In the morning, we prepared our bags and took the car to go to the summit of the Haleakala. We started from the very top. It was very cold on top, but very hot inside the crater. We took the Sliding Sands trail. There were few plants on the trail down except silverswords and the dust was black, brown and yellow. Here is a picture from the Virtually Hawaii field trip:
We met pack horses on the trail. We crossed lava flows, and five hours later we came in the greens: ferns and ohelo' berries. We rested at the Holua cabin where there were a lot of plants. The cabin had bunk beds and a kitchen, and a little bathroom outside. We saw a Nene goose , and quails, and pheasants. When it was night time were were still on the path. My mom and grand ma were far behind us. We came back at night after a long, long 12-hour hike. I slept well!