Waking up at 2:30 in the morning isn’t the ideal Sunday for most people. Waking up at 2:30 in the morning for a sunrise hike on a day that calls for clouds and possibly rain sounds even less appetizing. Not knowing what we’d get, @ttffnnyy
and I dragged ourselves out of bed and hit the road at 3:15AM and it ended up being the best decision we could have made today. When we started, it was still dark, but so clear that as we summited, the stars were abundant and brighter than I’d ever seen them. It was freezing at the top, but we waited until the sunrise hit the mountain’s edge. We had an added bonus on the way back down of seeing the treetops enveloped in fluffy white clouds beneath us. Of all the hikes I’ve done so far, this was by far the most incredible one. By. Far. Waking up early and hiking in the dark for a sight as brilliant as seeing Mt Rainier cast in the glow of sunrise is more than worth it. The earth offers so much to us, and all we have to do is make an effort to take advantage of it.