I stood on the edge of a crater. Those are words I never thought I would hear myself say (or write). Like most people, I appreciate what nature has to offer. It’s not everyday that we get to see some of the greatest wonders created by mother nature.
In Maui, the Haleakala National Park is one of those wonders. Not only can you hike its amazing trails while taking in it’s beautiful scenery, or watch an amazing sunrise or sunset, but you can also take a trip to a crater!
Standing near the edge of the crater has one of the most beautiful views of the island. While up there, we were standing at 9,000 feet above sea level (crazy right!?) It feels like you’re at the top of the world because you are literally standing in the clouds. If you’re standing along the sea shore far away from the crater, if you look up towards the mountains you’ll see a cluster of clouds formed at the top of them. Once you make it to the top of the crater, you’ve actually entered those clouds! How cool is that!?
The park itself is pretty amazing. You drive miles along incredibly windy roads to get to the park. In all honesty, it’s quite scary. Every turn is a hairpin turn, which if you look out over the edge, it can be a little nerve wracking. But trust me, the drive is worth it.
Once you enter the park, you drive about 20-30 minutes up to the crater, and along the way you get to see some pretty neat sites. You see tons of lava rock and silver cacti (yes, silver). Now, if you don’t live in Maui or any of the Hawaiian islands (like me), I think it’s safe to assume that you don’t see lava rock everyday. You also take a quick trip to a Lavender farm, which has some pretty yummy pastries and cool lavender based products!
The trip to the crater is not something I ever thought I would do in my lifetime, but I’m glad I did. If I learned anything from this trip to Maui, it’s to not be afraid to try a new adventure. It may be scary at first, and you may just flat out not want to do it, but I hope that you give it a try.