For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to watch the sunrise from Haleakala, the second tallest mountain in the world (the second is on the Big Island of Hawai’i). This adventure required us to get up at 2:10am (!!) for our 2:30am pick up. I felt pretty terrible on the bus, driving through the night up the side of the volcano, but it was all worth it when we arrived at the summit at about 5:30am, just before the sun rose.
The sun rise is spectacular from this spot as the sun peaks through the clouds, giving a view like none I’ve ever seen before.
After an easy bike ride down the mountain, we stopped at the base – near some lovely horses. This fellow wanted to be friends.
We arrived back at our hotel at about 11am – and went straight back to bed! It was exhausting, but an amazing experience.
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