OH, HOW I LOVE TO CAMP!
Last weekend, we spent 2 nights / 3 days camping on the westside of Oahu, at Kea'au Beach Park. It had been a long time since we had spent time on that side of the island, since the DLNR (Department of Land & Natural Resources) declared the ever popular Makua Beach or "Pray for sex beach" closed to all camping. This was sometime last year.
Though Makua beach was always our favorite spot for camping, clear-water diving, and sand for as far as your eye can see, the area had grown overrun with campers that came to party, burn wooden pallets (leaving rusty nails), leave trash, and generally treat the area with passive disrespect. For this reason, to honor the rest that Makua Beach needed, we decided on a permitted camp ground at Kea'au Beach Park instead.
As we arrived, we were wary that the park was packed with big local-style tents that looked like they were either celebrating several 1st birthdays or hunkering down for a couple weeks. No joke, one camp had the 20 ft. flood lights that construction workers use to work on highways at night! It was not the serene space that we were used to, as competing sound systems battled and kids ran wild, but we figured at least there were safety in numbers between our friends and the local families that surrounded us.
For those not from Hawaii, or familiar with the Westside of Oahu, it was a place that I was told not to go growing up. It isn't typically a place for tourists, especially at night, and tends to live up to its moniker of the "wild wild west." You watch your valuables & don't do stupid things, or come morning, your car windows might just be smashed in.
Of course, this is just the general idea of it.
Other than that, it is one of the most beautiful places on island.
See for yourself:
Some of our friends joined us for night 1 or 2, and we even worked out a food schedule, which lead to some of the best camping meals of my life. I wish I had photos to share... but that just goes to show, that the best meals never last long enough to be photographed!
I mean... New Zealand corned beef hash + omelette sliders on sweet bread?!
A full-on burrito bar?!
You see what I mean.
Several of our friends even brought their furry companions!
I even got to practice some piggy portraits!
I felt so grateful to be surrounded by amazing friends (both furry + not!)
& speaking of friends, we actually even made some from the other camps, despite my initial wary feelings towards our neighbors!
A couple of young guys came over to our campfire to hang out and chat.
One of them had a voice smooth as velvet & was a pro at ukulele!
We all loved listening to him jam into the night.
My favorite part of this spot was the discovery of tide pools down by the water.
It was like our own personal infinity pool!
One was so deep that the water was at collarbone level, standing!
These tidepools were the perfect place to watch the beautiful sunsets.
All in all, it was a great weekend to spend quality time with friends & ground myself before some solid traveling and long trips over this next month.
I can't wait till our next camping trip...
Do you like to camp?
Where are your go-to spots?
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