|Dawn breaking over Wailea Point|
Amazingly, I was the first one up the trail this morning. I knew that because I was the lucky one who got to remove all the spider webs that had been built overnight. It was still dark when I passed "Stay-Puft Rock" so I didn't pause, just kept climbing up to the first and then the second "bunkers" or "pill boxes" as they are called. Part of network of coastal artillery, Fire-control station "Podmore" was built in 1942 to direct fire from the 3 and 5 inch guns of former Battery Wailea. Each held optical range finding equipment to target the artillery in the event of a Japanese landing during WWII.
I arrived well before sunrise and took off one of my slippers to serve as a mount for my camera. Thoughts of the scorpions that live here were not far from my mind. In forth grade I got stung by one up at the second bunker on my birthday and I set an unbroken world speed record down the mountain thinking I was going to die. I snapped a couple pics of the sky lightening up as the sun continued it's steady rise below the horizon. A short time later the first voices floated up from below and soon the first of about a dozen people appeared. I talked for a while with a guy from California who was renting a place in Lanikai who had just come from a pretty extensive tour of Normandy Beach and the Pacific. He was happy that I knew what the emplacements were for and he told me about all the fortifications and battle sites he'd been visiting on his trip. Turns out he was a private pilot too so we had a lot to talk about waiting for the sun to rise.
|Sun rising over Moloka'i|
As an added bonus I got to do a little climbing because about half way down I dropped a lens cap over the edge of the ridge. They're about twenty bucks (learned that a couple weeks ago when I lost one near Hawaii Loa on the KST) so I put down my camera and my other lens to scramble about 10 feet down the steep ridge to look for it. I found it! On the way up I surprised the heck out of a guy coming down who thought I fell off the ridge.
Uneventfully I returned to my truck and headed home. Three hours later I have yet to start any of my chores!