EVA GROSSERT (@hiddengemtravelblog) — Easy going Lifestyle travelblogger with kid, itchy feet, a passion for nature, individual design hotels, great architecture. | Munich Expat in NL 🇾🇪
The end of last and beginning of this year was tough and the real life – far away from social media - required all my attention. I felt like I was fighting against windmills, but in the end I won and finalised an amazing project. Here I am again lovely people. Thanks for your patience. This image has been taken in Friesland, Netherlands. We spend some wonderful days there in autumn.
How the hell do you guys manage to post that often and spend so much time here on IG? My plan was to post two more shots of Hawaii within one week to finish this series. What can I say? Five days are gone already ... I need to hurry up and have no clue where all the time as gone. By the way some George Clooney fans may recognise the scenery from the gorgeous movie the descendants ...
Let´s bring it to an end slowly. Even I have hundreds of pictures not shown, it is a bit ridiculous still bothering you with Hawaii images here whilst I made three other trips in the meantime. Sorry for being such a slacker when it comes to feed my Instagram profile!
Hawaii has got it all: white beaches, black beaches, even green and red beaches. Red Sand Beach on Maui is a dramatic and beautiful hidden cove unlike any other. The ocean outside the cove is almost always a deep, almost surreal Kool-Aid blue, and rages relentlessly against the dramatic and rugged coastline. But take care: The short hike to the beach is hazardous and slippery as a part of the trail was lost to a landslide.
A common one that we often heard upfront about Oahu is that it’s over developed, touristy and too citylike. If Oahu was only Waikiki and the city of Honolulu, I could see how people might get that impression but Oahu is really more than Waikiki. You don’t even need to venture more than about 10 or 20 minutes outside of Waikiki before you encounter peaceful Oahu – as stunning as the other islands. I especially loved the hikes on Oahu, because they remove you from the hustle and bustle into the natural wild beauty of the island and it satisfies my sense of adventure and craving to explore the island’s natural beauty. The Lanikai Pillboxes hike (a.k.a, Ka’iwa Ridge Trail) is well known for being one of the easier and shorter hikes (although steep and hot as hell) on the island and one of the most scenic. That’s a rare combination. But once you see the sweeping postcard-perfect views of Kailua and Lanikai from the ridge, you may want to spend more time on the trail.
Many visitors crawl out of their beds early to drive to the Haleakala, supposedly the best spot to watch what may be the most spectacular sunrise on earth. I would say instead, avoid the hassle, the crowds, upfront registration etcetera and get there for sunset. Sunset at Haleakala, with its flaming clouds, is as breath-taking as its morning counterpart although a little less known. It is bitter cold but hang out for a while to watch as the quiet of dusk transforms into a starry night. You might be able to capture something special
Okay let´s keep it short this time. Haleakala Vulcano National Park is a real stunner! Moonlike. But I do not really need to tell you that if you’re ever planning a trip to Maui there’s a good chance that Haleakala National Park is already on your itinerary. Just one thing: Don´t just watch the sunrise/sunset there, go for a hike. It is all worth the effort and away from the crowds.
Have mercy and compassion for me and my long absence. I caught the first terrible cold of the year. My constantly running nose reminds me what we were speaking about: waterfalls (in Hawaii). Maui Waterfalls for example are one of the most well-known aspects of the "valley isle." Not surprisingly, given its accessibility. We saw most of Maui's Waterfalls in East Maui along the famed Hana Highway, a very twisty and narrow stretch of road leading up to the sleepy Hana Town on the far eastern side of the island. Many of the waterfalls along the Hana Highway were either short scrambles or walks from the main road. Among some of the more noteworthy were Upper Waikani Falls ("Three Bears") and Lower Puohokamoa Falls (one of the tallest waterfalls in East Maui). However, I felt that the best waterfalls on the island were beyond Hana in Southeast Maui. Among the noteworthy waterfalls in this stretch were the towering Waimoku Falls as well as the inviting 'Ohe'o Gulch (sometimes known as the "Seven Sacred Pools" though swimming here would only be possible when the weather cooperates). Beyond the 'Ohe'o Gulch, the road becomes unpaved until it becomes the Pi'ilani Highway, but along the way, we managed to encounter the Pokowai Sea Arch and Alelele Falls. So my advice is: skip most waterfalls on the way to Hana, don´t go back the same way but take the bumpy Pi´liani highway instead and spare some time for exploring there.
