Tommy and I made an agreement before I left that I had to spend my nights in the van since he was not with me and I could lock the doors. At first, I felt a little bummed because I really wanted to be a full blown hobo, but it turned out for the best and allowed us to see MANY places, since we were camping on wheels.
We hiked well over 5 miles everyday, and spent the rest of our time in nature, thinking, writing, painting, and meeting other adventures. Day 1 we went up up and away.... into the clouds, past the clouds, and to the top of Haleakala. A friend warned me that dogs weren't allowed on trails... but we bent some rules... AND then got kicked off the trail by a ranger... I just don't get why dogs aren't allowed? I mean, people poo too, right? ;)
Enough about poo and silly pet rules... Our short lived hike was through a glorious eucalyptus grove. The coolness, the smells, the sounds, and my best little buddy by my side... I knew then that this trip was exactly what I needed in my life. With no computer and my cell phone kept off, (except for my promised morning and evening "check ins" with Tommy), I felt awakened to the "real world". Afterwards, we caught the sunset above the clouds and spent the night at Hosmer's Grove campground in Haleakala National Park, (Note: They no longer allow any fires of any sort in the camping area).
Here are some of our day one pictures... Click to enlarge.
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|Here's the border of crossing into the clouds. You can even see the ocean!|
|This moo cow was chillin' in his cool and cloudy meadow.|
|A gift from Tommy and a sincere weakness of mine that makes most people go "ECK!"|
Panda All Natural Black Licorice
|Crazy cool eucalyptus trees in the clouds.|
|Watching the sunset, just me and the boy, at our awesome little lookout we found.|
|Lono being an excellent guard dog. =]|
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