Our original plan for the following day was to get up early—well before dawn—and drive up to the top of Mt. Haleakala to see the sunrise. After talking with the girl at the reception desk, though, we changed our minds. She suggested that we instead go up to see the sunset. This way we wouldn’t have to wake up so early, we wouldn’t have to drive up the mountain in the pitch black, and we wouldn’t have to deal with the crowds of people all going to see the sunrise. She also advised us to go prepared with warm clothes, lawn chairs to sit in (we borrowed these from the condominiums), and something to eat. So we spent the early part of the day at the beach (where we didn’t take any photos) and then packed up and left for Haleakala in the afternoon.
This picture was taken part of the way up the mountain, where we were already pretty high up. The road was winding, and it was definitely easier to drive up while it was still light. True, we would have to drive back down in the dark, but having driven the road once already I wasn’t too worried about that.