Ok, so against the advice of my wife and sister I went back to the place where I fell. I wanted to see how close to reality my memory of it was. I also had the hair brained idea of digging up the cactus and planting it in my yard.
I must have stumbled backward a couple of steps because the distance between the two points is quite a ways. I guess the rock just to the right of the cactus was where I hit my leg.
The cactus head catcher is just as I remember it. I knew there were a lot of rocks but did not realize the plant was right on top of a rock.
My memory of the cliff was not as accurate. The third photo is taken from where I landed. It would have taken some effort to get over the cliff.
At one point while taking these photos I heard what sounded like a baby crying. I soon realized I was standing right in the middle of a shearwater nesting area. The shearwater is a seabird that likes to nest in holes dug in the ground. They are very vulnerable to cats and dogs. I have seen a few shearwater nesting areas near the sea and this is a very large and important one. I came in a way where there was no indication of the site. There is some construction fence but it is haphazard and there are no signs. This type of fencing is probably not the best for this purpose as I saw two dead birds caught in it. I left as soon as possible.
I hope the Kukuila golf course and/or the state understands the critical nature of this site. They need to keep everything out and yet allow the birds in. A nice start would be some signage of any kind.
Please don’t go to this place, I am obviously sorry I did. It is very close to the road and you can get great photos from there.
All of these photos were shot with my iphone. Did I mention that I love my iphone.