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Haleakala Backpacking Adventure Night 1: The Sunset, The Milky Way, And Shooting Stars

As soon as the sun disappeared into the horizon, our entire group just gravitated to the outside of Kapalaoa Cabin. The cold air was nice and crisp. A jacket and my slippers were enough for me. Mike needed even less. While we (Ahnate, Allison, Coty, Janice, and Joel) were busy clicking out shutters, trying to capture the night sky, Mike simply lied flat on his back on the lone picnic table and watched as Mother Nature did her thing. And he did it all in his tighty-whities. We learned a lot about Mike that night.

After what seemed like a very long time outside, we all eventually made our way back inside the cabin. Ahnate, I-Ting, and Bin fiddled with the furnace. After considerable fiddling, they did eventually get the furnace burning and the cabin nice and warm. Only after did they notice that the instructions on how to use the furnace were right next to them, hanging on the wall. We all had a good laugh about that.

Sleep was difficult for me. I thought that I would fall asleep relatively quickly, but I didn’t. With nine other people in the cabin, you can only imagine the combination of sounds that would keep me company while I tossed and turned in my lightly padded bunk bed. In fact, it was almost like a symphony of snoring. It was fun..ny.

That first night, I really struggled with the fact that there would be no shower for me. I love showers. What was I doing here? And then I realized what I accomplished to get here. I descended the summit of Haleakala, passed tourists looking for a cheap thrill, and carried a heavy backpack through unforgiving sandy terrain at an altitude that’s not very fun to deal with. I did that. And then I realized that the shower could wait. Three more days.

The path to Kapalaoa Cabin. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Cotton candy sky. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Cotton candy sky. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Sunset over Kapalaoa Cabin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Sunset over Kapalaoa Cabin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Probably my favorite sunset was after the first day. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Probably my favorite sunset was after the first day. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Another perspective of the sunset in panorama form. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Another perspective of the sunset in panorama form. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Almost gone. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Almost gone. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

Catching a shooting star. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Catching a shooting star. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Kapalaoa Cabin, Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Kapalaoa Cabin, Haleakalā National Park, Maui, Hawaii. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

A Milky Way Panorama. Photo by Allison Baird.

A Milky Way Panorama. Photo by Allison Baird.

The Milky Way and a shooting star. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Milky Way and a shooting star. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The Milky Way behind the mountain that towers behind Kapalaoa Cabin. Photo by Allison Baird.

The Milky Way behind the mountain that towers behind Kapalaoa Cabin. Photo by Allison Baird.

The bright light to the right of the cabin is Ahnate and Bin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The bright light to the right of the cabin is Ahnate and Bin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Another shot of the Milky Way behind the cabin. You see that red light? Can you guess whose headlamp that is? Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Another shot of the Milky Way behind the cabin. You see that red light? Can you guess whose headlamp that is? Photo by Ahnate Lim.

One final shot before heading to bed. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

One final shot before heading to bed. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

About Coty

Founder of Exploration: Hawaii, Blogger, Hiker, Foodie, Apple Aficionado, T-Shirt Enthusiast, Psychologist, and Rogue Scientist.

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