Exploring Haleakalā National Park
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About Exploring Haleakalā National Park
I excitedly told some friends from WordCamp Maui 2015 about watching the sun set at Haleakalā National Park. They laughed.
It’s a decent trek to get to the top of the 10,000 ft mountain. I had an evening before I headed back to the mainland, so thought I should make the journey. I set out for the 20 mile, 1 hour car ride and arrived at the top of the mountain where around 100 others were converging with cameras, wine, and warm clothing to watch the sunset.
The reason my friends laughed when I told them the story? At 10,000 ft, the temperature drops to near freezing temperatures (I was wearing sandals and shorts from sea-level), my Nikon battery died right before the sun set, and apparently the area is known for its epic sunrises. Oops.
It’d be awesome to ascend the mountain by foot the next time (with proper gear, of course), and get to the top right as the sun is rising. I got a taste of the volcanic martian landscape and beautifully clear access to the sky (one of the reasons the summit is also home to a national space observatory). Next time I’ll do it right, but until then, enjoy the pictures.