On recommendation, we decided to drive up to Haleakala Crater after the zip line (since we were halfway there.) The top of the crater was 10, 023 feet high. It was such a crazy feeling to drive up the crater through the clouds. Even stranger to stand on the top of the crater on a cloudy day with the sun burning down upon you because the clouds are all below!
When we milled around the visitor center, we encountered a man from China who rode his bike all the way up the crater. He said it took him six hours. I doubt I would’ve made it 200 feet! (Yes, it’s that bad. Writing blog posts doesn’t exactly build muscles! :))
I don’t know exactly what I expected to see at the top of a dormant volcano, but once I got there, I realized I thought I would see more vegetation. We found mostly dirt and lava rock and learned that the conditions can be quite harsh there – anything between searing heat and snow.
We discovered one striking plant that looked almost like plants we see in the Arizona desert. The only difference was that this one had shimmer to it. We read that it was a Silversword and the only place it grows is the Haleakala Crater.
So that’s the short version of our trip to Haleakala. Hope you enjoyed the view from above the clouds!