Not what you’d might expect.
Upon arriving to Maine, we headed to Acadia National Park to get a game plan for the remainder of our trip. While in the visitor’s center, one of the park rangers mentions that Cadillac Mountain provides a gorgeous view of the sunrise. In fact, it is at the mountain’s peak that you can be one of the first in the US to view the rays of the sun come over the horizon. Beautiful sunrise…I’ll take it. Be one of the first people in the country to see the sun in the morning…I’ll take that too. So, the mission was to see the sunrise. There were two drawbacks here. One, sunrise was around 4:30 am. Two, it was kind of cold there when the sun was out, so I knew I’d be pretty chilly at 4 in the morning.
So, today, I woke my happy-ass up at 3:00 am so we could make it up to the mountain with ample time before sunrise. That wasn’t too bad. I was actually pretty pumped about this “amazing view” I was in for. I stepped out the cottage door and noticed it was pretty cold, as expected, but not too bad. Up the mountain we drove and as we got higher, I noticed a slight weather change. It was much more cloudy and the winds picked up considerably as we made our ascent. We parked and looked out over the mountain. The islands and boats off shore where barely visible due to building clouds. The only two people bold enough to get out of their cars, we walked out to “get a better view”. That lasted about 5 minutes before I thought my bones were going to shatter. I don’t handle cold well and this was rough for me. At this point, I could see a bit of light peeking out from the horizon, but it wasn’t full sun. So, back to the car I went to prepare myself a bit better for the harsh weather.
Round 2, I had geared up with what I called my “sunrise turban”. Made from a thermal sweater, it acted to keep my head warm and to somehow channel to power of sunrise and clear the skies for my viewing pleasure. Well, it kept my head warm, but no such luck on sunrise power. I’m pretty sure a blanket of arctic death cloud blew over right when the sun was making it’s appearance. It was nothing but cold grey fog.
Now, this may not seem like a spectacular sunrise to anyone else. I know this because I saw people getting annoyed out there on the mountain top while I was thoroughly enjoying myself. Some where even searching for the sun, with one hand across the forehead. Dumbfounded as to whether or not the sun had or had not risen yet. I could tell it had because it was lighter outside, an obvious sign of daylight. Why was this a great sunrise for me? For one, I technically did what I set out to do…be one of the first people in the US to see the rays of the sun. I saw light, maybe not the round glowing ball, but it still counts as rays. Two, I’ve seen some wonderful sunrises, but never in my life have I seen one like this. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime view. On top of that, I laughed all morning despite the blistering cold air and the early wakeup call. It was pretty much a perfect morning. Definitely not disappointed in the slightest.