Saturday, June 10, 2006

Album Cover and Winging it to Bonzai

If we start a band, this is going to be the cover:

You're looking at the five champs who survived the hike from Wing Beach to Bonzai Cliff. We hiked for four hours across the reef flats and cliffs that run along the shore.

Today was a Spring Tide, so I figured it would be a safe day to attempt the hike. WRONG! The ocean was really rough today, so even though the water was really low, every once in a while a huge wave would crash onto the reef flat and flood our ankles.

About 3/4 of the trail is on the reef flat and about 1/4 is up on the cliff. In a few places the reef flat is impassible, so we kept having to climb up and over until we got to a spot where we could safely walk along the shore again. Walking on the reef flat is much more preferable as it is much flatter and the rocks aren't nearly as sharp. The reef flats weren't without their perils, though. There was the ever present danger of the waves and falling into a big hole of water was pretty easy to do, too. There was a lot of seaweed in the tide pools and it did a really good job of hiding potholes. I think pretty much everybody fell in at least once.

Take a look at this cliff:

Can you see Trent, Qamar, and Joe? We had to hike over that! I took this picture while I was standing on the reef flat down below. It puts in perspective how steep some parts of the "trail" were.

It was an unbelievably beautiful hike. Suicide cliff is always behind you and then eventually you get to Marpi Point where you get to look up at Bonzai Cliff from sea level.

If you look closely, you might be able to see Scott and Dee up on the cliff.

Unlike the Japanese during WWII, we didn't have to jump off the cliff; We had to climb up Bonzai Cliff! This was the most difficult part of the hike. We climbed up a 40 ft cliff face that was almost perfectly vertical. Good times. For a while I thought we were going to have to leave Joe at the bottom, but he turned out to be a champ and climbed up.

Dee and Scott were still waiting patiently for us at the top. It had been almost 4 hours since we started the hike. Scott took a few pictures of the hikers by the cliff, hence our new album cover and this picture:

Thanks, Scott!

Can you tell that we had just been hiking for four hours or that we had just climbed up BONZAI frickin' cliff?

This is definately going to be one of those hikes that gets better as the days go by. Even so, it is also definately one of those hikes that I only need to do once every ten years. I'll do it again in 2016...maybe.

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