Chilling on top of Haleakala National Park

IMG_3807This weekend we saw a part of Maui that people don’t always think of.  We ditched the beaches and palm trees and went to the “upcountry.”  We visited the volcano of Haleakala National Park.

Haleakala is one of the two volcanoes on the island of Maui.  It stands 10,023 above sea level and the temperature change between the top and the bottom is drastic.  The temperature at the bottom was in the 70s, but the top was in the 40s.

Standing near the crater of Haleakala National Park.

Standing near the crater of Haleakala National Park.

Haleakala’s last eruption was in 1790 and it is still considered to be an active volcano.  Lucky for us, it’s not expected to erupt anytime soon.  In fact, it’s not expected to erupt ever again, but scientists aren’t ruling it out.  The crater at the top is seven miles wide.  They have trails that go down, but unfortunately the kids were too cold to spend a whole lot of time on top.

The view (what we could see of it) was spectacular.

The view (what we could see of it) was spectacular.

The trip to the top took about an hour and a half, and we passed through many different climates.  After stopping by the visitor center, walking around the top of the crater a bit, and having a quick car lunch (too cold to eat outside) we headed back down.  The weather on top of Haleakala changes by the minute, but it was very cloudy the majority of the time we were there.  We have heard one of the best things you can do on the island is be on top for sunrise.  That would involve getting up pretty dang early, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind.

Right now we are in the middle of rainy season on Maui.  The area we are living in (Kihei) is supposed to be the driest part of the island.  Not so much these days – it’s been raining a lot and we have a greater than 60% chance all this week.

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One response to “Chilling on top of Haleakala National Park

  1. BARBARA M. BERGDOLL STANTON

    OUTSTANDING! AWESOME! CRATERS/VOLCANO’S/ERUPTIONS????? HOW EXCITING! Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2014 21:29:39 +0000 To: spiritbms@hotmail.com

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