23.09.2010 - 23.09.2010 28 °C
We get up, and a bird had shit all over our tent. Too many shitty encounters these last two days. After packing up Julie climbs on my back to pick some huge starfruit off the tree at Arnott's. We push on to Rainbow Falls. Waterfalls are starting to get annoying at this point, especially the ones with tour buses lined up out front. It's amazing how easily you take things for granted after repeated exposure, whether is be nature or your partner. We are learning our lesson. Anyways, we take a few pics, and head up stream to another waterfall that required a small hike to reach. It's super hot so we really want swim at the base of the waterfall. We pick the wrong trail, and it leads to the top. Even better, we find a series of pools with a series of smaller falls.
The water is cool and just what we were looking for. After contemplating a jump off the large main waterfall, Julie talks me down, and we roll out. We stop at Hawaii Volcano National Park to get details on what is closed off due to high levels of sulphur dioxide coming from the active Halema'uma'u Crater in Kilauea volcano. There are a couple road and campsite closures, but nothing major. We head to our campsite, Namakanipaio, for a quiet night of blogging, reading and relaxing.