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My Best Shot

September 10, 2006

I remember seeing the sunrise from the top of Haleakala on Maui during a childhood vacation. So when my husband and I finally had the chance to go to Hawaii in June, I knew that this was a must-do. It took some effort to convince him to get up at 2:30 a.m. and drive two hours to stand on top of a dormant volcano - where it was only about 40 degrees - to see a sunrise. Somehow, that wasn't his idea of a "tropical island vacation." But after seeing this magnificent sight, with total silence all around except for the soft exclamations of other vacationers who had also made the trip up the winding mountain roads in total darkness, he was glad he had not missed it.

Cyndi Smith Manchester

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