As soon as I saw the view, I couldn't believe I'd never done this hike before.
I’d heard about Crouching Lion not long after moving to Oahu, but was warned it was not for people afraid of heights. Always being a fairly cautious person, I figured I’d wait, and warm up to it.
After sitting in stop-and-go traffic for almost 45 min (thank you weekend construction), it felt so good to arrive and hit the trail. It gained elevation pretty fast, and before long we broke out into one of the most beautiful views on the island!
Honestly, I could've sat there all day just soaking it in, but half the fun is climbing the rocks, so after snapping a couple pics, we headed away from the ridge,toward the Crouching Lion itself.
Either I’m getting better about heights, or it really wasn’t bad, because I did completely fine climbing up the rocks! Of course I don’t recommend being stupid up there, but there was plenty of room to move around and enjoy the view without hugging the rock.
It was fun sitting there talking about life, watching the paragliders float over our head and the traffic pass below.
I saw people crawling up the ridge behind us, and decided that was going to be me, next time.
Lunch time rolled around, and we headed back down the hill, wrapping our adventure up with a delicious meal from Shrimp Shack, a couple miles down the road in Hauula.
I have to admit...It's become one of the places my mind wanders when I daydream, and I am already planning my return trip. But for now, I sit at my desk re-living it through my pictures.
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