I am not the biggest fan of riding animals. The last time I went horseback riding in Ecuador with my mother and sister I decided it just wasn’t something I would seek out in the future. Some people love horse riding, I could take it or leave it.
When I was too lazy to hike back up Colca Canyon I was petrified to learn that mules are edge walkers and I was looking straight down cliffs.
Not really my idea of fun.
So when the Moloka’i Visitors Bureau booked me on a mule ride down a valley in Kalaupapa National Park with Kalaupapa Rare Adventure I was not looking forward to it at all.
I don’t want to die.
Sure I know it will happen but I don’t want it to happen on a mule’s back, I’d rather fall down a cliff by my own clumsiness. Well actually I’d rather not fall off a cliff at all.
Please don’t let me die.
But it’s one of the biggest activities in Moloka’i so I didn’t want to miss out and hopped up on my mule Poele – which means Twilight in Hawaiian. The ride down was at a good pace and the mules stopped every once in a while so I could take awkward iPhone photos. It turns out I was worried for no reason.
I didn’t die.
Actually I really enjoyed it. Unlike my Peru experience, the trail is well established and within the forest. I didn’t have to look down the 1,600-foot cliffs wondering how close I was to my death. I was able to just sit and enjoy the view, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Disclosure: I was a guest of the Moloka’i Visitors Bureau but they did not ask me to write a favourable review or share so many iPhone photos.