Chasing waterfalls in Hawaii is a special enduring task. There are just too many on every island. But they are all too beautiful and varied for mere tallying. They can cascade or trickle, roar or sing. They flow over smooth boulders or craggy, fern-covered ledges. They create their own weather of mists and breezes. They inspire “almost spiritual” contemplation or just invite for a swim. They make you awestruck and let you freeze. All true but in this case it was the app I was playing around recently.
Sorry, today just for once in German … und nichts über das Bild sondern zu mir. Inka von @blickgewinkelt hat nach 5 Fakten über mich gefragt: 1. Ich finde schwarze oder andersfarbige Strände faszinierender als die klassischen weißen Palmenstrände. Hier in Hawaii gab´s ein buntes Potpourri (schwarz, rot, und sogar grün) 2. Es ist das erste Mal, dass ich mich an solchen Aktionen beteilige, daher weiß ich gar nicht recht, wo ich anfangen soll. Man weiß und sieht grundsätzlich wenig von mir, denn Fakt ist, ich bin kamerascheu und gebe auch grundlegend nicht gerne viel von mir preis. Gefühle behalte ich lieber für mich. „Wen soll das denn interessieren?“, denke ich mir immer. Eigentlich - wenn man mir das auch nicht glaubt, wenn man mich trifft - bin ich eher zurückhaltend und schüchtern. Im Mittelpunkt stehen mag ich gar nicht. Smalltalk fällt mir schwer. Ich habe aber in vielen Berufsjahren gelernt das ganz hervorragend zu überspielen. Insofern glaubt mir das keiner oder es wird als Arroganz ausgelegt. 3. Ich bin ein Ästhet. Ich mag alles was Schön ist: herausragende Architektur, Design, Mode, Kunst, Materialien. Gleichzeitig mag ich Unkonventionelles – sei es in den genannten Ausdrucksformen oder Lebensformen. Ich mag Subkulturen, Leute die gegen den Strom schwimmen, ihren eigenen Stil gefunden haben und diesen konsequent leben. Das gefällt mir und finde ich bewundernswert. Ich suche da noch und bin sprunghaft. Das wird wohl auch so bleiben, weil mich selbst einfach zu vieles interessiert und mir …. 4. Routine ein Graus ist. 5. Ich bin überkritisch. Vor allem mir selbst gegenüber. Eigentlich kann ich mir selbst kaum etwas recht machen und genüge den eigenen Ansprüchen nur selten. (6.)Funfact: ich habe keine Laster a la rauchen, trinken, Kaffee, aber ich bin Red Bull süchtig. Eigentlich sollten die mich mal sponsoren. Seit ca. 25 Jahren trink ich das Zeug fast täglich. Wer will auch was über sich verraten? @seiltanz_ vielleicht oder @viermal Fernweh oder @paradisefoundde
Do you want to know what we did in Hawaii the last four weeks? Oh dear, a lot and nothing at once. But above all no social media stuff and this is quite evident if you check my profile. But I can tell you it has been a pleasure and relieving not constantly being online, to think what I could post and if the picture is good enough to please. The trouble is now to look through hundreds of shots and choose a few to show you the beauty of these islands - and believe me, nature did a splendid job there.
We are in Hawaii since three weeks already therefore I will finish my Canada series with this image to keep up with the Islandlife there. But you can see where this is going, right? I am not done with Canada. I have seen just a tiny tiny bit of this giant sized country. I will for sure come again but next time I will explore the country in a campervan for more personal and planning freedom and experience of the wild.
“Canterranean”! Beaches in Canada may not be the first thing to think of when imagining a visit to this northern country. But, as the country with more shoreline than any other in the world, one can be sure Canada has its share of sandy spots to spread a towel ... and it has wonderful sunsets too and heat. We never had below 26 degrees.
These “shacks” on shack island are remnants of fishermen and whale hunters who build them in the 30s - 50s. Thanks god, these times of whaling are past but those cabins (not really shacks) are owned, maintained and used in the summer by descendants of the original Nanaimo fishermen who build them. They are rustic in appearance and are often thought to be abandoned, but really they are treasured by their owner who keep this colourful bit of Vancouver Islands local history alive. Wanna go there? This "island" can be reached from Pipers Lagoo Park by pedestrians during lower tides.
I was lucky to capture this moment of -for me- pure serenity. This elderly (admittedly instagrammable)couple came here just to enjoy themselves and the evening mood. This moment watching them made us also to slow down, enjoy the moment and the incredible view and not rushing to the sunset on the other side of this peninsula. Even while travelling, we should occasionally take the time to reassess our own position and giving a sh** about what we can’t see or might miss.