Today we had an excursion. Haleakala Crater – House of the Rising Sun. First, I give you morning views from our balcony:
Back to the excursion. Basically, it was an old, old, old, non-active volcano crater where life has since respawned. It was pretty but the drive there was too long. Especially the switch back up the mountain bus drive. The excursion took most of the day. Unfortunately, we only had an hour left before we had to be back on the ship. Here’s some pics:
There was a huge banyan tree in the port. As a matter of fact, it’s the largest in the US. If you’re lazy and don’t want to read all about it, then here’s a short blurb about it:
The banyan tree in Lahaina, in Maui, Hawaii, United States, was planted on April 24, 1873, in Lahaina to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of first American Protestant mission. The banyan tree (Ficus benghalensis) known in Hawaiian as paniana, located in the Courthouse Square, which was renamed Banyan Tree Park covering 1.94 acres, is not only the largest in the state but also in the United States. The tree was a gift from missionaries in India. A mere 8 feet (2.4 m) when planted, it has grown to a height of about 60 feet (18 m) and has rooted into 16 major trunks, apart from the main trunk, with the canopy spread over an area of about 0.66 acres (0.27 ha).
Here’s the full info if you’d like: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banyan_tree_in_Lahaina
Another shot of it from across the street. It looks like several trees because they drop vines and reroot but it’s the same tree. Of course, you would have known that if you had read the Wiki link.
Celebrity is fairly upscale. They had iced towels at the port for us to freshen up. A nice touch.
A shot of our ship as we approached it via the tender.
Back to the ship…