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