The summit of Haleakala with views of southwest Maui below.
Hawaii peeking above the clouds in the distance.
This had to be the twistiest, curviest road I've ever seen. I thought of Tim the whole drive up.
Though the mountain was created by a volcano long ago, Haleakala crater is actually actually an erosion crater, not a volcanic crater like those on the Big Island. However, it is impressive nonetheless.
I raced up here to the summit so quickly that I really didn't give my body time to acclimate to the change in altitude. It was a little difficult to breathe up here. For that reason, I was frankly glad to be going back down.
Aren't the colors inside the crater cool?
The crater is so huge that I couldn't fit it all in one shot.
So, I had to take a couple of shots to fit it all in.
I'm not sure I've ever walked above the clouds before.
10,000 feet up, and only 6 miles to the ocean below!
The west side of Haleakala leading down to the coast below.
And yet another view of the mountainside and coast below.
Haleakala seems to make the weather for the island. It rains more often on the east side of the island, than the south. Even though Maui is only 728 square miles, it can be raining on one side of the island, and not the other.
Views of west Maui.
It may appear as if I was drunk and couldn't stand straight when I took this picture, but this is actually the side of the crater.