There is a place in Poipu where they have been clearing invasive plants near the ocean. As this work has been going on they have been uncovering interesting features like this rock trail and rock walls and stairways. I could tell from a distance that someone had put a lot of work into this trail and I wanted to photograph it. After taking some photos I walked to the end of the trail and started back.
I was carrying my camera on a heavy tripod with my camera bag/backpack on my back. After this trail ends there are some large boulders to climb. At the top of the boulders I somehow lost my balance and fell backwards landing at the bottom of the boulders on the trail, about a ten foot fall. I landed on my back and hit my head hard. After catching my breath and checking for broken bones I noticed that my head had landed right on top of a cactus plant that had been cut off on the trail. The cactus stub acted as kind of a cushion for my head. All around this spot was lava rock. If I had hit my head on rock I would have been badly injured or worse. I also noticed that three feet to my left was a cliff dropping thirty feet down to rocks. All I suffered was a badly bruised leg and a crushed ego.
I have done a lot of hiking on Kauai in search of photos. This is the first time I have ever fallen. How is it my head hit exactly the right place or I didn’t go off the cliff? I learned three things from this experience. 1) I am sixty not thirty. 2) To be more grateful for every day cause you just never know. 3) This lens does not do well at f22.