I visited the Volcanoes National Park and walked in moon-like craters. I also paddled with the local canoe club and had a wonderful experience swimming with dolphins.
But it is my blog post about hiking to the secret waterfalls of Narnia that has consistently had the most visitors since it was published.
On the day that I visited, Hilo was grey and rainy - not unusual for that part of the Hawaii. The tropical climate is in contrast to the sunny side of the island, where the town of Kona is and where the tourists flock. Unsurprisingly, I had the place to myself. I didn’t see a single other person at the falls or on the trail. And I wanted it to stay that way. I had previously been running to a different waterfall known as Boiling Pots. Much easier to access than Narnia, it was busy with visitors. A bus-load of people had just disembarked with their selfie sticks, and I left quickly without taking any photos.
The original post about Narnia gets over 100 views a week. Imagine if that many people actually visited! I realise that many people may be planning or dreaming, but still, I didn’t want to be responsible for changing a secret and secluded hike into a self-stick situation.
So instead, I offer to send some clues to people who want to find the route for themselves. This has led to a steady trickle of emails from random strangers who live all over the world. Messages have to be nice, or I don’t reply. I like it when people say why they will be visiting or something about themselves.
One person who requested some clues was Jason. He went a few weeks ago, using the information I gave him, and found Narnia!
“Thanks so much for the info! We ended up finding it, and it was a great time.”
Do you want to find Narnia Falls for yourself? Send me a message using the Contact Form and check out the original post here.