Bang! Zoom! Straight to the Moon."
My apologies to Ralph Kramden (from the classic TV show "The Honeymooners") for stealing his line.
I turned inland today or as the locals call it, "Up Country" to Haleakala National Park. The NPS claims it's a dormant volcano (last kaboom 1480-1600) but who's to say when Pele the Goddess of Fire throws her next tantrum.
The crater is BIG: seven miles across by two miles wide and half-mile deep. Today, it was sunny with little wind. While I tramped along the bottom zone. It felt like being on the business side of a cast iron skillet. With a little olive oil anointing, I would have been sizzling like chicken fajitas.
Unless you have my "40 Years in the Desert" skin genes, bring vats of sunscreen. Thank You! Moses for granting me my dark skin pigment.
It was way cool, despite being way toasty.
It kept me out of the shopping malls too.