After about only 30 minutes on the slope switchbacks, we entered a heavy cloud cover for about the next two hours. Certainly beautiful in its own way..the cows didn't seem to mind it at all.
right, a view of the crater. And the clouds below us.
Unexpectedly, we took a closer look at the clouds where people were pointing and there was a person parasailing! Four more soon followed, and we wondered how they could ever see through the cloud covering below to know where they were landing.
The colors of the sunset over the crater.
Advice to those who wish to see the sunset from Haleakula: be aware that there is a research complex facing the sunset, so all your pictures will have domes, satelite equipment and tent-like structures in your view, too. If you can stand getting up really early, go instead for sunrise.
Again, like Hana, it was almost as if the trip getting there was as delightful as the final destination. Though the view of the crater was spectacular and the sunset lovely, we could not see beneath the clouds to the island below. Still, a wonderful time...and now I'm nearly concluded with our trip highlights - thanks for staying tuned to my blog. However, you might not want to miss the wrap-up coming soon on our idea on how we can finance our retirement in Hawaii!