We have never done a sun rise hike before, but even on the cloudiest of days, I recommend it. In fact, we did it on a cloudy, windy, cold day and still enjoyed it! I have been, and for the next few weeks will be, working 7 days a week. It's not as bad as it sounds since it's split between two jobs, but I was in serious need of some nature time.
|My Pinterest Board|
Sunrise was at 7:50a yesterday, so we woke up, packed up some food and the dogs, and set out for Marys Peak. It's the closest, easiest hike in the area (easiest if you hike from the parking lot on top, not easy if you hike the entire mountain). Our lack of snow in Oregon this winter also made it possible, usually the mountain is covered in a few feet of snow and you aren't able to drive up to the top. It was cloudy and cold, but it was still wonderful to fill my lungs with fresh air and not be surrounded by four walls and fluorescent lights. And the dogs had a good time too.
|At the top, so much fog!|
After a chilly walk up Marys Peak, we decided to take the long way home and stop by Alsea Falls. There was a recent rain and wind storm that blew in from Alaska, so there was a lot of debris along the roads and hiking trails. When we got to Alsea we ate some food and walked out toward the falls. Because of that storm, the waterfall was raging and the trail was closed, the trail actually goes down to the water and in the summer you can walk right up to the water fall along the banks. The waterfall was so strong yesterday you could feel the power from the water rushing, unfortunately the camera couldn't capture it the way I was hoping.
Even though we were on a sunrise hike, we didn't actually see any sun until we were on our way home around 11:00a. I just left my window down to soak up what I could and be ready to snap any shots that came about. It was a great morning and really reenergized me for the work week(s) ahead.
Sometimes you just gotta get out when you can, even if it's a short period of time.