In my previous post The Road Taken, I wrote about one of our trips to Maui. The rain storm was hitting the island (photo 4 and 5). The down pour rain put us in danger when driving through the twist and turn of Road to Hana. The danger lied in the passing point where there was “no visibility” due to the narrow space and sharp turns of the road.
Before the rainfall pouring down, we passed by an area with breathtaking view of the cliff along the ocean. This area was dangerous during stormy and windy time. On this day, the cloud formations and the white heads of the waves showed signs of strong wind and rough current. I insisted on going to the edge of the cliff for photos. There was a U shape basin at the bottom of the cliff before reaching the ocean. As I walked toward the ocean, at the corner of my eyes, I saw two overturned vehicles, one car and one truck. After taking a couple photos, I wanted to take a photo of the fallen vehicles. The wind was so strong that I couldn’t keep a steady footing. I was not able to move close to the edge to see the vehicles again without risking of being blown down to the basin.
It was an exciting and nervous trip in our familiar travel location!
Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!
The challenge this week reminds me of one of the multiple trips we took to Maui. We always rent a Jeep to drive around. My husband loves to go on the Road to Hana. The previously drives were enjoyable. He doesn’t mind driving through the narrow unpaved part of the Road with the cliff on one side. Somehow during this one trip, the drive turned out to be different.
We started out in a sunny afternoon, enjoyed the ocean and the cliff scene. When the road turned narrower with thick trees, it started pouring rain. The rain was so heavy that the windshield wiper didn’t go fast enough to show a view of the road. We knew that we had not yet passed the point with single lane and no visibility of the oncoming cars. Drivers use honking, and caution driving to get through. Sometimes one car has to find a tiny shoulder to stop and let the other car go by. We worried about the safety to go through that part of the road in the rain. I looked at the map and tried to estimate the distance behind us and how much further we would have to go. It looked like we were in the middle. Turning around was as hard as going forward. We knew that the hardest part of driving was coming up; there should be a town after that. My husband decided to keep going. I was sitting tight, praying for safety. Fortunately, we passed the “no visibility” point before dark. Then we drove in the dark until we got back to the condo.
As soon as we saw the smoke from the sugar cane factory, we knew our condo was very near (the sugar cane factory photo was taken during the day).