|You really want to click on this one to see it larger.|
|You can see the flank of Mauna Kea sticking out behind those sea rocks.|
|Hark! A valley! By this time, clouds had come in and were shrouding the head of the valley.|
|For some reason this picture looks “cool” to me (as in “not warm”). I think it's all the blue.|
|Again, that's Mauna Kea peeking out from behind the sea-cliffs there.|
|Looking towards the head of the valley.|
|Pololū Valley beach. Dangerous to swim at according to the signs, but nice.|
|You can see the curvature of the horizon! Probably just my lens, actually.|
|You can clearly see the clouds hovering at the head of the valley here.|
|Graham, inspired by the same sight.|
Eventually we reached our goal for the day, the southern wall of the valley where the rock once again rapidly rises to tower five hundred feet or more above the valley floor. Some of the cliffs further along the coast are even higher, I believe (among the highest in the world).
From there, along the curve of the beach, we could look back up the coast, which was quite pretty:
|Looking back along the beach and up the coast.|
That house in the picture at the top of the cliff sits at the trail head near where I took the panorama at the beginning of this post, to give you an idea of the positioning.
All in all, it was a really great hike, and I'm glad I went. It took us a while to drive there and back, but we weren't in a big hurry and it was perfectly doable in a day. The trail in and out was really quite reasonable given the steepness of the cliff face it was descending. And the weather was pretty much as perfect as it could be. Hopefully I'll be able to make my way out there again sometime. A hui hou!