Haleakala National Park
Haleakala National Park Travel Blog› entry 17 of 17 › view all entries
September 22nd, 2007 – by: mahoney
We drove back down to the highway and found a little town with a gas station. It was funny because the old lady that was there was watching the Ohio State University football game on this little TV. We filled up and got some advice to go to a little cafe for lunch. It was a great find and had a nice rest before we went back to Haleakala with a full tank of gas.
The views are amazing from the top, we were able to see the Big Island. Stretching across east Maui, Haleakala National Park is home to Haleakala Crater, an active, but not currently erupting volcano, and Maui's highest peak. Rising over 10,000 feet above sea level, Haleakala's graceful slopes can be seen from just about any point on the island. Haleakala means "House of the sun" in Hawaiian, and legend has it that the demigod Maui lassoed the sun itself from its summit to slow the sun's journey across the skies.
Watching weather actually forming is an experience. We saw the wind bring moisture into the crater, and then clouds gently forming and flowing over the lip to the sky below. Although it was windy and chilly, we still managed to get sunburned at the top.
We drove back down, turned in the rental car and headed to the airport. A quick hop back to Honolulu and then onto Ohio. A beautiful end to a wonderful honeymoon and the start of our lives together!
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