If you read the previous blog post, you know I recently took a trip to Hawaii. The trip included a lot of hiking adventures. I was fine with this because it meant seeing things I never have before. I got to see my first waterfall, and climb to the top of Diamond Head, an old volcano, now much like a mountain.
Hiking Diamond Head in Oahu, Hawaii was quite an experience. First of all, it was incredibly affordable. It only costs $5 USD to park, even with your family packed full in a van. The entire family went, and it was something we could all do. The hike looks treacherous when you look at it from a distance. It includes a lot of stair climbing. However, compared to the hike at Manoa Falls, Diamond Head was a lot easier. It was easy to go about the route at your own pace. There are different landings around the hike to stop and take in the view. I saw plenty of kids hiking with their grandparents. It's a workout to get to the top, but you can definitely stop to take breaks.
I didn't try to get a great workout in through this hike. I went much slower than my teenage siblings, and hung back with my older siblings to stop and take in the scenery. I would definitely recommend this when hiking. Much like running a race, everyone goes the same distance, regardless of how fast. The benefit of this was I now have tons of great pictures to share with you!
The hike came out to be around 2 miles round trip on my Garmin. Some of the data is probably skewed because part of the hike is through tunnels. It was so cool knowing we were hiking through an old volcano.