Last month Matt took a day of leave for some random reason, apparently I asked him way back in March to take this particular day off but I have zero clue why! Of course now that the day has been and gone I will probably remember what event was going on that was imperative we didn’t miss, but for now I still have no clue.
Naturally I said to just cancel the day of leave not wanting to ‘waste’ a precious vacation day but Matt wasn’t having any of that, which of course I don’t really blame him.
That morning we debated between going camping or doing ‘something else’; we decided to put off camping until the next day and that ‘something else’ turned into a family hike to Hiji Falls.
The little that I knew about Hiji Falls was that it was a paved hiked and not that long; perfect because Clio was going to have to be lugged about and I thought the paved paths would save us from snakes.
I didn’t get too many photos because carrying a tripod, a lightweight backpack and at times holding Eden’s hand prevented it, although the main reason was because I didn’t want to pull my attention away from a possible snake sighting.
Thankfully the only creepy crawlies we saw on the 1.5 kilometer trek to the waterfall was the odd (sometimes big) spider and a stick insect.
Once we reached the waterfall I was disappointed to see it roped off; I know I have seen photos of people swimming there so I am not sure if this is a temporary measure or if people simply jump the rope.
Regardless, the rule followers that we are we didn’t go for a dip. Instead a few photos later and some much needed hydration we turned around for the walk back.
Unfortunately on the hike back it didn’t take long for Matt to spot a snake slithering across where we needed to walk. We waited for it to pass and then hurriedly got out of there.
As soon as there was an opening we left the paved path for the much more refreshing option of walking back through the river. This was definitely the highlight and a much easier & quicker option.
Once back at the trailhead we treated the girls to a well deserved shaved ice and did our family ‘du du duuuuhh’ for a job well done.