18.4.11

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On Saturday we drove out to Haleakala National Park to see the crater or the moon crater as my mom called it. The drive was about 1.5 hours, this trek consisted of 38 miles climbing to the summit of 10,000 ft. This switchback drive boasts the most elevation gain in the shortest distance in the world. Each one of us was green by the time we got to the top. I volunteered to drive because I couldn't tolerate sitting there swaying back and forth watching the scenery swirl around me, hoping fresh air will cure the nausea. Fortunately they survived without any mishaps, it's just a rental though, right mom? To top the sickness, these winding, guardrail-less roads drove us up into the clouds making insanely difficult to see. It was nerve raking and exasperating at the same time; how often will I be behind the wheel of a car driving up a mountain through the clouds, in Hawaii?
The view of the crater was unreal. The hike to the viewpoint was short which was somewhat of a disappointment after the roller coaster ride to get there. I was hoping to fulfill my National Park intense trail fix, instead we learned lots of cool stuff. This crater summit is the fourth clearest place in the world to watch and study the stars. We were confused at first by the four white domes, but it was the sweet ass research facility for astronomy and a military sector for monitoring space. 
I have made a promise with myself to come back here, camp, and star gaze to my hearts content.
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