Surreal Landscape

From the summit of Haleakalā – Maui, Hawai’i

Many years ago I accompanied Cindy on a lengthy business conference trip to the Big Island of Hawai’i, and afterward we spent a week exploring Maui. Being extreme introverts, we didn’t do any of the usual daytime beach and surf scene, or the evening dance and clubbing scene – no, we went for nature fixes. And the best one I found was the Keoneheʻeheʻe (Sliding Sands) Trail that began near the summit of Haleakalā and meandered some 11 miles (17.8 km) through the 24,719 acres (100 km²) of remote Wilderness Area.

Wow – talk about surreal! At the top, it’s so cold that you need warm clothes and a jacket. At the floor of the crater, it’s so hot that you need shorts and a T-shirt. And during the climb out, it’s so damp and foggy that you need rain protection. There’s arid desert and damp jungle terrain. There’s wildly colored volcanic processes throughout the entire hike. Critters. Spectacular flora. This hike has it all.

If I ever make it to Maui again, this hike is one I plan on repeating.


Photo info:
The view from the summit of Haleakalā
Haleakalā National Park
Maui, Hawai’i
April 2009
Leica D-LUX 4 digicam

8 thoughts on “Surreal Landscape

  1. In preparing to land on the moon, NASA brought their astronauts to Haleakala for training. They brought their lunar module training craft, full suits, everything they would need to land and walk on the moon. When they did, the entire caldera was closed while they trained. NASA has thought of training here again on any future return mission to the Moon and mission to Mars. (NASA’s Mars mission is quite different from Elon Musk’s one-way trip.)

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    1. Haha – yeah, I don’t think I’ll be part of the SpaceX Mars effort!

      The Haleakalā crater is a wonderful place for such training, as is Craters of the Moon National Monument.

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