At 7000 feet, we had a lovely picnic and slowly acclimatized to the oxygen levels. “Hank” our fantastic driver shared with us cultural facts and the interesting history of Hawaii. At 14000 feet, we watched a beautiful sunset surrounding by clouds that looked like cotton candy. We were on top of the world!
Before making our way back down to about 9000 feet to start the stargazing experience. Many students took notes using their phones and utilized their cameras with landscape photography. They also worked together as a team to create light trails and spell their names with a starlit sky as their background. We celebrated Juliana’s birthday on top of the mountain and shared tasty brownies and hot chocolate. We were also given an invaluable geography lesson learning about tectonic plates, lava flows, and lava fields.