Recently I had the rare opportunity to have a full day to myself, a “momcation” it was dubbed, because my oh so wonderful husband took off from work to watch the kids, and my galpal and I island hopped for the day to to Maui. We had decided that out of everything that Maui has to offer, we really wanted to do the Road to Hana. Hana is known as one of the top 5 most dangerous roads on Earth. And I can tell you that after driving it first hand, in pouring rain, it’s not at all for the faint of heart. It’s only about 64 miles long, but there are over 59 bridges, most of which are only one lane, and there are 620 turns. For those who are bad at math, that’s about 10 curves per mile! You climb a total of 4,200 ft above sea level as well. The road is narrow, you are driving on the side of a mountain, so there is a wall on one side and a cliff to your death on the other. The views are spectacular and there were more waterfalls than I could count. As with most things in life, I think we can all use experiences, especially one like that, and turn it into a metaphor. When we do that we can really apply it to our life, and get a deeper meaning out of it.
What I learned on the Road to Hana, is that you will need to focus on what’s in front of you, and yet you will need to appreciate everything that is around you. You absolutely cannot look back, it will be full of turns that you cannot see around, and you just have to trust what is coming and take it slowly if you’re scared. That at times it will be very dangerous, and yet going forward is the only option and worth it.
We braved the rain, falling rocks, falling trees, flooding roads, and actually made a few stops. I saw some of the most magical views I’ve ever seen in my whole life. Even in the pouring rain, it was breathtaking. I saw some waterfalls that were full of power and terrifying. We had no cell phone service, and there are zero places to stop along this road.
I feel changed for making this drive. We didn’t make it all the way to Hana, but we were worried about time, and had to turn around. I’m taking it with me, forever, and applying it to how I already approach life, with an appreciation for everything around me, a curiosity as to what’s ahead, and a little bit of wonderment in all the beauty and surprises that life gives us.