Hike to Ka'ena Point and the Baby Albatross(es)


nesting signpost

nesting grounds

homeward from Ke'ana

baby albatross 1

baby albatross 2

baby albatross 3

Ke'ana monk seal cave

coral beach

tidepool

driftwood boneyard

boneyard closeup

natural bridge

It was Saturday, Oct 20. Bill says, "It's overcast today - a good day for a hike. I've got the perfect spot". Sandwiches, water and sunscreen in backpack, we drove up the coast to the end of the road, literally. Put foot to the rocky but fairly level trail, washed out in only a few spots (yikes! cliff! Anna IS part monkey!), hint of the railroad tracks built by the Chinese labor so many lifetimes ago. A few miles to the tip of the island, and by then the sun is blazing hot. Ka'ena Point, where the calm waters of the west side give over to the raging surf gods of the north side.

This point is where the albatross create shallow holes in the ground to lay their eggs - one each. The babies hardly seem protected from the elements or predators, but, then, who's gonna mess with their mom who could have up to a 13-ft wingspan? Just after noon when we visited the babies there were no stern-eyed parents in sight - they were off flying around the ocean looking for baby food. Did not spot any endangered monk seal either; Ke'ana Point is one of their resting areas. After lunch in the cave (creepy, but the coolest spot we could find), we slogged our way back in the heat, uphill all the way, with one shoe between us, about 1086 million miles, with water-water-everywhere-but-not-a-drop-to-drink, to the car. Hot hot hot. But seeing the babies was worth it, right Bill?

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