"When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky"
-Guatama Siddharta

Over and under and up and down...sunshine and thunder...a laugh and a frown!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Hiji Falls

2/19/11

Hiji Falls, Okinawa
Went to Hiji Falls today. It's a beautiful hike that consists mostly of stairs (up and down both ways) and bridges. By the half way point (the suspension bridge seems to be half way) I was sweating to death, and the sun wasn't even out. I can't imagine doing this hike in the summer or on a sunny day. It was intense, and I've been walking almost daily and doing at least 5 miles per day.

Hiji Falls is definitely worth the effort though, it's a beautiful falls with plenty of humor along the way (the signs are a hoot)


I could have done without the plethora of snake warning signs with graphic pictures. I guess that's what you get when you're on an island that is inhabited by deadly snakes. If you want more info, google Habu Snakes. I detest snakes and refuse to even take a pic of the signs to show you what they look like. Think big. And deadly. Nuff said.

Back to the falls. At about mid point there is a suspension bridge (really high off of the ground and it moves when you walk on it) that has fantastic vantage points of the water running below and the tree tops.


I didn't think to try to video my hike, but on the way back I shot a couple of short videos to give you a preview of what the hike is like and to bring everyone along with me!
The first video is going up a set of steps along the hike, the second video is of a small falls before Hiji Falls, the final video is going down a massive set of steps. All of the video was done while trying not to fall and die (remember no cell service!) and also while keeping a sharp eye on potential Habu movement.





Finally, here is a slideshow of the photos that I took during my trip to Hiji Falls.

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