December 7, 1941 – “a date which will live in infamy…” declared then president Franklin D. Roosevelt, one day after Japan’s attack on the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor. An hour after this famous speech, the United States was officially brought into World War II.
The USS Arizona was one of 20 battleships and other large vessels that were sunk that day, and some 2,000+ people were killed. The Arizona was too badly damaged to be raised, repaired, and returned to service, so it remains beneath the waters of Pearl Harbor, along with the bodies of most of her crew. Today, the USS Arizona Memorial honors those who died on the battleship and elsewhere in the Japanese attack.
I don’t think you really “enjoy” being here, but it is an important place to visit, honor, give gratitude, remember, and reflect….
April 1 — The second area we visited in Haleakala: Pu’u’ula’ula Summit. We drove the long and winding road (literally!) in the late afternoon, arriving here to watch the sunset. We checked through the Park Headquarters Visitor Center but were told the “House of the Sun” Visitor Center at the top was closed — crushing because Laura was looking to get her NP stamp for her journal. Fortunately, a very nice park ranger found an old stamp (the year was missing) and handed it over to us in our car so we could stamp the journal — the day was saved!
Up near the top we saw the Haleakala Silversword, or Aninahina, one of the world’s rarest plants. This guy thrives under the most hostile conditions volcanic conditions – hot days, cold nights, and porous ash soil. The soft silvery hairs on its incurved leaves protect the plant from sunlight and draft, and it takes up to 50 years for one of these to flower.
After walking around this part of the park and gazing longingly at the Haleakala Observatories (a science fiction-style cluster of research stations set in the summit’s lunar landscape but closed to the public; here scientists map movements of the Earth’s crust) we made the final little hike up to 10,023′ to watch the sunset. As the sun was sinking ever closer to the horizon, it got chillier and chillier outside. I kept thinking to myself, “I’m in Hawaii; I’m not supposed to be freezing cold!” But alas, the sun finally disappeared behind the clouds in a spectacular display of nature’s beauty, and in the darkness, we began the careful journey back down Haleakala Crater Road and back into civilization — and warmth!
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain
# of total NP Units*= 189 Latest NP Units* visited: ⊕ Delaware Water Gap – 07/15/18
⊕ Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – 05/08/17
* National Park Units include National Monuments, National Historical Parks, National Battlefields, National Seashores, etc.; there are 413 NP Units at present; we’re seeing as many of these as we can along the way.
Quote of the Day
Courage consists not in blindly overlooking danger, but in meeting it with the eyes open.
~Jean Paul Richter
Out There by the Numbers
2 years 5 months on the road 82,501 miles driven 50states visited 1,122 miles hiked 176 miles biked 263 miles paddled 301 different places stayed 4,450 gallons of fuel for Charley ... June 1, 2014 - October 31, 2016
January 2018 — It’s winter here in southwest Michigan, but Fred has been training in earnest for his next endeavor which is to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail; the A.T. for short. March 25th will find him “stepping off” at the Southern Terminus of Springer Mountain, Georgia, and with a mix of good training, good planning, and good fortune, he will finish up some 2,200 miles / 14 states / six months later atop Mount Katahdin in Maine. Stay tuned for much more detail about this in the days to come….