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Akaka Falls

I like to find places that are off the beaten path, however the only way to the bottom of this fall was straight down. Standing on a rail, raising my camera to capture this shot, I stretched my neck, gazing around the perimeter of the waterfall for a hike, or even a climb down. The ferns grew only a few feet in front of us on horizontal ground before the cliff dropped dramatically down into the small stream below. Meanwhile, just up ahead on the paved path we walked on, massive trees had crashed down and piled up, blocking our ability to get to the next waterfall. Nature can’t be tamed. Unapologetic and inspiring, it grows and develops in its own way.

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