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Haleakalā Crater

April 30, 2010

Thanks to all of you who read my post about the Hana Highway yesterday. I actually made the Freshly Pressed (front page of WordPress) so thanks. Your kind comments were also appreciated, I never new a post on Hawaii would garner so much attention.

Soooo here’s another!.

These images are from the Haleakala Crater on the island of Maui. I don’t have too much to say about the crater that isn’t better explained here so I will keep it short. 8 hours of fun in the sun with a certain bottle of rum the previous day kept us from making the guidebooks suggested 4 am pilgrimage to the summit. A few observations, the air is noticeably thinner at 10,000 ft above sea level I found myself working harder to get a full breath. The silence is deafening. The temperature changes by 30 degrees from base to summit. The weather changes from minute to minute, and it’s home to a plant called the Silversword which grows only there and nowhere else on earth!

The views are stunning, it’s a worthwhile excursion but you might like to lay off the cocktails the day before you go.

Haleakala Crater

Moonscape

The crater is seven miles wide.

Mist rolling in.

Landscape on the accent.

One of the many hiking trails.

The view from the summit.

The one of a kind Silversword.

James looking cool.

Sugar Cane fields at the base.


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