Swim at Silver Falls during a horseback riding vacation in Kilauea, Hawaii
Picnic and swimming at Silver Falls
Halfway through, we stopped to eat and relax. In a rustic outdoor gazebo, we enjoyed a delicious hot lunch of shredded teriyaki chicken, rice with salty seaweed seasoning, pineapple and macadamia nut-studded salsa, and guava juice. Then, we headed down a path nearby to a deep, natural swimming hole at the base of small-but-picturesque Silver Falls. We weren’t quite prepared for the temperature—the water was easily 60 degrees—and waded in slowly, trying to not lose our footing on the slippery rocks, while Dave showed off by climbing a tree and jumping in. Once acclimated, we sat amid the falls, letting the water spill over our shoulders as we took in the surroundings.
All too soon, it was time to head back. I dried off, pulled on clothes over my wet swimsuit, and fed Keiki a special horse treat from Dave before mounting. The trail is a loop, so the scenery wasn’t exactly the same on the return trip, which was nice, and I soaked up the last minutes of the vivid green terrain. Back at the stables, we lead our horses to a water trough for refreshment and then posed for some group photos before hopping off and bidding our new friends farewell.
If You Go:
Silver Falls Ranch (808) 828-6718
Group trail rides range from $95/person for 90 minutes to $135/person for three hours. Private tours are available for more experienced riders.
About the writer: LeeAnne Jones is the managing editor for Diablo magazine.
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