Twin Falls

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I was itching to get the kids out of the house and I wanted to take them somewhere they had never been before.  We met up with some friends and hit the road.

It had been 10+ years since I had been to Twin Falls.  I was shocked at how different it was…different in a mixed feelings kind of way.  Back in the day, people hardly even knew where to pull over on the highway.  You could find a handful of cars parked on the side of the road and that would be your marker to know you have arrived.   There was a skinny trail that you would have to push your way through the ever overgrowing bush.  The secret trails were barely noticeable.  We would have to go with our gut instincts and inner compasses until we could find tiny clues of an unmarked path.

Boy, have things changed!  The parking was kind of ridiculous.  They actually had a person monitoring the traffic and the line to the farm stand.  So. Many. People.  There had to have been hundreds of people there.  The caretakers of the land have commercialized the falls, big time.  I will say that it was kind of nice to have a wide open road to walk on instead of a skinny path… for the kids and my baby bump.  Also, the landscaping is beautiful!  People who don’t live here probably couldn’t even tell that so much of the colorful jungle they were walking through was put there.  It looks so natural. I think that’s why I loved it.

A couple of the falls that we initially walked to were overcrowded, but thankfully, my friend remembered a waterfall that was off the beaten trail…no tourists allowed.

Hallelujah!  We had arrived at our final destination!

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Overwhelming and under-crowded. Just the way I like it.

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It was perfect for the kiddos!IMG_8844

And refreshing for the mamas!

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Click here to find out more about Twin Falls Maui.

Waihou Springs Forrest Reserve

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Today we set off to Olinda with some friends. The top of Olinda Rd was our destination.

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The temperature drops a few degrees, so if you plan on going early morning or evening time, I would suggest bringing a long sleeve. We went during high sun hours and it was pretty comfortable.

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The journey is short, and the beginning of this hike is very easy. Once you get to the overlook, if you decide to hike down, you go through a series of switchbacks along the side of the ravine.

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The bottom is pretty neat. There are lava tubes and a dried up stream, surrounded by moss and ferns. Green everywhere.

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The hike down was a breeze, but the way back up was gnarly….especially carrying an extra 25 lbs of baby on my back! I definitely do NoT recommend taking a young child down to the bottom, unless you are a trained athlete, lol!

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My favorite part of this hike was that all of my senses were entertained. The scattered panoramic views of central Maui, that peeked through the trees, were stunning. The smell of newly expressed oxygen, with a hint of pine and eucalyptus were refreshing. And the sound of rustling leaves, as the wind passed through, were so delightful!

Kapalua Coastal Trail

Recently, I have been trying to get a little more creative with my (practically non-existent) physical fitness. It can be difficult when you always have at least one love child in tow and no babysitter. I have tried workout videos, but it’s pretty much impossible when you have a little one crawling on you mid plank. Yesterday I decided to check out Kapalua Coastal Trail. I’m so stoked I did.

Sweeping views of Moloka’i…

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The trail stretches from Kapalua Bay to Flemming Beach Park.

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Stunning views up north, all the way to Honolua Bay.

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Not too easy, and not too difficult, with a great mix of hills and flat areas.

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And the best part is that I could do it all with Seah in the Ergo!
FYI:The trail is unsuitable for strollers.

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Do you have any fun, active mama and baby work out ideas?