Hello all! I know its been awhile since I’ve posted a blog post. I haven’t really had time for blogging the past month or so. I’ve been busy painting our entire house! It’s been a big endeavor. Things have gotten better and we no longer have most of our house covered in plastic! I’ll be sharing these home changes soon. I’m inspired to get back to blogging and sharing. As you may know the end of August we went to Oahu, Hawaii to visit my sister and her family. We had a blast! I’ve been sharing many of our adventures and today I’m going to share the Diamond Head Trail we hiked that is located near Waikiki Beach in Oahu.

My sister, brother-in-law and nephew didn’t join us on this hike as they had other things going on, so just the three of us went on this adventure, Thomas, Mila and I. They dropped us off near the tunnel and we walked to the entrance to get in. The entrance fee was $1. Unfortunately, we didn’t know we had to pay and didn’t have any cash. When we got to desk, the woman let us come in without paying $1, how kind of her!

We used the restrooms before going on the hike and near them in the grass we saw a mongoose! It was so cool to see this animal in person! There was a food truck selling drinks in pineapples, we didn’t get any but if we visit next time it could be fun to try.

This hike was moderate and pretty steep the entire way. It began on a volcanic crater! It was completely paved the whole way and heavily trafficked. There was steep switchbacks and stairs to get to the panoramic views. I don’t think I’ve ever been on such a busy trail. It was so cool to hear so many different languages spoken on the trail and to see such a diverse amount of people from all over the world. The views were amazing, especially at the end with the ocean views!

The area is dry and this is apparent in the grassy parts. When you think of Hawaii you think of lush and tropical so it was really cool to experience another climate of the island, that of being on a volcanic crater.

Mila was getting sleepy on the way up and at the top she bawled uncontrollably. Yes, everyone stared as us as she cried, but it was all good, toddlers cry and she was just tired. Fortunately I carried her, snuggled her and she fell asleep. I have to say it was hard to hike 3/4 of a mile walking down steep stairs with her just on my shoulder and not in a baby carrier. My body had to push so hard and dig down deep. Thomas offered to carry her but I loved carrying our darling girl as she was fast asleep, so I gladly held her and got the added bonus of a workout until we got to the end of the trail.

If you ever get the chance to visit Oahu, the Diamond Head trail is worth doing, I highly recommend it!

The Diamond Head Trail

We saw a mongoose!

It’s crazy that to the left was once a World War II bunker.