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"I told myself I'd get to photograph the sunrise. I slept like a dog and peeked out the tent at dawn to be greeted with a sleepy, gray, overcast sky. I cancelled my original alarm I had set to go off in 20 minutes and fell back asleep only to be woken by the wind a few minutes later.
On my side, and groggy eyed, I happened to spot a millisecond of a color explosion as the rainfly settled from the gust. I yelled "Trickster!!", shot out of my sleeping bag, and squeezed out two photos due to numb fingers.
I finally stopped fighting the wind and with hands in pockets, stood east to see what I was missing. I was right where I needed to be. Sometimes, we just need to stop fighting."
It’s totally worth losing some sleep to take in the golden hour of a Monument Valley sunrise.
What you can’t see in this gorgeous camp spot in Cherokee National Forest are the chilly, gusty winds that almost prevented Mason from grabbing this beautiful sunrise.
A campspot just under 7000ft at Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park.