When you live in paradise, it’s easy to find enough fault in cloudy weather to convince yourself to stay inside. But Hawaii native Tara Michie, the creative multihyphenate photographer, blogger, and stylist behind our favorite tropically tinged blog, Lady Slider, is well versed in the upsides of an imperfect day: empty beaches and new adventures.
“I had the whole weekend planned out. Tyler, Annie (our three-legged Border Collie) and I were going to spend the weekend on the east side of O’ahu: camp in our friends front yard, wake up for the sunrise, paddle out to the Mokulua islands, surf, and go on a hike—the sort of things we don’t typically get to do living on the North Shore.
And then, it rained. All weekend, everywhere. Not only did it rain but with it came the wind. Not the most ideal weather to spend the outdoors with.
I stood in my friend’s house for a long time wondering if we should just go home and cuddle up to a Netflix movie. But the adventure in me said, “NO!”. So we grabbed our gear and went outside. The best part about going to the beach when it rains? No crowds! Even though it was a little wet and chilly, we made the most of it anyway.
After our little beach adventure we slowly made our way down the east side (a beautiful coastal drive with all kinds of fun stops). Along the way we found a cool little beach park nestled in Kaneohe Bay, stopped off at Waihole Poi Factory to fuel up on some grinds (local Hawaiian food), and made a quick pit stop at Kahana Bay before getting back to the North Shore. By Sunday, the clouds were still around but dry enough to go on a hike. Instead of doing our usual bunker hike we went out to Kealia Trail in Mokuleia, a first for all three of us (Annie included). Mokuleia was a lot dryer than the rest of the island and the perfect way to end the weekend.
In retrospect I am so glad we didn’t hide indoors all weekend. The chilly wind and rain made it so tempting but getting outside was worth it.”
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