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Is it Worth It To Go Watch the Sunrise at Haleakala on Maui?

First glimpse of the sun at Haleakala

If you’re visiting Maui for the first or 15th time and looking for things to do, someone is going to suggest going to see the sun rise at Haleakala. The concierge at the Andaz Maui suggested I leave at 2:30 am and “bundle up” because temperatures (and wind) up at the 10.000 foot crater summit can be very chilly before dawn.

Crater Coffee: your last chance for a cuppa before Haleakala

The drive from Wailea was 90 minutes and pretty easy. The road to Haleakala is not as well paved as the more heavily traffic tourist roads on the island, but the winding part (full of hairpin turns) was only after I entered the park.

Plan a pit stop at Crater Coffee (open from 3-7 am ) for your last chance for caffeine fix, pastries and bathrooms. The coffee is good and service friendly and convince you it was worth it to get up so early.

Clouds before sunrise

I arrived at the parking lot at the summit an hour before sunrise. The stargazing was incredibly. Watching the clouds shift before dawn was mesmerizing. I headed to the far side of glass visitor hut at the summit, so that the hut would buffer me from the wind. I shot this time lapse video of the sunrise on my iPhone 5s using the Sunrise and Sunset preset on the TimeLapse App.

Is it worth it go see the sunrise at Haleakala? Totally.

The changing colors and shifting clouds are all part of the Haleakala sunrise show

If getting up early doesn’t work for you, some people prefer to come to watch the sunset. You can check sunrise and sunset time for Haleakala here.

The parking lot at the summit after sunrise

There are also several tour companies that offer bikes for you to bike down the crater after sunrise.

I loved how this guy’s blanket makes him look like a superhero

My advice- don’t miss the sunrise. It’s unforgettable. It was well worth the effort. NOTE: mobile phone service is spotty once you enter the park.

The glass shelter at the summit of Haleakala

Haleakalā National Park

Address: Kula, HI, United States (Directions)

Open 24 hours

Phone: (808) 572-4400

You can check out the weather forecast for the crater summit here.

Daily passes are non-transferable and are valid for 3 days including the date of purchase:

Private Vehicle: $10.

Motorcycle: $5.

Per Person: $5.

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Sunset Time Lapse Video at the Andaz Maui Resort at Wailea

Sunset view from the Andaz Maui at Wailea

I’ve been spending the past few days at the lovely Andaz Maui at Wailea. It’s been several years since I’ve visited this island, and I’ve been getting into the Aloha Spirit. The sunsets here are quite beautiful so I made this time lapse video to share a little virtual sunshine with my blog readers.

I shot this video using the TimeLapse app for iPhone

The Andaz is modern, fun, and has a outstanding restaurant, Morimoto Maui. It’s so good I’ve eaten there several times and will do a full post on it at a later date.

Enjoying the sunset from my balcony at the Andaz Maui Wailea

Andaz Wailea Maui at Wailea Resort

3550 Wailea Alanui Drive

Wailea, Hawaii, USA, 96753

Tel: +1 808 573 1234


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Photo & Video Essay: A Visit to the Olympic Game Farm in Sequim, WA

Minty fresh yak breath!

I recently found myself on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with a few hours to kill. While driving around I saw signs for the Olympic Game Farm. My first thought was “that sounds like a great location to film a low budget horror movie.” But curiosity got the best of me and the next thing I knew I was taking the driving tour and hand feeding yaks whole wheat bread.

The Olympic Game Farm

The Olympic Game Farm is home of the waving bears that appear in Carrie Underwood’s See You video. For 28 years The Olympic Game Farm worked exclusively for Walt Disney Studios, providing the animal actors for old school nature projects like The Incredible Journey and Grizzly Adams.

Bison at the Olympic Game Farm

Elk Encounter at the Olympic Game Farm

Hungry fawn at Olympic Game Farm

You can buy whole wheat bread for $2 a loaf at the Olympic game farm to feed the animals “except the predators”… um, duh. I bought two loaves. I easily could have used four more.

Llama giving me attitude at the Olympic Game Farm

The yaks were very friendly and they had surprisingly fresh breath. 

Grizzly bear drive by

Left: Seagull and bear Right: Naptime for bears

Fallow deer chilling out

Bison action

Gorgeous elk & beautiful views at Olympic Game Farm

Seagull flying away at Olympic Game Farm

 

Olympic Game Farm
1423 Ward Road, Sequim, WA 98382
Phone: 360-683-4295
Toll-free: 1-800-778-4295

Driving Tour Hours Currently:

Sunday-Friday 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturdays: 9 A.M. to 6 P.M.

(open every day except Thanksgiving & Christmas)

Rates:
Driving Tour
Adults 15+ – $12.00
Kids 6-14 – $11.00
Seniors 55+ – $11.00

Walk Tour (in additions to Driving Tour)
Adults – $3.00
Kids & Seniors – $2.00
Walk Only (no drive included) – $5.00 flat rate per person

Ages 5 and under- FREE for all tours

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Scenes From a Night in Florence, Italy: a Photo Essay

Sunset over the Arno River in Florence, Italy

Sculling on the Arno at sunset in Firenze

The carousel on Piazza della Republicca glows with lights at night

No biggie– just a bulldog rocking a Gucci leash

Piazza della Signoria on a beautiful summer night

Florence might not be home to the Vatican, but a religious parade of chanting priests and nuns did happen outside my window while I was watching the England vs. Chile match. Here’s a short video I shot on my iPhone 5s using the Cinamatic app.

Religious Parade 19 June Florence Italy

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Landscapes of St. Lucia: a #FriFotos Photo & Video Essay

A view of Gros Piton from Ladera Resort

I just returned from my first trip to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. St. Lucia is all lush rainforest and curvy mountains. If islands were supermodels, I’d say St. Lucia is the Kate Upton equivalent. In honor of #FriFotos, I thought I’d share a few landscapes from St. Lucia.

iPhone panorama shot from the deck of Ladera Resort

Diamond Falls, St. Lucia

The Piton Mountains are no doubt the island’s most notable geography– they are an UNESCO  World Heritage Site– but St. Lucia has many other charms. The island has beaches, rainforest, volcanos and waterfalls (especially the Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens) are all beautiful and worth visiting.

St Lucia’s Diamond Falls

Peak a book Piton view from the pool at Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

If you’re into cloud porn, then St. Lucia is for you. Here’s a timelapse I shot from the deck of room 709 at Sugar Beach.

Cloud Time Lapse from Room 709 at Sugar Beach

Beautiful landscapes are one thing, but Lucians, as the locals call themselves, are lovely people. And it was nice to leave the hotels and go into Soufriere and dine with the locals while taking in another spectacular sunset.

Sunset at Soufriere Harbor, St. Lucia

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