Today we met a couple from Canada that had just finished the hike to Waimoku falls after taking the last picture their camera battery would allow. Christen and I offered to take their picture with our camera and tonight I emailed it to them.
Soon after taking the picture, we crossed back over the creek and one of Christen’s flip-flops was pulled off by the current in the creek and we watched it quickly float on it’s way to the Pacific Ocean. After making sure it was truly gone, we began the trek back to the car, Christen half barefoot.
As we walked the path back down the hill, through the mud and over the rocks, I kept looking to the creek, sure we’d find the bright purple sandal stuck on a rock or washed up on the side of the creek. No luck.
After walking about a quarter of a mile, we heard a man yell, “Stop!” We turned around to see a man walk up to us and say, “It didn’t get as far as you thought.” He handed Christen her sandal, we gave him an extremely relieved thank-you and headed down the mountain.
The common decency of humanity, that’s what I’m thankful for.