What Happens When You Walk a Little Farther?

When I first became pregnant, I was oh-so-sick -- and it lasted for 7 months!! At the beginning, it hasn't gotten to its worst stages, so moving around in nature was still feasible for me. One evening, after I dropped my future husband at the airport to go to Thailand (a trip he planned before he met me), I decided to go for a walk in my neighborhood at dusk. 

I lived in a beautiful ohana 1-bedroom apartment mauka  (mountain) side, the rainiest spot on the planet, Mt. Waiale'ale my backdrop. As I sauntered up to the end of the street, I came across an open fence and a stretch of road that I wasn't sure was private property or not. There are so many signs that say "Private Property" here and huge plots of land with waterfalls and other natural splendors that can't be accessed because they are technically owned by someone. Although, according to Hawaiian law, no one can own the beaches!

I decided that night to be a rebel and just see what was beyond this simple chain link fence. It looked like a grassy outcropping with a great view of the valley. When I got to the end, I discovered wooden steps stuck into the grass, almost like they magically appeared.  

So, I followed them...

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And realized they led to these epic views: 

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In addition to a waterfall! It made my night. Today, baby fell asleep in the car and while we generally try to get home as soon as possible to transport her, she's been having such a rough go of nighttime sleeps, waking up almost every hour. We're trying to figure out why (could be about to pop her first tooth!) but it's been very challenging, so we wanted to give her as much rest as possible. We drove from Kapaa to Lumahai and started to make our way back in anticipation of her waking and being hungry.

"Should we stop by my old place?" I asked my husband in the backseat.  

We both looked at baby. She was starting to wake and would soon be hungry. He nodded yes. 

 When I was very sick, I would walk out of my house in Kalihiwai for some air. There was a goat at the property beside mine and for some reason, she provided me comfort -- likes wasn't alone and it would eventually be okay. When we drove back today, I saw that there was a male goat now too. And, a baby goat! Maybe that's why I felt like she got it -- she was going through the same life changes! 

When I was very sick, I would walk out of my house in Kalihiwai for some air. There was a goat at the property beside mine and for some reason, she provided me comfort -- likes wasn't alone and it would eventually be okay. When we drove back today, I saw that there was a male goat now too. And, a baby goat! Maybe that's why I felt like she got it -- she was going through the same life changes! 

After I fed our littun, we ventured to our secret path.

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 Baby is discovering ferns. 

Baby is discovering ferns. 

 It's slippery out here and, while I was worried for baby, my husband does Parkour and would never let anything happen to her if he can control it. 

It's slippery out here and, while I was worried for baby, my husband does Parkour and would never let anything happen to her if he can control it. 

 Steam to waterfall. 

Steam to waterfall. 

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 Wilder really enjoyed the outing -- living up to her name! 

Wilder really enjoyed the outing -- living up to her name! 

 The Fox Force Trio playing in Nature! 

The Fox Force Trio playing in Nature!