We woke up at 3 in the morning (or, should I say mid-night for us). It’s one of the hardest things to do when you are on a vacation. The hotels coffee are usually really bad, this hotel we stayed in was no different, so we decided to skip it and just freshened up. Yawning, we started lazily from the hotel at 4 am to drive to the summit of Haleakala.
As we began to drive up the mountains, it was pitch dark. The one-way roads became circuitous and surprised us with a few hair-pin bends and missing rails. Thankfully, there were a few cars head of us which helped us. We had to keep talking to keep ourselves from dozing off. The roads winding around the volcano also treated us with aerial views of the city all lit up. At some point of time, I saw a huge ball of fire emitting smoke gushing into the darkness. I thought it was live lava flowing from one of the smaller volcanoes nearby, boy was I wrong!
We reached after an hour, the highest peak in Maui, 10, 000 feet above sea level, so we were basically above the clouds. But we couldn’t see it, it was still pitch dark. The parking lots were pretty much full by the time we reached, but there were a few spots left. In the cold, shivering and puffing off cold smoke, with jackets on we hiked a few dozen steps to the summit. People were busy taking spots to get a clear view, photographers setting up their tripods and some just walking around taking in the view.
We saw a peak pop out of clouds. There were just clouds. It was going to be a cloudy sunrise today. There were some people who were complete idiots walking in front of us and sitting right in front of us. Some from behind shoo’ed them away. We were waiting…
It was time for the sun to rise. We didn’t see anything. Just a red and orange hue. We still waited. Slowly, in midst of the clouds we could see a glimpse of the sun. The sun showed itself for a few seconds before it shyed away behind the ever dancing thick clouds.
Later, we just walk around, saw some amazing views of the city, literally from above the clouds. Driving back, we saw people on bicycles, riding down the mountain. They weren’t really riding as much as pushing the breaks on often.
We drove back a bit too disappointed to break our fast…