Tuesday, April 23, 2013

National Parking: Haleakala National Park

The "sunrise" at the top of Mt. Haleakala before a kickin'
 bike ride all the way down to the ocean
Finally, the sun actually rose.  Beautiful!
National Park Week continues....this time we venture to the tropical islands of Hawaii.   The island of Maui in particular which is home to Haleakala National Park.     My mom, sister and I decided that we wanted the adventure of the sunrise bike ride down from the crater to the ocean.    We were picked up at our hotel at 2 in the morning, taken to the crater and outfitted with bikes.   And these stylish rain coats/pants.    Because even though you are in the tropics, it is still cold at 10,000 feet before the crack of dawn.    I had to buy a post card of the spectacular sunrises that some visitors see over the crater - but the rest of the ride was awesome.     Crater to ocean through seven different ecosystems and saying "hi" to the nene's (Hawaii's national bird...a tropical goose) and a stop for breakfast.    

Have you been to any of the National Parks in the Hawaiian Islands?  

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National Parking:  Bryce Canyon

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