Flying Lad in Maui! Part 2
Sunset at Haleakala
After much reading, and knowing we didn’t want to get up at 3 am and drive for 3 hours, we decided to take a drive up to the summit of Haleakala for sunset. However, traffic had something else in mind. Since we were staying in Lahaina, there is basically one way in and one way out. And when we were leaving, there was an accident that completely shut down the only way out. So we turned around and went home.
But as luck would have it, the next evening that we had open to drive up there was going to be a full moon! I must say it was spectacular. Soon after the sunset behind the clouds, the full moon rose right behind us. The pictures don’t do it justice as we travel light and shoot with our phones, but it was amazing. When you get here, you will have to pay an entry fee, so if you plan on hitting several spots, it may be worth the annual pass.
If you go, keep in mind IT WILL BE COLD AND WINDY! I know it’s Hawaii, but you’re 10,023 feet up in the air here. Plan accordingly. While driving up you’re going to pass through nearly every sort of climate zone that exists. And it’s likely going to be foggy for stretches so be careful and drive slowly. Along the way there are several local residents who sell their ample fruits and flowers on the roadside, usually “Honor Stands”. If you think you might want something, bring small bills and get it now. It’ll be dark when you come back.
Speaking of Long Drives – A few days later we decided to make the trek out to Hana.