Friday, April 29th, 2011 – Lanikai, O’ahu, Hawai’i – PILLBOX HIKE
Climbing and Stretching
Carlita, Sydney and I had a super fun morning about a week ago. We hiked the Pillbox trail overlooking Lanikai Beach and when we got to the first “pillbox,” Sydney, a new graduate from Gaia Flow Yoga in Dallas, led us in a nice yoga flow (concrete lookout buildings line this ridge and their small, white, stature have earned the trail the nickname “pillbox”).
Carly and I have been on this awesome tourist mission to stay busy while our husbands are deployed by seeing as much of the island as we can: hiking, snorkeling, swimming and exploring. Now our friend Sydney (whose fiance is deployed with Carly’s husband) has just moved to the aina and she’s eager to explore and sight-see too. The three of us make a great team with our easy-going personalties happily meshing.
By the way, if you’ve ever been curious to know more about these gal pals of mine that I make mention of so frequently, check out their blogs!
- Carly’s blog, Nourish.Nature.Love: http://nourishnaturelove.wordpress.com/
- Sydney’s blog, heroblues: http://heroblues.wordpress.com/
Luckily the trail wasn’t very crowded at all. We saw a couple random people, but we didn’t have to compete for space or anything. This hike is pretty popular for the people who live nearby- lots of folks run up the trail or walk their dogs here. So we totally lucked out in regards to it being sparsely populated that day. The weather was really mild as well, so being out in the morning sun felt nice, not too hot. The whole tone was just so right.
Once we got to the “pillbox,” we literally hoisted ourselves up there and set up shop. I don’t think I’d ever done outdoor yoga before. It was really fun, but there are some weird little things you don’t think about it until you go through it. The surface we were on was flat-ish. It had lots of slopes and divits, and it was hard to find a nice even spot to put out a mat on. And because of the nature of yoga, if you aren’t on a flat surface – you gotta be careful not to hurt yourself. Luckily we’re all super-not-clumsy and we were, of course, extremely safety-oriented and cautious.
Being so exposed and by the ocean, it was windy up there; we were using everything we could to hold down out mats. And even then they tried to fly away from us a couple times. Don’t worry- we were super fast and suffered no loss of equipment.
I’m joking about the little bumps that came up… but really, outdoor yoga is awesome. It’s just so pure and natural and simple. I want to keep doing it, that’s for sure.
Sydney is a lovely yoga instructor. The only real class I’ve been going to this year is the one on base with the same instructor all the time – so it was nice to mix it up and do a flow in a slightly different way (because every instructor is different).
I didn’t get any pics of us actually doing our yoga practice. I get really focused on those breathes and the poses, and stepping out to snap pics would have killed my zone. But, afterwards, we did have some fun trying to do different poses and stretching. And we met a random guy (Jimmy) who was running the trail and he took some pics for us. So rad!
We did a couple group shots and Jimmy graciously took them for us. I like the way they came out. I know I’m not nearly on the yogi level of Carly or Sydney, but I try and that’s all that matters:
After we got down the mountain, we went into Kailua Town and ate at Aloha Salads. Oh man. I love Aloha Salads. If/when I leave here, it’s one of the top five eateries I’ll miss the most. It’s a chain that’s only out here, they serve big salads made of local ingredients. After being so nice to my body by hiking and stretching, it just feels good to eat something light, simple, and healthy – ya know?
It was such an awesome morning, a really great way to just re-set my intentions of being good to myself, appreciating my surrounding, and just having fun while being active.
Oh. The pics with the asterisks are ones I stole from Sydney’s facebook album from this day. That’s all. ALOHA!
I may have skipped over one teensy detail in this retelling… I slipped on the way down. For your viewing pleasure:
Now it’s really the end.