Friday, November 12, 2010

Head in the Clouds

This is how I watched the sun rise yesterday morning.

With school off for Veteran's Day, we decided to hike the Haiku Stairs, known by most as "The Stairway to Heaven." These stairs were once used for military purposes, but were closed several years ago because they were broken down and deemed unsafe. After about $900,000 in repairs, the state of Hawai'i decided to keep the stairs closed because the tenants living near the entrance didn't like the hiker traffic.

Now, the stairs are repaired, sturdy, but still off limits. It's still one of the greatest and most popular hikes in Oahu, but the trick is to get there before the guard in the morning. (He doesn't mind seeing you leave, but won't let you in...)

So, Thursday morning, after waking up at 4:15am, The Haverford Boys, Micki, Merete and I all piled in a car, and made it to the site. It was absolutely incredible. The stairs are essentially just bolted into the side of the mountain, and we could see EVERYTHING (well, at least, until we got into the clouds and couldn't see anything but...)

Enough words! PICTURES:

3,922 stairs in total!

The whole group-- Isaac, Rudy, Aubrey, Me, Merete, and Micki!

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