It takes awhile to reach Haleakala from our hotel and it is only as we actually begin to approach the mountain that I realize how truly massive it is. . . . and, of course, I can only see what is ABOVE the ocean. Wow! That is an impressive pile of rock.
Once we really start to climb, we seem to rise forever as the road swooshes back and forth between hairpin turns.
We get out of the car to follow the trail to the Leleiwi Lookout, urged on by the promise of a surprising view of the crater. (It is the wrong time of day to glimpse a brocken spectre, so scenery is all we are looking for today.)
At the summit we are greeted by a small garden of glorious baby silverswords! We have seen a few along the way up the mountain, but now these wonderful rare plants can be examined close-at-hand.