Kalaupapa Guided Mule Tour Molokai

We rented a car the day before the tour and checked out where we would be going the next day. Of course the weather was beautiful the day we had a car.

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The morning of our tour we checked in at the Mule tour barn. It was cloudy. No rain but cool. As we drove up the barn the mules were all out waiting for us.

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I am not a horse person so the thought of riding down a cliff with tight turns on a mule was pretty intimidating for me. I hiked out of the Grand Canyon after a raft trip once. Of course I ran into mules on that trail and thought to myself, I’ll never do that on a cliff. Well, here I was about to do a mini version of the Grand Canyon trip.

Here is a shot of the barn. Nothing fancy. Molokai is very different in feel than the other Hawaiian Islands. There are very few hotels and few chain stores of any kind.

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The barn where you check in for the tour.
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I’m not sure who’s more concerned about what’s ahead, me or the mule.

While we waited for everyone to check in and get their mule I kept myself busy with cameras.

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Soon we were underway. It was just a short ride along the road to the trailhead. The first part of the descent wasn’t so bad. You didn’t have a sense of being on a cliff because of all the vegetation.

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About halfway down, we got our first view of the peninsula. It had started to rain so the trail got pretty slick. The mules would slip on the concrete steps. That was pretty unnerving for me.

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The trail was more open now and you really noticed how you were clinging to the little bit of trail along the cliff.

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At the bottom the trail flattens out and you ride along the shore.

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A view of town from the trail.

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