It seems that galloping is out of the question – just like at Girl Scout camp. But that doesn’t mean I don’t still want to ride across Haleakala Crater on horseback. Having hiked cinder cone, I’m not sure I care about camping in the crater or hiking it on foot. But the horses don’t seem to mind, and I love riding.

It’s chilly up there – even when Maui’s beaches are sunny and warm. After riding and photographing the summit and crater of Haleakala, I’ll need to bask on the beach like an iguana. Maybe I’ll learn how to windsurf. But that’s not exactly on my #bucketlist. I could live with just getting my toes wet in the surf.


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at For more information on her children's books, please visit

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10 Responses to “Giddyup!”

  1. stephen tremp says:

    Camping in a crater? I’ll take the beach!

  2. DoD says:

    I remember when you and I went up to the crater! I think it was 27 degrees.

    • I think so! πŸ™‚ That was at the top. But the horseback riding tours provide windbreakers and pants, so I imagine it’s cold IN the crater, too. I was disappointed to learn you can’t tour or visit any of the observatories, though. That would’ve been a nice combination.

  3. Sylvia van Bruggen says:

    I can think of better places to camp at than a crater, but it must have been nice n warm πŸ˜€

    I hope you have a wonderful time during the rest of A to Z!
    Sylvia van Bruggen @ Playful Creative

    • Nope! It’s a dormant (or extinct?) volcano, and at very high altitude. As my dad said, the first time we were at the summit, it was about 27 degrees F. It’s COLD up there! Might be warm if you were hiking in the crater, but this is why they provide windbreakers and wind pants, and suggest wearing layers!
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  4. Rummuser says:

    I belong to the generation that jived to this
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  5. Susan Kane says:

    Hard decision: crater or beach. Crater-we live is So. CA. near Oceanside Beach, so the crater (even tho cold) wins my vote.

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