I thought I’d share a few photos from some exploration I did today of the Haleakalā crater on Maui. The sisters I’m staying with gave me keys to a car, pointed me in the right direction, and off I went.
I went straight to the summit (10,023 ft.) to hear a talk by an intern about the `āhinahina (silversword), a plant only recently upgraded from the endangered species list to the threatened species list. This plant blooms once in its lifetime (anytime from 10 to forty or more years), and then goes to seed and dies. It is found only in this part of the world.
After taking my lunch up the short White Hill trail, I decided to hike down into the crater for about a mile on the Sliding Sands trail. Coming back up took longer, and at an elevation of more than 9000 ft., I was doing a bit of huffing and puffing, but all in all, a good workout, and some breathtaking scenery. I’m including but a couple of shots from my hike. I’m sure you can find even better photos if you do a Google search, but my photos are not too bad.
Tonight, I experienced an authentic luau, hosted by locals for locals, so that was a great time. I tried a little of everything, and enjoyed it all. Tomorrow after Mass, I may catch up and finish my assignments for the online course I’m taking, since today was supposedly the last day. Then I may catch a sunset somewhere on the island with Sr. S. – she told me where, but I forgot.
Monday evening I head back to Honolulu for a couple of days before I return to Baden for my directed retreat. I’ll try to keep up with the ongoing conversation and any new ones that come up – I’m on a six-hour delay from my normal Eastern Time zone, so please be patient with me.
Peace to all!