If At First You Don’t Succeed

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.forest1But even just the forest surrounding the parking area was so intriguing we decided to go for it anyway.forest2forestAbout 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.mtrailStill 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.mapSince 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!trailsignTurns out this area is being used as an experiment for growing pine trees.treesigntreesawalkfloodPart of the trail was flooded so we had to take a little detour to cross a stream.streamcrossingcrossbcrossedWe even learned what the koa tree looks like.koa1koasignAfter 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.walkingWe 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.fallThis 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.falls1falls2fallsafallMaybe 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.peekaboo


Oops, I gave up donuts for lent

May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.Irish Blessing

In honor of my Irish heritage I am wearing my Claddagh ring and making green foods.ring2For breakfast I made green doughnuts. After the last of the green sprinkles were licked off the plate was when I remembered I gave up donuts for lent…woops! Nevertheless, this is my absolute favorite doughnut recipe, and at least they’re baked. If I don’t happen to have saffron, I just leave it out and the doughnuts turn out just as yummy.

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As I was looking up the doughnut recipe on spabettie.com, her most recent recipe caught my eye.Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 2.34.15 PM

I substituted almond flour for the coconut flour, and I definitely did not use vegan cheese. The result was not as creamy and green, but it was certainly delicious.pasta

And for dinner Brandon will be making me my favorite meal of the entire year — corned beef and cabbage…Mmmm!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


A New Side of Maui

It has been an exceptionally windy weekend on Maui. The weather advisory warned of gusts up to 65 mph, so naturally we decided to explore the windward side of the island.

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After driving through Wailuku, we meandered along a part of the coastline we had never seen before.coastlinecoast

Nearly missing our turn, we spotted the small sign for the Waihee Ridge Trail.sign

And drove up to the trailhead.trailhead

The trail begins with a steep, paved pathway.steepbehind

The amazing thing we have found about Maui is that each new area we explore is completely unique from other parts of the island. Waihee proved to be no different.trailtreeswalkingupfallsridgesvalleybmcattlefenceNWNE2moundtrees2trail2amswirlyA creepy crawler!

At the top!topThe hike turned out to be just over 4 miles long. Although the trail was steep, and muddy and slippery at times, it was a fun hike and an awesome experience to see this part of Maui for the first time.3