Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.Allen Saunders
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but a lot of times they turn out even better. We had planned to hike through Makawao Forest today. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do almost since we moved here and our landlords told us about Makawao Forest Reserve. They said it’s a great place to hike and that it also has one of the best mountain biking trails on the island.
Rising early this morning, I filled the hydration pack while Brandon made pita bread sandwiches with spinach, cabbage, extra sharp cheddar and homemade hummus. After grabbing a few treats for Mochi we headed out the door and were greeted with blue, sunshiny skies.
Somewhere along the drive to Makawao the skies turned not so blue and a bit more grey. Then it started to sprinkle. One thing about this island is you can never trust your phone’s weather app. With all of the micro climates around here the weather in Kula alone can be drastically different 5 minutes up the road. By the time we reached the Kahakapao trailhead the sprinkles had turned to moderately heavy rain and we wished we had come more prepared as I only had a fleece sweater and Brandon was in shorts and a tank.But even just the forest surrounding the parking area was so intriguing we decided to go for it anyway.About 10 minutes in the wind picked up and it started pouring so hard even the canopy of trees above couldn’t protect us. Reluctantly we turned back.Still hungry for an adventure, I searched for other nearby hikes on my phone. A review came up of a trail in Olinda, near Makawao, called the Waihou Spring Trail.Since we were only 15 minutes away we thought we might as well check it out and hope for less rain in that area. When we arrived it was still raining lightly, but it was much more bearable. It was going to be a short hike, but we came all this way!Turns out this area is being used as an experiment for growing pine trees.Part of the trail was flooded so we had to take a little detour to cross a stream.We even learned what the koa tree looks like.After a short walk on the trail we reached a sign for the trail to the spring. Since it was only a half mile we decided to take the turn and see what this spring was all about.We descended, and descended. Steep switchback after muddy, slippery switchback. And I thought I wasn’t going to get a workout on this little hike! On the second to last switchback we saw it.This amazing waterfall was not what we expected to find on the side trail to the spring. It was a beautiful sight and we had it all to ourselves on this wet, drizzly day.Maybe next week we will try the Makawao Forest again, but I know if our plans don’t work out, whatever comes our way, God always has something better in mind.