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Haleakala Backpacking Adventure Night 2: The Sunset, The Milky Way, and Shooting Stars

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.

Waiting patiently for the sunset. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Waiting patiently for the sunset. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

In Paliku Cabin looking out. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

In Paliku Cabin looking out. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Sun going down. Cotton candy blue sky. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Sun going down. Cotton candy blue sky. Photo by Janice Duldulao.

Paliku Cabin as the sun sets. Photo by Allison Baird.

Paliku Cabin as the sun sets. Photo by Allison Baird.

Getting the fire going. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Getting the fire going. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Cabin fire. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Cabin fire. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Everyone keeping warm inside Paliku Cabin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Everyone keeping warm inside Paliku Cabin. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

The view of the Milky Way from Paliku Cabin. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

The view of the Milky Way from Paliku Cabin. Photo by Joel Sabugo.

The Milky Way. Photo by Allison Baird.

The Milky Way. Photo by Allison Baird.

Tree silhouette. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Tree silhouette. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Red trees. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Red trees. Photo by Coty Gonzales.

Looking up. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Looking up. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Paliku Cabin and the milky way. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

Paliku Cabin and the milky way. Photo by Ahnate Lim.

About Coty

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

2 comments

    • Thanks Andy! Also check out the shots from the first night, it was so clear up there! By the way, you should come visit Hawaii sometime. I’d love to show you around!

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