The air smells like salt here.
Oh duh… that’s because I am hiking at Ka’ena Point, located along the coast of west Oahu. To my left are green mountains and to my right is the bright blue ocean, it’s majestic waves crashing violently against jagged lava fields. There’s something humbling about being in the nature. It reminds me that I am just a tiny little speckle here on earth, a young creature that hasn’t fully matured, and that there’s is a vast world out there, just waiting to be discovered (or to be left alone!).
When I hike along these dirt roads with the sun blazing up above, I realize how fragile my human body can be. When I am surrounded by black lava rocks, which were once as sharp as a knife, now round and smooth after a years of abuse from the waves, and knowing that the sand you dig your feet into were once coral reefs, just as alive as you and I are, I can’t help but feel a deep sense of respect for nature.
So many people go searching for the beautiful sandy beaches with the calm turquoise waters that they see in magazines but sometimes, the raw, wild and untamed parts of the island hold the most beautiful views. Sometimes you have to off the beaten path to see nature the way they were intended to be seen. Sometimes you need to stand on the edge of the land. What you decide to do once you find yourself there is entirely up to you.
“When anxious, uneasy and bad thoughts come, I go to the sea, and the sea drowns them out with its great wide sounds, cleanses me with its noise, and imposes a rhythm upon everything in me that is bewildered and confused.”
Rainer Maria Rilke