Dawn Patrol

For some strange reason, travelling home from the Virgin Islands left me more jetlagged than flying home from Norway ever has. I was grumpy about it for a day or two, but then I decided to just embrace it and keep getting up stupid early.

What’s the best way to celebrate jetlag? A dawn patrol, of course!

Dawn Patrol

Rattlesnake is the perfect place to see a winter sunrise – it’s short (for a slowpoke like me, it takes 40 minutes at a comfortable pace – if you can run uphill, you’ll be there in no time at all), snow-free most of the time, close to civilization*, and it has great views for such a short hike.


Unfortunately the sunrise wasn’t much to speak of this time, but I was so high on early-morning endorphins that I didn’t care.

Squinty squishy

We put on some tunes** and ran back down to the lake in glorious, glorious sunshine, a special treat after a very grey week.

Wellie stalking ducks

I felt so good the rest of the day that I think I might attempt to make morning exercise a more regular thing (emphasis on attempt). I guess jetlag can be a blessing in disguise!

They smell so good <3

It’s slowly but surely starting to feel like spring ’round these here parts – the nutrias are especially excited about the return of sunshine on the deck.


*huh, it just occurred to me that Poo Poo Point would be an even better Dawn Patrol since it’s closer to our house. Must do this before the jetlag fades.

**this might be one of those things I should be embarrassed about, but I’m obsessed with Lana Del Rey right now. I listened to her non-stop on St. John, and hearing Ride or Gods and Monsters takes me right back to the beach. Aaahh.

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  • Reply Jo February 17, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    I heart your bright new hat!

  • Reply Brianna February 18, 2013 at 8:56 am

    It is a wonderful feeling, when I manage to not be lazy and sleep in, to get up early and watch the sunrise. It’s very invigorating!

    Cute pups!

  • Reply jill i February 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea, to hike for the sunrise! Only done that once in my life I think, when we summited Mt. Adams. Left our tent at the 9,000-foot-level around 1 a.m. and got to the summit just ahead of the sunrise, spectacular! Even saw a brilliant shooting star streak across the sky near the summit in the predawn glow. But then, Rattlesnake Ledge also would be a wonderful spot to view a sunrise. But I would be wary walking around up there on the cliff! Anyway, I live too far west for a quick jaunt to the foothills for this. Maybe this summer.

  • Reply Sunil April 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Love the blog and really terrific pictures, you have a knack for photography. I’ll keep working on mine till I learn the tricks :-)

    Went there just last week. Didn’t catch clear skies rather a much more unique combination of clouds, rains and sunbreak all at once!!.

    I’ll keep visiting and get tips from your posts.

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