When you ask people what to do in Hawaii, one of the most common responses is that you must go see the sunrise over Haleakala Crater. Along with this comes the muttering that in order to do this you will also need to wake up at 3 in the morning and dress warmly. No matter how much you want to scoff at either of these mutterings, don't. Leave your condo at 3 in the morning and dress warmly. And when you think you've dressed warmly enough, add another layer. I'm pretty sure that Scott is freezing is booty off in the picture below. Think 30 degrees and very very windy. Very windy.
You want to leave early for a number of reasons. First, parking. Second, people stake a claim on the railings and it's really best to not have heads in your pictures (plus I had my GorillaPod wrapped around the railing so that I could take longer exposure pictures). Third, it would be a big fat bummer to drive all that way and miss the damn sunrise!
It was cold but heading to Haleakala (Ha-le-a-ka-la) was worth the trip. Plus it's on my bucket list! (yes, I admit that I put it on my list as we were driving up...shhhhh) And no--my pictures by no means to this trip justice. It's unworldly.
(mom, brother Nick, me, sisters Brooke and Kim)
Pretty sure it took forever for that little tiny gold lining!
Haleakala is about 10,000 feet above sea level. Considering we were coming from sea level, it was quite the hike in an hour's drive. The road was hairpin most of the way and driving back down in daylight we could tell just how steep the climb was. There were bikers and even skateboarders flying down the mountain with us (on the road) on the way down. Pitfall to going up and down 10,000 feet so quickly? Yup, that little chickpea may have gotten a little sick...all over her carseat and the rental. Smile.
We actually didn't hike down the crater because we were unprepared, but to give you an idea of the crater without the cloud cover, here's a picture my mom took. Not very Hawaiian, huh?!
So far I've narrowed down my Hawaii pictures from 700 to 60. Most of those are from the road to Hana so I think I can make some collages and such but I'll be breaking up these posts over the next few weeks (or so). Decided that was better than overwhelming you with a million pictures at once.
Have you seen the sunrise over Haleakala? I'd love to hear about one of those most memorable sunrises you've experienced.