Summit of Haleakala NP, Maui

October 24 2015 -

My wife and I drove to the top of Haleakala in Oct 2015. The drive up was dark, winding and steep. I was in awe when I saw the Moon upside down for the first time in my life. The summit is at 10,000 feet and above the clouds. I was there very early to do a time lapse. The first visitors to the Haleakala summit asked me if I worked there because they weren't expecting to see anyone that early. I mistook zodiacal light for light pollution and minutes later when I realized, I wanted to shout, oh my goodness, it's zodiacal light! I used a walkie talkie from the summit to periodically tell my wife that I'm safe. Out in 0C at 10, 000 feet with heavy winds for 3 hours straight, my face shrank considerably and lost a few pounds, making my fitness conscious wife jealous :)