{upstate new york} falls

August 16, 2017

In upstate New York Finger Lakes region, we visited a few falls. These were not exactly on the scale of Niagara Falls, but at least, worth one visit. Come to think of it, does Niagara Falls really need multiple visits?

Buttermilk Falls – one of the smallest we saw

Pratt Falls                                                   Chittenango Falls

Treman Park Falls

Watkin Glen Falls – multi-feature falls

Even though we were now staying in the city and didn’t have car access, my mom and I still wanted to see some of the beautiful nature that surrounds Hawaii’s capital. We decided to take the bus, which ended up being quite easy since we were staying here the major terminal Moana terminal station, up to the head of the Moana Falls trail. From there, we hiked through fairly thick jungle on a very muddy trail to Moana Falls. I was a bit disappointed with the waterfall itself just because it wasn’t that big, even if quite tall. The hike though was pretty awesome, though you definitely want grippy hiking shoes since it’s very muddy and slippery!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a florohe’o gulch’s lower poolsother road to hanavolcano sunrisevolcano crater hikingpaia’s market for fishbig beachsurfing goatsali’i kula lavender • tropical eats
OAHUdowntown capital sitesart museum of the statesunset shadowhistoric pearl harbormoana’s public beach

A Oahu-style photo adventure:

If you climb up from the Kipahulu Visitor Center along the Papaw Trail, you’ll walk along waterfalls, pools, and bamboo groves to get to a thin bridal-veil fall. On the other hand, if you start from the Kipahulu Visitor Center and take a short hike toward the ocean, you can see the larger pools that lead straight into the Pacific! If you can’t do the Papaw Trail, this trail is still rewarding and way shorter because you still get to see the pools though they’re not as secluded in the jungle-like foliage as on the other trail. Nevertheless, it’s neat to see where these clear pools rush into the ocean and the ocean pushes back.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2ohe’o gulch’s papaw trailparadise in a flor

A Maui-style photo adventure:

Part of the reason (perhaps not the whole reason since part of the reason is the journey along the way) to drive the entire Road to Hana is to get to the Kipahulu area (Ohe’o Gulch). Ohe’o Gulch is part of Haleakala National Park, but the summit (volcano) side and this side aren’t actually connected. Ohe’o Gulch is filled with beautiful waterfalls and clear pools all connected until they reach the ocean. Starting from the Kipahulu Visitor Center, you can climb up away from the ocean along the Papaw Trail. This trail climbs along the pools’ stream-bed so that you’re rewarded constantly with views of beautiful cascades and clear pools that tempt you to dip at least your toes. The most famous part of this trail is the large bamboo grove you have to walk through along boardwalks. It’s eerie the way the wind hits the bamboo stalks. You’ll also see mangoes and guavas before crossing the stream to get over to the incredibly tall and thin Makahiku bridal-veil Falls.

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1road to hana, part 2

A Maui-style photo adventure:

One of the most epic things to do on Maui is drive The Road to Hana. It’s a hairpin winding and strikingly breathtaking way to see the entire northern and eastern shores of the island. I’m thankful that it was all paved and it was essentially all two lanes so if you went slow, it wasn’t too bad. Read part 1 here. Here’s a look at part 2 of my mom’s and my Road to Hana drive.

As we continued slowly along The Road to Hana, my mom and I got a rare chance to see a waterfall from above as if the water plunged down from right beneath our feet. Makapipi Falls is this neat waterfall’s name. Just beyond that, we entered Wai’anapanapa State Park and spent some time here exploring the lava caves, walking along the Pi’ilani Trail for a bit before turning around since it’s actually a 3-mile hike that we didn’t have time for, and then enjoying the black pebble beaches here. After that we, drove straight into the small town of Hana and had a chance to take a short hike over to Kaihalulu (Red Sands) Beach. What an experience it was to get to Hana … breathtaking in more ways than one!

Read about our other Hawaii adventures here:
MAUI • southern shore beachingroad to hana, part 1

A Maui-style photo adventure: