I have an affinity for attempting to take photographs of paths, trails or pathways of any other sort. I realize other people probably do this too and there are certainly far more talented photographers out there than I. Nonetheless, during hikes that Tammy and I take, Tammy has to tolerate my desire to have the camera out to see if I can capture some of the process of going from here to there.
I was wondering what fascinated me so much with this until I looked at the bridge picture at the left. This is not far from the entry to the Kuamo'o trail that meets up with the Nounou trail in Kauai. When you stand on this side of the bridge, can you tell where it goes? What will you see when you cross to the other side? It's a hike in Kauai, so it probably leads to something wonderful to view, right?
Well, it does - and we'll show you later. But, it clarified for me something I've thought for some time. Too much of the time, too many of us focus on the big goals at the end of a process and too few of us recognize the beauty, joy or satisfaction of being right where we are. It's the bridge that holds much of the beauty, believe it or not.
This doesn't mean we shouldn't dream or strive for bigger goals. And, there are certainly times when you need to ignore some of the details as you pass through on the way to somewhere else. What it means is that we are often cheating ourselves when we are unwilling to put forth some effort to appreciate the process and where we are right now.
|Just off the Awaawapuhi Trail in Koke'e State Park|
|Official end of the Awaawapuhi Trial|
|Canyon Trail near Waipo'o Falls|
|Waimea Canyon from the Canyon Trail|
|Kuilau Ridge Trail|
|View from Kiulau Ridge Trails|
|View near the beginning of Mahaulepu Trail|
|View from Mahaulepu|
Another new hike for us was the Kuamo'o Trail that leads eventually to the east Nounou trail. Like many of the "there and back" trails, you tend to forget the difficult parts you passed early on when you weren't as tired.
|Yes, sections of Kuamo'o Trail were covered with roots like THIS!|
|Waialeale from Kuamo'o Trail|
|Kuamo'o/Nounou (east) pine area.|
|Nounou (the Sleeping Giant)|
|Pihea Trail - early stages|
|Pihea Trail - middle stages|