365/215: Beep... Beep... Beep... Beep... Beep... Beep..., originally uploaded by riekhavoc.
That's the sound the alarm made at 3:45am, when Sara and I woke up to watch the sun rise on Cadillac Mountain. It's the first place in the continental US to see the sunrise. So we woke up, drove up the mountain for about 20 minutes, and when we got to the top, we parked. It was pitch black. Then this car pulled up behind us, which was pretty freaky. Turned out it was this friendly lady who didn't know where to go, so she asked us. We didn't know either! But we figured it out, and we saw the beginnings of sunrise. Just a small red band in the sky. It was really pretty.
More and more people showed up to see the sunrise, since it was now about 4:45am, which is a perfectly reasonable time to show up for sunrise. As more people showed up, so did more clouds, and all of a sudden we were encased in clouds and couldn't see the sunrise at all! None of it. So, Sara and I left, sad that we woke up for one small strip of red light, but no sunrise on the mountain.
As we descended the mountain, we noticed a lot of peopled pulled off to the side of the road. And then we saw it - sunrise! We just had to go down out of the cloud to be able to see it. And it was gorgeous! We got there right in time to see the whole thing.
Now, that's the last time that I have my photo of the day done by 5:30am, I can guarantee!