Posted by: danielfee | June 29, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 06-29-2012

Haleakala – Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala, aka the East Maui Volcano, is a massive shield volcano that forms more than 75% of the island of Maui. The tallest peak of Haleakala is 10,023 feet. From the summit one looks down into a massive depression some 7 miles across, 2 miles wide and nearly 2,600 feet deep. The surrounding walls are steep and the interior mostly barren-looking with a scattering of  volcanic cones. As we were driving to the top, the clouds set in and temperature continued to drop. When we arrived at the viewpoint it was cold, windy and we couldn’t see anything. But our guide told us to wait and be prepared with the camera. Sure enough a gust of wind blew the clouds out and opened up a beautiful vista for a few minutes and then the clouds settled in again. This occurred several times before we headed back down to the warmer Hawaiian weather.

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