See As Many Sunrises As Possible…

Dawn Dock at Seneca Lake

Some Rules of the Roadtrip are easier to uphold than others. Always take the scenic route? No problem. Take a walk everyday? Yes please! See as many sunrises as possible? Ugh. I am a morning person, but I’m also solar powered; I have a hard time waking up before the sun. But when I’m on the road, I always make an effort to see a few sunrises. No matter how cold and dark it is outside and how warm my sleeping bag is, when the sun bleeds over the horizon, I’m always glad I got out of bed.

Seeing the sun rise and set – two of the greatest shows on Earth – always makes me feel like I’m in exactly the right spot at the right time, a priceless feeling when you’re adrift on the road. Sunrises and sunsets became a rule of the road a few years ago on a drive from New Mexico to Montana, when I woke up my copilot Becky for sunrise over Utah’s Canyonlands. Becky is definitely not a morning person and she had never before seen the dawn. Let me tell you, Canyonlands is a hell of a place to see your first sunrise! Upstate New York’s Finger Lakes is also lovely — subtle, but sweet:

Sunrise & Seagulls over Lake Seneca, one of the Finger Lakes

Dio is definitely a morning dog.

Bowie is not a morning dog. He’d so much rather stay in bed, but he’s ever loyal, no matter the hour.

Check out my previous posts: Roadtripping Rules and Tweeting A Top Ten Sunset. On to Niagara Falls!

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
This entry was posted in Bowie & D.O.G., Hiking!, Photography, Road tripping!, Uncategorized, Vagabonding 101. Bookmark the permalink.

8 Responses to See As Many Sunrises As Possible…

  1. survivingtheenduringrace says:

    Getting up to see a sunrise isn’t always fun but, rewarding in the long run.

  2. This post made me smile — some of my favorite memories with our boys, now teens, have been from our classic road trips. Yellowstone, Mesa Verde, Glacier — hours of goofinees and sometimes painful togetherness 🙂 in the car. Listening to the Lord of the Flies in tense silence, hurriedly refueling so we can start the next chapter. Having debates while MPR prompts us to think deeply about interesting issues. The interesting waysides, the beautiful overlooks. And those awesome sunsets (not enough sunrises in this family!). And I had to laugh about the circadian rhythms of our dogs, as well — definitely some are more early birds vs. night owls! So glad you linked back to your roadtrip rules post, as well. ~ Kat

  3. There was a time when I used to wake up really early to go surfing and wake up with the sun. I kinda miss it…the quietness of it all, when you know everyone else is still sleeping. I think you’ve inspired me to try and get into that groove again, because it’s been on my mind:)

  4. I am glad you had a chance to enjoy the Finger Lakes, I grew up in Seneca Falls, which is the north end of Cayuga Lake. In the spring, ou must check out all of the huge waterfalls that surround the Finger Lakes, and make sure you venture south of Rochester, NY and check out Letchworth State Park. Ithaca, Watkins Glen, Montour Falls, Taughannock Falls, their are so many beautiful falls, this area is a must!

  5. The pictures are beautiful! I’m sure bringing along your dogs makes the experience even more rewarding! 🙂

  6. Brian Hidy says:

    I’m near Skaneateles, one of the eastern most finger lakes. It’s a beautiful area to live, hike, and in my case bike in! If you’re heading to the ADK’s let me know if you need any pointers, my sister lives in Saranac Lake and I’ve spent a fair bit of time there as well.

  7. Pingback: Road Tripping PA to VT: By the Numbers « Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Comments are closed.