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5 Reasons Sunrise is the Best Time of Day

5 Reasons Sunrise is the Best Time of Day

Sunrise. It’s totally underrated. Sunset gets all the glory, but I prefer its early morning counterpart. I’ll give you five reasons why you should take in sunup soon.

QUIET

Our days fill up with so much “noise”. Dawn is generally “quiet time” before literal and figurative noise makes its way into our day. I certainly can’t remember a time I woke up at the crack of dawn and thought “gosh, it sure is chaotic out here today”.

Mount Baker Sunrise
Sunrise over Mount Baker from Vancouver, BC, Canada

PATIENCE

You can’t rush sunrise. The sun comes up when it comes up. Sure, we know when that will happen and you can plan around it, but ultimately you’re on the sun’s schedule. Patience requires practice, and developing patience is thought to lower stress levels, stabilize emotions and even increase professional success. Instead of practicing patience by standing in lines or recognizing when we are behaving with impatience, I’d suggest catching daybreak as a way to practice this skill. Plus, you’re rewarded for your patience with something beautiful.

No filter sunrise over Brooklyn, New York
No filter sunrise over Brooklyn, New York

SURPRISE

Every dawn is different. You may have a general idea what to expect, but many factors affect each break of day like air quality, wind, cloud cover, humidity and more, making each day a surprise.

Sunrise at Lake Louise
Sunrise at Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

EFFORT

Sunsets may be beautiful, but most people just need to pause their day for a moment to take one in. Sunrise on the other hand requires at best a pause in a usually hectic morning routine, or sometimes even dragging yourself out of bed at a crazy early hour — and always in the dark. Although daybreak can be more inaccessible and inconvenient, the reward is spectacular.

Stanley Park Sunrise
Sunrise over a pond in Vancouver’s Stanley Park

RENEWAL

Sunrise is often used as a metaphor for a new start, but it’s also quite literally the fresh start to a new day, every day. Observing sunup leaves you feeling excited and energized, ready to take on the day!

Banff Mirror Sunrise
Sunrise captured in the side mirror near Banff, Alberta, Canada

Sunrise may take some effort, but don’t let that discourage you from experiencing this underrated time of day. You will be rewarded with a beautiful sight while developing skills to help you stay physically, emotionally and professionally patient. There’s no better way to start a day!

City Creek Park, Salt Lake City, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 21

City Creek Park, Salt Lake City, Utah | 52 Hike Challenge – Hike 21

I made it to Hike 21 of my 52 Hike Challenge! For this hike I headed to City Creek Park. This trail is smack in the middle of Salt Lake City. I love how accessible the outdoors is in Salt Lake City. Even though it’s in an urban area, City Creek Park feels like you’re much more isolated.

The trail does start in an urban, residential area, but as you move along it becomes progressively more secluded.

I loved the little critter footprints on the footpath along City Creek. As you leave the city sidewalks behind, you enter beautiful Memory Grove Park, which was full of historical markers and memorials. I tried to balance wanting to look at all of the monuments with moving forward, but would love to dedicate more time to exploring this park someday.

As the trail leaves the park, you are finally on a more traditional dirt path trail. Leashes aren’t required in this section and on the hot afternoon I hiked there were a ton of dogs going hog wild in the cool waters of City Creek. It was fun to watch and distracted me from the triple digit heat a bit!

This was a super quick out and back for me, but this is actually quite a long trail that you could hike all day. Do you have any favorite urban hiking locations? Tell me about them in the comments!

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