Happy Monday, dear readers.
I hope you all had a spectacular weekend. I spent it doing ALL THINGS CHRISTMAS! I went to two Christmas parties, finished shopping, wrapped and watched ALL the Christmas movies. I’m just full of the jingle jangle now that I’m back home.
Instead of sharing a rather routine holiday weekend with you, I thought I’d start the week off with more Hawaii! I hope you don’t mind. 🙂
Haleakala Volcano Sunrise
Our first morning in Maui, the hubs and I woke up at 2 AM to drive several hours to Maui’s dormant volcano Haleakala. We did it our first morning, so we would still be accustomed to east coast time and the wake-up call would be easier. It felt like old times waking up in the dark!
The drive up the mountain was dark and curvy. We live in the mountains, so we are a little more used to roads like this, but it was still a challenge. Ok, to be entirely honest it was not a challenge to
sit sleep in the passenger seat, but the Hubs said the drive was tough! 😉
The volcano peak is at 10,023 feet, so it’s a long way to go from the beach.
We arrived to the top of the mountain and it was so dark you couldn’t even see to walk. We used our phones as flashlights to reach the viewing area. It was really spooky!
After waiting in the freezing cold (literally in the 30s!,) the colors started changing. Even before the sun officially rose, we saw the colors bounce off the sky.
As the sun came up, we were blown away at our surroundings. In the pitch black, it was hard to get our bearings and understand where we were!
Such a stark difference from the lush green Maui beach resort. It kind of seemed like we were on the moon!
As the actual sun started peaking above the clouds, the colors became even bolder.
I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything quite as spectacular!
I tried to take pictures, but also wanted to just watch the sky changing.
I never imagined the first day of my Hawaii vacation wrapped up in my winter coat, but it was worth it!
After enjoying the show, we explored the viewing area.
We could see all the way down to the tropical beaches.
We considered sticking around to do some hiking, but we were both exhausted and hungry, so we went back down the mountain.
We decided to stop to eat about half-way back down the mountain at Kula Lodge.
We shared a really yummy omelet and…
bananna macadamia nut pancakes for the win!
It was still cool and brisk, but the views were so pretty from Kula Lodge. Totally worth the trip!
Before we went down to the beach, we stopped at a Lavender farm called Ali’i Kula Lavender.
They had gardens, trails and a cute shop to explore.
I loved these tropical flowers.
You could smell the lavender everywhere!
It was a really beautiful and relaxing place!
We bought some lavender tea and scones and enjoyed a peaceful morning.
Next stop was the Surfing Goat Dairy!
Yup– surfing goats!
These folks make THE BEST goat cheese you’ll ever try.
And as an added bonus they just had baby goats! These cuties were only a day old.
I wanted to take the tour, but both the Hubs and I were so exhausted from traveling and the sunrise adventure that we decided to just take some goat cheese back to Wailea with us.
We spent the rest of the day relaxing at the Wailea Beach Marriott!
Before we knew it, it was time for the sunset!
I can’t ever remember taking the time to watch both the sunrise and sunset in a single day before. It’s kind of magical!
Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a new Crock Pot soup perfect for New Year’s Day! It will bring you good luck all year.
Have you ever watched the sunrise and sunset in one day?
How was your weekend?