We started out our first full day in Kihei with a morning horseback ride upcountry on Haleakala Ranch. After researching the various rides available, I sat down with my DH and narrowed it down, finally deciding to ride again with Pony Express. Back in 2003 (?), the two of us took a ride with them down into the crater. That was a long ride - four hours in the saddle, 7.5 miles total. This time we opted for their two hour ride. After an early wake up call, we left the condo at 6:45 am to make the trip from Kihei up to Kula. We made it there in just about an hour, so we backtracked to a cafe a couple of miles below the Pony Express office so Randall could get a coffee. It started misting on our way up the volcano, but had pretty much stopped by the time our 8:00 am check-in rolled around. We had a fabulous guide - Melissa. She was funny, knowledgeable, and made the ride a pure pleasure. The scenery was great as we rode the eucalyptus trees out onto the pasture land of Haleakala Ranch. I've scrapbook seven pages as I took 267 pictures during our ride! Don't worry - I'm just going to share three of the pages with you.
Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I have another three page layout of the Banyan Tree over in Lahaina.