Driving to the top of the 10,023 feet (3055 metre) high Haleakala volcano to witness the sunrise is one of the things they say you must do when visiting the Hawaiian island of Maui. I don’t know who they are, but in this instance, they’re right!
I previously posted a couple of Rich’s pictures in response to a photo challenge on the very day we went up Haleakala, back on December 6th last year (Grand Symbols Over Maui). But I’ve always felt I didn’t really do the experience full justice. Hopefully, this post will fix that.
We were up at 2 am and on the road by 3. With Sue and Lori fast asleep, I kept Rich company as we wound our way up the sinuous road to the volcano’s summit. A spread-out string of red tail lights snaked up the mountain in front of us, with a similar string of white headlights following on behind.
As it turned out, we overestimated how long the journey to the top would take. It was still full night when we arrived at the summit, about an hour before the Sun was due to show its face. But better that than being late. And anyway, it gave Rich and I lots of time to stumble around in the dark, experimenting with photographing the stars, while the others continued to catch up on their beauty sleep.
By the time dawn approached, a small crowd had gathered at summit. The experience of watching the Sun rise above the Big Island of Hawai’i, across Haleakala’s crater, was wondrous. But I think Rich’s photos tell the story better than I could ever express in words…
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