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West Maui and Haleakalà revisited (Hawaii)

(Monday 30 July 2012) by Lynda
Waihe'e ridge trail
Waihe'e ridge trail

The interior of West Maui doesn't see many visitors and I can't see the reason why. The mountainrange is just as impressive as the mountains on Kaua'i and the views are amazing and you have the place all to yourself which is an added bonus. We hiked the Waihe'e ridge trail, with lush valley landscapes and lofty views of Maui's northern coast and the central valley; the path was quite steep and muddy and the summit was covered in the clouds but after our lunch the wind came in and we got our reward, a great view of the northern coast and we could even see Pa'ia. The muddy trail made our descent slow and.....oh well.....very, very muddy!

After our first attempt to conquer the summit of Haleakalà we decided to be prepared this time, we switched cars - a beautifull Ford Mustang Convertible 3,6l V6 - ok, the car wasn't really the problem last
Driving the Mustang to Haleakalà summit
Driving the Mustang to Haleakalà summit
time but you have to agree this one looks much nicer on the volcano? We drove up to Hosmer Grove at 6800ft and pitched our tent inbetween bushes to shelter the tent from the strong winds. We drove up another 1000ft to see a beautiful sunset over the clouds, made a fire in the bbq pits at Hosmer Grove and roasted marshmellows.....thank you Camping Maui for providing us with marshmellows, a nice little touch. And after a short, windy, rainy and cold night we went up to the summit to be met by blizzard winds, subzero temperatures and big drops of rain, but we made it. The summit covered in clouds, waiting for the first beams of sun to climb over the clouds, not yet awake and not sure if I really want to be here, but the first rays of sun touching my face, the eary glow of the sun on the crater rim, so beautiful and so precious. Sunrises don't come much better than this, standing on top of the world in an outerspace surrounding and being kissed by the sun! Hawaii is so extreme, very over the top and I love it!!!!


Relaxing at Wailea Hotel
Relaxing at Wailea Hotel
After all the hardship on the volcano we drove straight to our 'over the top luxury' resort in Wailea, the famous Coast of East Maui. Wailea looks like a members-only country club with golden-sand jewels sparkling along the coast. A big Maholo for Hawaii's beach access laws that allow anyone to visit these beautiful beaches, no private beaches here. It was really hard to leave our lounge bed at the poolside but we also wanted to explore this part of the island: Big Beach and Little Beach and we drove all the way to La Pe'rouse bay through the weird looking 'Ahihi-Kina'u natural area reserve were you can see the remains of Maui's last lava flow that spilled down to the sea. A jagged lava coastline that looks like a place on Mars. What a great way of finishing our trip to Hawaii; the resort was perfect and even the tacky wedding chappel looked just right. I feel really privileged about this trip and ofcourse all my other trips, I visit so many beautiful places and meet great people and the best of all, the traveling will always be there, waiting for me.

Time to go back home and try to live a normal life for a while.... until the itching and craving returns......

Travelyn

 


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