Two weeks ago we ventured to Maui for a week of fitness and photography. Then this weekend, we headed out to the cool crisp air of Palos Forest Preserves for some winter hiking in the new fallen snow. It’s surreal to go from green mountains and blue oceans to white snow and brown branches. Both are visually striking in their own way. Enjoy the pics from both trips below. Hopefully viewing them will either relax you, inspire you to get outdoors yourself, or just give your mind a break from staring at words or numbers on the computer screen!
Driving up towards Haleakala Crater is like driving off the Earth into the sky.
Hiking into the Crater we were enchanted by the floating mist as it rolled over the hills, wrapping itself around bushes, rocks and two young men with a jambox playing “I Shot the Sheriff,” reggae style, that passed us earlier in our hike. They were hiking the whole 27-mile path from one side of the Crater to the other side of the National park on the Hana side of the island.
Of all the beautiful places in Maui, this was one view I could not get enough of! At this point were getting a little altitude sickness so we did not venture beyond this 8000 mile high vista. The actual crater goes up to 10,000 feet above sea level. But even at this altitude, we were able to fill our eyes with great natural beauty to savor for months and years to come!
But Maui isn’t all mountains and fog!
And of course, what is a Hawaiian adventure without the underwater sea explorations!
Tied of Maui pics? It’s time to see the raw visual delights of a Northern Winter in Palos Forest Preserves.
The air was cold but clear and fresh this weekend. The sunlight in Palos casts its own warm glow through the trees.
If you are really quiet and listen, you may be able to coax a dear to come nearby…or hear the a squirrel chattering up a tree.
Palos Forest Preserves are hikeable and mountain-bikeable year round!
- The Sparkler Guide to Hawaii: Maui, We Love You! (weddingbee.com)
- Missouri Woman Dies after Falling off Maui Waterfall (beyondhonolulu.com)
- Maui Adventures (bewitchingkitchen.com)