Thursday, 9/27Mornings usually start with a good work out for Mao; seen here playing hide and seek with me via the portholes. Gotta give her a workout somehow.
It is required to have a permit to hike on any trails and you must decide on which trail to hike before they'll give you a permit ($3.00 donation!) We decided to just walk to one of the trail heads to take a look, which was a bit of a hike in itself. Once inland out of the way of the sea breeze, it gets extremely hot (I should be down several pounds already from perspiration alone.) Signs posted noted that no pedestrians, bicycles, or golf carts were allowed on the road we were taking due to falling rocks (they don't make it easy getting around this island.) Ed says they likely don't enforce it, using it to cover themselves if someone actually gets hit with a sliding rock. We missed the trailhead, instead ending up at the city waste water treatment at the end of the island. Spectacular view but a bit of a stink.
The trail back lead to Buffalo Nickel. A little oasis for a brew and chips which sat directly behind a helipad. Another cruise ship has come in off-shore. It is amazing the difference a day makes. So few people yesterday and now its packed. Its only a day stop for the cruise ship, but the weekend mainlanders are starting to come in as well, so its going to remain busy through Sunday. Big airshow and golf tournament this weekend. Supposed to be very hot also, so we'll be snorkeling (before or after the airshow.)
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