Posted by: griswoldfun | May 8, 2013

Maui – day 3

Day 3 – We woke up early to see the sunrise at  Mt Haleakala.  And I mean early… we left the hotel at 4 am (and managed not to tell the guys what time we needed to get up until the night before). It wasn’t too bad because of the jet lag..and because of McDonald’s (thank you for being open 24 hours a day!).  It took almost 1.5 hours to get to the visitors center, but we made it in time for sunrise.  It was cold, but so pretty!
After sunrise we hopped back in the car to warm up for a bit.  We shed some of our layers (I had 5 layers of shirts on) and then went back out to walk around and explore the crater.  The crowds cleared out and we were pretty much by ourselves.
We did run into another visitor and had him take a group picture.  He commented “I heard sunset is just as nice as sunrise”.  The looks the guys gave us!   But sunset wasn’t an option as after the mountain and changing rent cars (long story!) we headed to west Maui were we spent the rest of the trip at the Royal Lahaina! And where we promised the guys no more forced early wake ups!  As soon as our rooms were ready we changed into swimsuits and hit the beach.

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