The movie was great, but we stopped it and had the lights out by ten. I know what you're thinking. Going to bed at ten at a friend's house?!? Yeah, but we had good reason. You see, at 2:30 (yes, 2:30 AM) our alarms went off and we hopped (well, um, more like stumbled) out of bed. Think we're crazy yet? Well, we had to get up that early if we wanted to go for our sunrise hike! Yup, we ate some breakfast (I tried this great grains cereal they had - it was pretty good!), piled in the car, and by 4:00 we were on the trail!
We wanted to be hiking by 3:30, but we kind of got lost. We thought we had gone too far, so we turned around and thought it was this other road. But it ended up looking kind of sketchy so we got off of it and went back to where we were. It turned out that the trail was literally right around the corner from where we initially turned around! Go figure.
In spite of getting about four hours of sleep, we were pretty wide awake! And it was a good thing because we came across some pretty rocky spots on the trail. It was supposedly a 5 mile hike round trip, but it sure felt longer than that! We eventually made it to the side of the mountain and our eyes met some amazing night views of our town. As the sun began to rise, brilliant shades of orange, yellow, and pink spilled into the picture. Unfortunately, most of the early pictures didn't turn out, but I don't think I will ever forget the views.
At about 5:30, we were sitting on top of the mountain, and the sun was just beginning to peak over the clouds. We sat up there for about an hour, breathing in the gorgeous views and snacking on goldfish, grapes, and warm chocolate (the thermos kept it from getting cold but didn't exactly keep it hot!).
The way down was much quicker as it always it is, and we talked non-stop the whole time. It was amazing how different the trail looked in the day-light! And of course, the views were just as gorgeous but looked completely different as well. We all decided that we were definitely going to be sore the next day, and I know I was. SO incredibly worth it though. I'll let some pictures do the rest of the talking about the hike. Prepare to be bombarded. I'm way too indecisive when it comes to pictures. Though considering I took about 175 pictures, this is really cutting back!
When we got back to their house, we finished our movie with some cheese and crackers, but we had all fallen asleep by the end. That was our cue that we needed a bit more sleep so we snoozed the next hour and a half away. We ended our time together by making and munching on some absolutely delicious pretzels (the soft kind). I couldn't have asked for a more perfect time with two amazing people who will always be a part of my life.
Have you ever done a sunrise hike?
Is anyone else picture obsessed? My parents have nick-named me the happy clicker... and for a good reason. In my defense, each angle offers a different view of the same scene, and no angle should be left un-pictured. Right? Right?