Friday, June 22, 2012
Pu`u Mai (Koko Crater) Sunrise! - Again...
June 2, 2012. Another pre-dawn trek up the tracks at Koko Crater in the dark to watch another beautiful sunrise! Pushed off from the parking lot at around 4:30 am. The first time I hiked up Koko Crater for sunrise I was the only person on the mountain and not a single car was parked in the parking lot when I arrived. This morning, when I arrived at 4:30 am, the parking lot was packed! There was a large group of 20-30 people waiting near the cars at the bottom, apparently waiting for more people to arrive before pushing off up the tracks! The sun hadn't risen and already the tracks were a highway... Thankfully the sunrise did not disappoint.
The rising sun slowly lit Hawaii Kai and Honolulu.
I caught the sun's rays just hitting Diamond Head, still too early for anyone to be at the top.
As the sun rose, Koko Crater cast a long shadow across Hawaii Kai.
I had set up camp in a little secluded area just past the crated area at the top of Pu`u Mai. While I was sitting there a pair of middle aged women came up to me and one stated without any plea for understanding that her companion needed to use the bathroom so I could leave now. She never asked or anything...her friend needed to use the bathroom and I was to move. Okay. Needless to say, I did not want to stick around to see that. As I was walking away two guys passed me heading to my hang out spot where the one lady was presumably using the bathroom. I may have failed to alert them to the reason I was leaving...whoops!
The top of the tracks were choked with early morning hikers. I made my was past the crowd and down the tracks. What a great way to start the day and the weekend.
I drove home, picked up Sommer to take her to work and then tried to replace some of the calories I lost on the tracks.
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