We’ve got our big trip to Iceland coming up in a couple of weeks. I had purchased a Mavic Pro drone to use for our travels, but have not really practiced flying it very much at all. In need of some exercise, and a cool place to try and take some practice drone footage, we decided to head out to the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail.

The “trail” here is very easy. It’s fully paved all the way up to the highest scenic point. The incline is gradual and the path is wide throughout making it easy to get around the crowds of locals and tourists who frequent the trail. Really the only difficult thing about the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is finding parking. The small lot is almost always full, with cars in queue on the long driveway waiting to snag a spot.

The view of the lighthouse from the trail summit

Whales were out in force today. We spotted many from various parts of the trail and at various scenic points. There were a number of folks out today with binoculars hoping to catch a glimpse of the humpbacks. At one point we stopped to watch a few whales, far offshore in the distance, slap the water with their fins. The slapping created a loud “pop” noise that could be heard a few seconds after we observed the fins hit the water.

Unfortunately I realized that, like an idiot, I had forgotten to load a memory card into my drone before heading out. Lesson learned.