Day three was another early day, we broke camp at about 6:30am and packed everything up before we started our day. As more days went on of camping, we quickly learned that we should invest in our own camping gear. We had quite a few issues with the tent that we rented from base, which became such a nuisance as the trip went on. I will say for the most part, it did keep us dry during the evenings since the the last two nights of our adventure were wet ones. But I think I’ll write up a post about what we packed for this trip and lessons we learned for our next camping trip.
I definitely got a better night of sleep this time around due to the lack of sleep the night before and the rather adventurous mule ride we took on [ day two ]. We made way to Moloka’i Coffee Cafe for some breakfast and delicious coffee, and I got to charge up some of my electronics and post some pics from our adventures to the social media. The food was alright, but the coffee was the best part. Besides Ka’u coffee, Moloka’i is second best … sorry Kona coffee, you’re crap!
Today was a free day to do whatever, we didn’t have anything major planned. The amount of days we chose to spend on Moloka’i, we definitely think 2.5 days is enough to do all that you want to do on the island. We opted to play 9 holes at the Ironwood Golf Course, which was an extremely casual course that was originally designed for the employees of the nearby sugar plantation, back when it was in business. There was no required attire or a tee off time. We showed up, grabbed our clubs and made our way towards the course. You pay for everything after you’re done playing. They have electric carts for rent, but we decided to walk to get our exercise for the day. Now I’m pretty horrible at golf, but had my lucky shots. For the most part, we both had a lot of fun and will probably go a few more times before we move away from the island. Towards the end, I had a broken blister and it made things a bit difficult for golfing. Getting creative with how I held my club was very entertaining.
After golfing, we headed to the R.H. Meyer Sugar Mill and Museum. It was a small museum, but we learned about the plantation’s history and restoration, and Meyer himself. We got to tour the mill and walked through the process, which was pretty neat. And we got to see a lot of pictures of Kalaupapa residents, where we had gone the day before. By the time we were done, it was already noon, so we decided to head to the west side of the island.
We attempted to spend time at a few of the recommended beaches, but they weren’t exactly what we were hoping for. Because of the localized rain the day before, a lot of the beaches were muddy. After venturing to two beaches, we decided to head to my favorite of the island, Papohaku, which we were just at, yesterday. Most of our afternoon was spent there, the water was still a bit rough for my liking, but I sat close to the shore and let the water cool me off. The mister tried to do some snorkeling, but there wasn’t much to see and the water was a little bit murky.
And that was pretty much our day, we headed into town to get dinner and made our way up to camp for our last night on Moloka’i.
I hope you guys have been enjoying reading about our Moloka’i adventures. Lately, I’ve been thinking about what direction this blog will go once the year is up. As the military life goes, it’s one big mystery of where you’ll go next and I have no idea what kind of adventures I’ll get into. Maybe I’ll have different adventures to go on instead of my hiking and traveling ones.
Friday, I’ll post day four of our adventure!
Hope everyone had a great Labor Day Weekend!
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