This time around, I insisted that we see the sunrise. All 6 of us woke up at 2 a.m. to drive out of here at 2:30 a.m. (Good thing we went to sleep early the night before!). It took 2 full hours to get to the top of Haleakala, where it was dark, cold, and very windy. I was freezing despite my jeans and hoodie. My stubborn husband refused to pack jeans, so he froze his legs of in shorts! The man sitting next to us had on an honest-to-God mink coat! We had to wait for more than an hour for the sun to actually rise, but we had the BEST seats in the house for an incredibly cool sunrise over the layers of clouds floating below. Yes, the sunrise was awesome and I'm very glad that we saw it this time around. But getting up so early on our first day of vacation was... rough.
|Before the sunrise...|
|Yes, this is actually OUR photo. Pretty incredible, huh?|
After a much-needed nap and a dip in our condo pool, we decided to head into Lahaina for dinner. We ate at a fairly new restaurant called "Mai Tai" and had a table out on an ocean-front deck. Our day truly came full-circle as we watched the sunset over the ocean in Lahaina. It was a really wonderful end to the day.