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The picture below is a pretty good pic of what the Nokia Trail is all about. The trail circles the Kahanna Valley, incredibly thick jungle. Offshoots of the trail go straight up to the summits of the mountains that split Oahu in two. I climbed one, a spectacular adventure. The mountains can get as high as 12,000 feet. They block the clouds coming in on the prevailing winds of the Pacific, creating fabulous jungle on the windward side of the island, while the leeward side, where the city of Honolulu and the major military bases are located, stays sunny and dry and cooler and consists of vegatation more along the line of the Gulf Coast - big trees and grasslands. Surprisingly, the average temperture for Oahu is 75 degrees, with highs in the high 80s being the maximum, even tho the island is a little south of the same latitude as steamy Cuba. Mosquitoes are fairly non-existant as well. Truly a paradise.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Enter the Heart of Darkness.....
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Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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One of the many stream crossings on the trail. There are ropes strung across the streams, you have to jump right in to waist deep water, which in some areas is moving real fast, and wade the damn things. Some if the crossings have old bridge pilings left over from WII, like in the second pic. Note in the first picture, if you look close, you can see the wires of a pulley system, which I assume the Park Service uses to cross the streams using a roller, keeping thier feet nice and dry. It could also belong to the Green Berets, whose Jungle Warfare Training Reservation abuts the park.
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Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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This one is taken from the summit of the mountain I climbed, which I do not even know the name of - as you can see, I am almost eye level with the adjacent cloud shrouded peak. A few moments after taking it I got caught in a big down pour from those clouds as the rolled onto the mountain I was standing on. It was a miserable climb back down, but the spectacular views from the summit made it all worth it.
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This is another picture from the summit, showing the Kahanna Valley as it slopes to the ocean. It's hard to make out, but that is the Pacific at the end of the valley. My campsite was located where the ocean meets the shore in this pic.
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Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Sigh.... but all goods things must come to an end. Hawaii is over, and now I am stuck inside of Oakland with the Houston blues again....

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