the hook...

I should have taken this picture before we were all sweaty but got it after our hike.

We went to the beach after our hike. Notice the boy giving the shaka sign in the background...

The guy holding the blue boogie board was the guy who punched that other guy two days ago. We were surprised to see him again. We are pretty sure the other guy provoked this guy because the guy that got punched was REALLY annoying!


Missty said...

Great trip review! I want to go back!!! whaa.


What a fun trip. I loved all your pictures. Just another reason if we go back active duty that I want to go to Hawaii!

Kim said...

ok........ i just have to say it.....But us Paulings want to know what happend to the TANKINI??????????

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