Mt. Haleakala crater, a photo by Southworth Sailor on Flickr.
Haleakala rises 10,000 ft from the sea in the distance of a couple of miles. Looking at the cloud shrouded mountain from West Maui, it doesn't seem that tall. This morning we drove to the top. We opted out of the sunrise experience and the downhill bicycle adventure. The ring of clouds was quickly put below as the road switchbacked up the mountain. The volcanic landscape is very barren. The temperature drop to the low 60s and we put sweatshirts on. Many of the surrounding islands were blocked from view by the clouds, but we did get a glimpse of Hawaii. We took our time as we meandered down the 'upcountry' towns. Esther found a lavender farm to stop at, and we ate lunch in historic Makawao. We headed back to the condo and I ran 5 miles on the beach before enjoying homemade supper on our deck. Esther is still not feeling up to par, battling a cold and cough:(
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