Iao Valley State Park
Travel back with me to Hawaii … one misty afternoon in Maui, we drove to Iao Valley State Park. Is this what you’d call a cloud forest? It was very cloudy and damp. See the mountains? That type of very green, “ripply” type mountain was everywhere in Hawaii. Although I don’t know that mountains in Peru are similar, I dubbed these “Chili mountains” in honor of our pet chinchilla, Chili, who is native to the Peruvian mountains. Can’t you just see Chili hopping happily in all that greenery? We could. “CHILI MOUNTAIN!” was a frequent refrain in the vehicle.
I was amazed at how “rain forest-y” it seemed here. I never thought of Hawaii being a rain forest, but you know, it *is* tropical there. It *is* jungle-like.
The highlight of the park is the Iao Needle. No, you can’t climb up it, but we hiked up close to the base.
The girls were traumatized to learn the definition of a “phallic stone.”
The rain began in earnest, as we learned it frequently does in Hawaii, and we were off to our next adventure …