Second night in Haleakala and the second night of missing my shower at home. What helped, though, was the cool and crisp air. It’s not very humid at this elevation, unlike a typical day in downtown Honolulu. At Paliku cabin, slight showers would come and go. I figured that this was a more than common occurrence, based on the lush, green vegetation.
As night began to fall, Ahnate, I-Ting, and Bin began prepping the furnace. They were like old pros now, after considerable practice the night before at Kapalaoa. The days hike was short and sweet and I so I had the sense that most of us weren’t as tired as the night before. The location of Kapalaoa cabin was beautiful, but Paliku, she was world class.
Again, we spent time outside of the cabin admiring the Milky Way. If you’re looking for a place to view the Milky Way in all of its stunning glory, then there are few places to do so that are better than from Haleakala Crater. Away from the crowds and devoid of light pollution. The conditions here are excellent.
Once more, sleep proved to be a futile experience for me. I tried using my space blanket, but that didn’t work. Space blankets are noisy. It’s akin to sleeping with a large piece of foil. Actually, I didn’t really need much. I left my sleeping bag open and put on a pair of socks and used my jacket to bed. And I was fine. I didn’t feel as cold here as I did the previous night at Kapalaoa cabin. But still, I was the last to fall asleep and the first to wake up. I’d have one more night in the crater to get a good nights sleep. Two more days.