The Random Writings of Rachel: A Real Beach Adventure

A Real Beach Adventure

When you live on an island, going to the beach is easy enough. It's just a matter of walking in a straight line until you hit water.

But we aren't always in the right mood for easy. We decided we wanted more of an adventure in going to the beach, so we loaded up a couple backpacks with water bottles and delicious snacks, and headed out to a remote beach, only accessible either via a hike down rough trails, or a boat ride.

I don't think that ever in my life I've actually hiked to this beach and back, usually I've taken a boat on the way there or back--the hike itself isn't particularly long, it's just over 3 km, and took the 6 of us about an hour and 20 minutes to traverse.

But this is no Mammoth Cave National Park trail (for some reason, that's the park that always comes to mind when I think of smooth, well-maintained trails). I found it challenging!

Let's play--"Spot the Trail!"


Personally, I'm glad that they choose to keep the trail open even though so many of the bridges and stairs are falling apart, instead of closing it indefinitely 'for maintenance'...but this isn't a trail I'd recommend for any but adult-sized people in relatively good shape. For this reason we left all the littles home with Mama and only 6 of us tackled this adventure.

The saddest sight we saw was a dead baby dolphin on the beach--but besides that, we enjoyed our little beach picnic and explored the beautiful seashore and little coves along the shoreline with all the energy we could muster after our long hike!



 Angel and Rebekah decided that since there was a gigantic rock in the middle of the beach, they had to figure out how to climb on top of it. The rest of us shouted "No! Don't do it! It's not safe!" and snapped pictures simultaneously (possibly contradicting ourselves) as they tried multiple methods of rock climbing. I was quite skeptical that they'd both make it to the top, but in the end, a combination of strategies worked: Angel boosted Rebekah up high enough that she could scramble to the top, and then Angel took a running start, jumped onto the rock, and Rebekah leaned over and grabbed his hand so that he could make it all the way up.

Those of us not so fearless were impressed with their feat.



Rebekah is the tallest and strongest of all the girls in my family, and Angel has never met a rock he didn't want to stand on top of, so they were the perfect pair to attempt this daring feat of bravery.

*Warning: Do not try at home, if your home happens to contain gigantic barnacle-covered rocks. Instead, invite me over for dinner, because I want to see a home like that!

21 comments:

  1. This. Is. Awesome. I mean, I love hiking, but being able to hike to a remote beach is beyond cool. Especially considering I am living in a frozen wasteland right now...

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  2. What a great location for a hike and a fantastic area to explore when you arrived :) http://outbackexpat.com

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  3. This looks amazing! Ahh everything inside of me is screaming because I cannot wait to graduate, and start traveling.

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  4. That's such an awesome idea! I would love to hike to a beach and then reward myself with the ocean!
    Your sister looks JUST like you!

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  5. That sounds like an amazing trip! That beach is gorgeous and worth the hike - love the remoteness. :) BTW Your shirt is AWESOME! I love PacMan, great memories of my childhood. Glad you all had a great time and that Angel and Rebekah were able to climb that rock! Have a great one Rachel -Iva

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  6. Wow! What an adventure! & such a beautiful beach.

    I blog about my adventures over on: www.toewsadventure.com

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  7. What a cool hike. Sad about the dolphin though.

    Angel is such a "guy". LOL

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. What a beautiful beach, and I can see why that trail was difficult for you (even if you did it in a relatively short amount of time), it looks RUSTIC!!

    Beautiful photos and good for you for creating such an adventure for yourselves!

    Angie from reasons to dress

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  9. I love this! Looks so fun!

    www.coffeewithsummer.com

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  10. That looks like a ton of fun! I enjoy hiking and I enjoy the beach. I would totally be all over this. And climbing that rock? Yup. *grin*

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  11. Oh no! How sad about the baby dolphin!

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  12. So fun! I love good beach days!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  13. That does look like a challenging trail! The secluded beach looks like something out of a children's adventure story book, except you all look a little friendlier than the boys in Lord of the Flies :)

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  14. A beautiful beach is a great reward for a hike! I'm dying for some good beach time...maybe find some rocks to conquer.

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  15. Wow, gorgeous!! It sounds like it was well worth the adventurous hike!!!

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  16. Oh, I would LOVE to be at the beach right now. It's cold here!

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  17. This beach looks like an amazing place to explore. So sad about the baby dolphin though. : ( I always like hiking in those off the beaten path places. Beautiful pics!

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  18. This looks like a lot of fun and how wonderful that there is still some magical, almost empty spaces in the world to explore. #MondayMadness

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  19. what a fun outing and it looks gorgeous! so sad about the baby dolphin but glad you had a good time! no rock scaling for me....

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