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When it started raining at 4 AM, I got so excited. Clouds had arrived! Yay! Maybe there would be an exciting sunrise. I got so super excited I almost just started hiking. But my sunrise watching destination, Lake Aloha, was only another mile away so I didn't want to get there too early and freeze in the rain. So, up went the tarp and I caught a little more sleep.
Climbing up the trail a few hours later, the storm clouds swirled dramatically. My excitement was building as I waited to see how the light would shine through. Then, well, I don't have words to describe the beauty of the sunrise over Lake Aloha.
|Yes this is real.|
|And then this too.|
|Finally it got grey.|
Bob is a southbounder and it was interesting hearing about his experiences outside of the more mainstream northbound hiker culture. For example, southbounder don't tend to have trail names, and Bob had hiked the entire trail alone. He also is a composer and just finished his thesis on music and long distance hiking. You can listen to some of his music here.
|Rain and sun at the same time.|
|Finding another incredible hang site.|
|All ready for dessert and the evening show.|