Bruce Ashford brought a new idea to the reunion schedule this year: hiking. He wanted to offer classmates various opportunities; including, one during which they would “hike up to the top of a mountain.” That mountain hike started in Kuliouou.
Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a 5.5 mile intermediate level path that gains 2,000 feet along the way. Given that we are (ahem) getting up there in age, it was gratifying that nine classmates and spouses took Bruce up on this hiking challenge on Thursday, June 12, 2014.
Bruce reported that the hike was “fun” and that the generally good fitness of all involved made it an invigorating experience. Water was a challenge though as the weather was hot and a 9:40 a.m. start meant that they would hit the peak just after noon at the earliest.
Going up took 2.5 hours and was punctuated by breaks that included a forty minute hiatus for a mountaintop lunch. While up there, the group dined while enjoying a magnificent sweeping view of windward Oahu: from Mokapu to Rabbit Island with a peek over the ridge at Koko Head.
But going down, as always, was hard. With the long break, muscles had cooled and a different set of them was required. Although the trip was an hour shorter, Bruce said that, “We were dragging our feet and hurting.” Hiking was an even greater challenge to Steve who had worn sandals and socks for the effort. Ouch!
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