Goodbye Sunrise

by Doug 13. January 2011 05:47


Photo: Sunrise over Tujunga


When the winter mornings come,  I dread separating myself from my heavenly cup of hot french roast to take my morning bike (or hike) up to Mt. McGroarty that overlooks our valley.  Getting my butt out the door at 6:30AM is difficult at this time of year. At least it is at the beginning of the season.
Yet I receive a huge bonus that happens while Mother Earth is on her winter tilt.  Without changing my morning schedule, I'm privy to the days first rays over the horizon from the trail.  Witnessing and welcoming the suns first spill into the day has an intensity that is hard to put into words, but it's a moment that you begin to look forward to each morning.  The coffee becomes easier to set aside, the ritual of getting the bike shoes and helmet together is less of an annoyance. The sunrise beckons', and I will be there.  Suddenly winter mornings aren't so bad after all.  
As well, it's nice to reflect on that moment throughout the day - at the office or in traffic.
And so it's a little sad when Mother Earth starts to get ahead of you.  As the solstice continues it's migration to the next milestone (June 21st or there abouts - right?) the sunrise happens earlier - and slowly steals that moment that you've come to look forward to for these past months.   A sign of another year and another fling with the morning sun.  Goodbye Sunrise. I'll be seeing you next winter. 



1/14/2011 6:56:17 AM #

The feeling captured in your words could not have been more moving to me, as I recalled the many early morning rides I did many years back.

Tom Gonzalez United States | Reply

1/14/2011 3:18:12 PM #

Thanks Tommy - Glad it brought back good memories.  Riding is great, but add to it a 'sunrise' moment, and the day is of to a perfect start.

_doug_ United States | Reply

1/18/2011 2:47:12 AM #

Doug, that was a beautiful photo of God's handiwork and it's amazing how it puts the day in place.  I've been catching some beautiful sunrises from my stair workout on the west side of Silver Lake.  As I'm on the down side, facing east, I'm constantly slowing to soak it all in.  The downtown skyline on these mornings is spectacular.

Tinlyzzy United States | Reply

1/18/2011 4:27:28 AM #

Thank you Lyz, I'm not alone during my Sunrise moment. Seize the morning!

_doug_ United States | Reply

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