Navigating the Road to Hana wasn’t as scary as I expected. We only encountered two nerve wracking incidents in the 600 turns, 56 one lane bridges , 52 km-road in Maui. A highly recommended thing to see and do while visiting the Hawaiian island. Just two scary experiences where we had to stop in the middle of the road and adjust our car with only a few inches allowance from the ravine on our side. I would do it again, though. Unforgettable memories include the beautiful black sand beach, chasing waterfalls, pizza and awesome free wifi at Hana Farms Roadside Stand and Restaurant; the amazing tropical foliage and beautfiul cloudy skies and overusing the ‘shaka’ sign.
We had plenty of time to explore the attractions in Hana since we stayed for two days at the Wainapanapa State Park where the Black Beach is. We were able to book as early as three weeks but available slots were gone as soon as availability dates were released.
In photos are Ching’s Pond, Ke’anae Arboretum, Waianapanapa State Beach, Pipiwai Trail, Twin Falls, Makahiku Falls, Waimoku Falls
It was tough to justify getting out of the house for a quick getaway in the middle of a pandemic. The kids were getting restless and grumpy; I had toxic days at work caring for Covid patients. That’s it! everyone needed a little change of scenery. We opted for a simple outdoor activity that easily allowed social distancing.
First stop was the Kelso Dunes in the Mojave Desert in California. we left early and arrived there just before sunrise. We owned the dunes that day.
A brief winter get away, braving the wintry conditions in Oregon, dealing with three kids through 12 hours of one way travel with at least 4 stops of supercharging in between and 3 stops for supercharging on our way back. It was our first time to bring the Tesla on snowy conditions, we always brought the Pilot. After almost 2 years of owning the Tesla model 3 Vince was confident enough to bring it. It survived and fared well in the snowy conditions at the Crater Lake National Park. We did not even use our snow sock. The ‘slip start’ function helped a lot while driving through the snow covered roads. A little more route preplanning involved compared to gas, but it wasn’t too bad,
We usually take our little winter getaway in December around Christmas time, glad we took it on the first week of January as the majority of the tourists have left the park. It was serene, and the landscape which was almost blanketed in white was magical. The Rim Village visitor center in the above photo was surrounded by snow and we did not see the Crater Lake at all due to snow. Vince and the two older kids joined the free ranger-led snowshoeing while I helped my daughter build a snowman outside the visitor center while we waited for them. Snowshoeing is a wonderful winter activity offered at Crater Lake National Park for free. Check the website for details as it has different schedules during the winter holidays.
We did not have definite plans for this trip, for sure we wanted lots of snow photos, so the next day we drove back to to Crater Lake National Park from Klamath Falls. There were no cars, we owned the road so we stopped on a shoulder to take photos. I loved the birch trees on this part of the road so we did a mini photoshoot here.
We got the US National Park annual pass which affords us entry to all US National parks for a year from date of purchase.
Our last and third night was spent at Crater Lake Resort . The cabin was equipped with a mini kitchen, private bathroom and 2 queen beds. It also had a Tesla charger which made it easy for us to leave fully charged early in the morning on our way back home.
That was four days worth of travel and winter fun. Can’t wait to see it in spring or summer.