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Joshua and Macayla Fryc

I (Joshua) have grown up across the globe, while Macayla is a MN native. Most of our hobbies involve the great outdoors. Our top bucket list item is visiting every U.S. national park. We're currently trekking our way through Asia! Authors of NowBoardingFor.com

This place was beautiful! Busy, but still incredible. We didn't even know where the bamboo forest was until we stumbled across it while visiting the temple. Note to future travelers: Don't bother going into the temple (if you've been in temples before). It's wide open and faces the garden, so you can see everything from the garden anyway (which is magnificent with the vibrant pops of color, a great contrast to the stark green bamboo). The forest is at the very end of the garden, and combined it makes a wonderful and leisurely afternoon.

The deer have bipoolar personalities. One second they're content to nibble, the next they're butting and prodding you to hurry up and give them their crackers. But if they're in a good mood, try holding a cracker high and bowing to them like the Japanese do. Chances are, the deer will bow back! While some may not prefer up-close animals, the deer are only waist high and aside from butting, not harmful. Just promptly leave if it's obnoxious.

We were SO excited to find a legal way to hike the Haiku Stairs. Really bites that we struggled through mud for miles and never found the trail. Maybe we miscounted the 4 wheel drive crossings because we were at 15 or 16 when we hit the Kulana'ahane trailhead (on the left). The last crossing is allll the way at the end, and immediately after that last crossing, it's dense 12ft tall grass and the trail disappears. I'll save you some time and note that it goes nowhere :). Word to the wise: count the crossings, but don't take them as gospel. The Kullana'ahane is a better marker.

Great hike that can be a bit muddy in some parts, but totally worth checking out if you are in the area!