Reveling in a Moment

Postcard: Quiet Hikes


A postcard is always a pleasant surprise, particularly in an era of Instagram and SMS pics. We don’t have enough postage for our entire readership, but our new bite-sized series, Postcards lightly details the who, what, when, where and why. It’s a simple, and effective, premise. Whether they’re based on a life-changing subject or just a strange one, shot with a Red Epic or an iPhone, we hope you find these little moments more genuine than the stock images you’re used to seeing opposite of the Xs and Os.

10:28 a.m. HST | Kauai — The two mile hike up to Waipoo Falls in Kauai is by all measures an easy one. In fact, the first mile is a bit of a snoozer — you share the road with lazy Jeep renters and local Tacomas — but the last quarter of the hike rewards you with one hell of a payoff, a stunning if not vertigo-inducing overlook into the Waimea Valley and the falls. But it underscores my favorite facet of a great hike: isolation and the absence of people, except for the company of your mates. There’s something to be said about a quiet hike, or walk, with friends. Sometimes you’re huddled as a group, conversing about #life, far from the distractions and tribulations of home. And others, you’re detached a few paces ahead or behind quietly reveling in nature’s allure — like the one of my friend here who’s relishing in a moment of natural pulchritude herself.

Photo Notes: Fuji X-E2 55mm f/5.6 1/240 ISO200