Hi there! How was your weekend? Our weekends have been pretty low key around here with Sadie being the main reason for us slowing down a bit. On the one hand, it is good because we love hanging out with our little fluff ball and on the other hand I’m kind of like “what was our life before puppy!?” We used to do brunch every weekend in the summer because there was nothing else better to do than goof off…Now, our days are sort of blurring together. I guess that’s what happens when you gain more responsibility!
I’m finally going to share the rest of our trip to Maui. Oh, Maui. How I miss you so…Looking back, it really WAS like a puppymoon. I was joking about it before but it actually was a nice relaxing break before our puppy changed our lives forever. Am I being a little dramatic? Maybe!
I’ll probably say this a million times but my favorite part about Maui is how it offers a great mix of beach relaxation and activity. We traded off days lounging at the pool/beach with a days of activity in the beautiful lush nature.
Driving to the top of Haleakalā for sunrise or sunset is not to be missed when you are in Maui! Especially if it’s your first time on Maui. Instead of waking up at 2AM to catch the sunrise (the more popular time) we opted to drive up for sunset since we heard it wasn’t nearly as crowded and just as gorgeous (plus you can sleep in). We also opted out of any tours because we wanted to go at our own pace. I honestly hate tours since you feel like you don’t have the freedom and it wastes more time and money.
So Brett offered to drive up and while it was a little scary at times, he handled it like a champ. The drive up is filled with various view points and hikes along the way. We bought a self-guided tour on an app which was GPS enabled. It was so great because it talked us through the drive up, informing us on all the specific sights to see and hikes not the be missed. It was nice to pick and choose which ones interested us and which ones didn’t. I definitely recommend hiking down to see the crater and obviously checking out the summit area to watch the sunrise or sunset at the very top.
We left around 2PM from our hotel in Wailea and we finally got up to the top by 6PM, leaving just about 45 minutes to spare until sunset. The whole journey to the top was definitely a really special experience for broth Brett and myself. It was well worth the effort and cool temperatures to see the sky light up into the colors it did that night. Not to mention how calm and quiet it is up there on the top of that mountain. You literally feel like you are floating amongst the clouds. I’ve always been a sunset girl and the sunsets in Hawaii are meant to be cherished. It is almost hard to put into words how cool it is to see the sky go from blue to yellow to orange to pink and purple.
So if you love gorgeous views of the mountains in the countryside, pretty hikes, and an epic sunset I highly recommend doing Haleakala if you ever find yourself in Maui. It is well worth it! And this is coming from someone who hates leaving the beach in the middle of the day.
Things to bring with you:
-Sunblock – it might feel chilly up there but the sun is strong
-Hiking clothes for warm weather and cold weather (the top is freezing so bring a warm jacket)
-Snacks – these really came in handy! We brought cheese, popcorn, and nuts