the too early to wake up, Haleakala day

Monday 16 May 2016

I’m used to still being awake at this time of the morning.

I am not used to waking up at this time of the morning.

We were up about 1.30am to have a quick freshen up and find something to eat. The Cadillac Diner is open 24 hours so we headed there. They had snacks to go laid out for all the mad, early risers who were headed off to the sunrise at Haleakala. Like us. Mad.

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We were early so we sat and had a coffee and a snack and we could take some snacks with us too. There were little tubs of yoghurt, bananas, apples, milk drinks and muffins. We grabbed another coffee and a couple of snacks and headed off the ship. We were early so had to wait a little while for our 2.50am pick up but we soon became friendly with others waiting for the same tour with Roberts, including some fellow Aussies.

Looking good even in the middle of the night.

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Once we were on the way there wasn’t a lot to see as it was much too dark and we drove mostly in silence, some people taking the opportunity to snooze. Driving up the mountain we could see car tail lights ahead of us and looking behind we could see a long trail of cars following us.

We reached the visitor centre car park about 4.30am and from there it was a short walk to the toilets and then the lookout point. There were quite a few people there already so I was on the lookout for a good spot where I didn’t have to stand behind anybody and I wouldn’t have anything blocking my view. And then we waited for almost an hour for sunrise. At this point we were approximately 9740 feet or 2969 metres.

4.58am

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5.22am

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the visitor centre at 5.26am

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And the other direction at 5.30am. Peter took this photo, not me, I was right in front looking in the same direction as these people were looking.

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5.36am

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5.39am

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Here is a series of zoomed in photos which made the colours seem more intense

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also 5.42 am

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5.50am Sunrise is done and people are leaving already

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5.52am

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5.56am

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5.57am

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5.59am

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Finally, a good look at the crater

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Looking up at the summit lookout

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We went back to the tour bus in the carpark and had a snack and a drink. When everybody had made their way back to the bus we drove the short distance to the car park at the summit and took the path up to the lookout.

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The view into the crater from the summit lookout

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The silver sword plant, when it flowers the plant will die.

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When we headed back down the mountain it suddenly seemed like a good thing that we couldn’t see the road on the way up.

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Some of the views we could see going down were breathtaking.

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We stopped for breakfast in Makawao, this was included in the tour.

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After breakfast in Makawao we passed through the town of Paia which is a cute, little, hippy town.

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As we had a little time to spare they took us to Ho’okipa Beach

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If you look closely you can see our ride.

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There were TURTLES!!

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We arrived back at the ship and had lunch at the Key West Bar and Grill. I contemplated hanging out by the pool but there were more people there than I expected. Somehow I thought everybody would be enjoying a day out on Maui. We ended up just having an afternoon snooze.

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Just before 5.30pm we headed down to deck 6 to see if everybody made it back on the ship before the 5.30 all aboard. There were a few stragglers but everybody was back on board by 5.40pm.

These rowers were heading out about 5 minutes before sail away.

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Bye Maui … for now

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Bye Haleakala

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Tonight was time to get a little fancy for “Norwegian’s night out” and there were photos with the captain. We got a little dressed up and had our photo taken. The one with the captain turned out terrible so we didn’t buy that one. I did buy a photo of just the two of us but it isn’t that great and I am not putting it here.

As we were slightly dressed up we chose to have dinner in the Liberty main dining room and took Peter’s birthday cake voucher with us. We had a fantastic waiter who used to be a marine. He loves Australians and couldn’t say enough good things about Aussies. The service was so fast, we had our starters within five minutes of ordering and didn’t wait very long for our mains either. By the time we had dessert, Tiramisu!, we were so full we still didn’t get that birthday cake. And we were so tired. At 9.00pm it was time for an early night.

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