One of the most memorable experiences of our Maui vacation was watching the sunrise from the top of Haleakala. The Visitor Center is situated at 9,740 feet above sea level, which provides for an absolutely amazing view anytime of the day. But, getting up there in the dark and watching the sunrise over the horizon is really a once in a lifetime experience. It’s worth getting up in the middle of the night to get there.
On the day we planned to do this, we got up at 2:00 AM so we could leave Ma’alaea by 3:00 AM. It was pitch black driving up the volcano, so it was slow going. But, we thought we had plenty of time to make it to the Visitor Center with about an hour to spare. But, that’s when reality hit when traffic stopped at the gate to the park entrance. We had no idea how much further it was to the actual gate; all we saw was bumper to bumper traffic for what seemed like miles. We still thought we’d be OK, since we had the extra hour. But, as time slowly passed, we started getting more and more anxious. Viewing the sunrise was number one on my husband’s wish list, and I started thinking after all this, we might not make it! We finally got past the ONE ranger at the gate and sped towards the top. It was starting to get light as we approached the lower Visitor’s Center and saw that the upper one was closed because it was already full. Then, we saw the people … there were HUNDREDS already lining all the rails!!! We got one of the last parking spots and tore out of the car to see if we could find a spot to take pictures. Luckily, I found a place on the steps of the Visitor’s Center. Standing on a step and being tall really helped! I got positioned literally minutes before the sun started to appear. Whew! Then, the ranger started chanting in Hawaiian and the whole breathtaking experience began.
I completed two pages so far for this event that will lay side by side in my photobook. I designed both these pages using My Digital Studio software, but you could do similar pages using MyMemories Suite software or real life Project Life pages / scrapbook pages. For the first page, I really wanted to show the progression of photos as the sun rose, keeping the whole page fairly simple. I used a Game Day stamp in the background to mimic the sun. You could do something very similar by creating a mask and using sponges. On the second page, I copied and mirrored the same background for continuity.
My title is a combination of the Hello You Thinlit Dies and Crazy About You stamp set.
All the pocket cards on my two pages are from Let’s Get Away Project Life Card Collection. However, I have to admit that I re-colored a couple of them digitally to Calypso Coral so they would coordinate with my page. I also used some Just Add Color photo overlays that I purchased from Becky Higgins store at www.digitalprojectlife.com. That’s the same place that I purchased the digital version of the Let’s Get Away Project Life Card Collection. Using these cards makes it so fast and easy to decorate my page!
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