This Mother’s Day, there was no pampering. Instead we satisfied the tomboy in me, and together with my boys we got into some dirty fun at Kipu Ranch Adventures.
Kids have to be at least 12 years old to ride on one of these, so we were in the TeRyx, pictured above, but Max had to at least try one on.
We geared up, and were ready to start our 4-hour Waterfall Picnic Tour.
The entrance to Kipu Ranch travels through this amazing grove of Cook Island Pines.
The mountains surrounding this beautiful, undeveloped private ranch, owned by the Rice Family, serves as the backdrop for many Hollywood films, including Jurassic Park, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Pirates of the Carribean 4.
Before heading down the trails, our guides Marlon and Lumbo, take everyone through a safe ATV driving course. Michael and Max pass with flying colors!
The first trails lead along this grassy hillside, where in a scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford ran down yelling at his pilot, who was fishing from the plane in the stream below, to “Start the plane!”
Our first stop is Kipu Stream and this tree with a rope swing. It is here that Indiana Jonah takes his first dry swing from. The same place that Indy made his famous, rope swing-into the stream-to catch the plane scene happen.
And this is Indiana Jonah,Junior, doing his wet swing there.
On the way to the next stop, we wait for a herd of cattle to cross our path, actually, I think it’s their path, they just let us use it.
Our next stop, the waterfall where they filmed a photo shoot from America’s Next Top Model, Season 2. Max and I strike our top model pose under the same waterfall. Cool that you can walk under this waterfall without getting wet.
And here next to the waterfall, is where Marlon and Lumbo set out a really nice lunch. Complete with sandwiches from one of the best deli’s on the island, cold drinks, and…
Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies for dessert. (Tip…do not wear white on this tour, as shown on Michael’s white tee in the background).
Our guide, Lumbo, took Max to the waterfall’s stream where they found this strange, long-clawed crawfish.
After a relaxing lunch break. We take our ATV’s for one last adventure through this beautiful bamboo grove.
Where we hike down this lovely path through the bamboo.
To find this private swimming hole.
A great place to let nature wash the dust or mud from you.
After 32 years of motherhood, today was celebrated with lots of what makes being a mother fun…
A sometimes dirty adventure, filled with fun, laughs and love along the way.
Hoping all of you amazing mom’s celebrated your Mother’s Day filled with love and joy!