Sunrise Wonderings

Well, it wasn’t exactly a typical first-day-of-spring-break-sleeping-in kind of day, but it was pretty spectacular, nonetheless.  My alarm went off at 5:30, and I blearily grabbed my Camelback and a Clif bar and hit the road.

Starting in the dark, I set off to climb Mt. Garfield, which I’ve done a number of times before, each time equally difficult.  It’s one of those hikes that begins with a steep uphill—and by steep, I mean really steep.  With my calf muscles burning and my heart pounding, I stopped partway up the first stretch and looked behind me.  The whole valley spread out below, with just the slightest tinge of dawn lighting the fields and the river.  What beauty!

Then, back to the trail.  More burning muscles.  One foot after another, higher and higher.  Each time I took a sip of water and turned to see the view, it looked different—the play of shadows and light, the contrast of colors, a different perspective.

After being sick yesterday, I wasn’t pushing it too hard (no running uphill this time!), but I still made it up to see the sunrise.  As the sun peeked over the Grand Mesa, it made its way into the crevices and cracks, lighting the land and warming me (slightly).


Just like the sunrise makes everything appear fresh and new, the dawn of each day gives us a fresh start, a new canvas on which to paint as we want.  I wonder how my days would change if I stopped to watch the sunrise and think about all of the possibilities of the new day.  What new perspectives would I find?  What new opportunities would I discover?  What new insights would I gain?

And then I ran down, relishing the breeze against my skin and the sun against my face.

It’s a new day.


Thanks to Stacey, Anna, Beth, Tara, Dana, and Betsy at Two Writing Teachers for creating a place for writers to share their work and hosting the March Slice of Life Story Challenge!


7 thoughts on “Sunrise Wonderings

  1. This is on my list… getting in a routine of wellness. I am walker, not usually a runner, but there have been several times when I’ve gotten into good enough shape to start running. And the view of life that I see when I get up early and face the dawn…. breath-taking. Thanks for sharing and for building a vision in my mind.


  2. Impressive details of climbing, the view you describe, and YOU! I guess riding my exercise bike, lifting my hand weights on the low intervals, and Olympic cleaning of my house will just have to be my fit time. I did open the door to the deck so I could enjoy the outdoors, though. 😉
    D 🙂


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