This is why we crawl out of our warm sleeping bags at 3 a.m. It’s to watch the sun rising above the trees in our dark camp ground. As we quickly enjoy our morning coffee in the dark, head lamps on our heads, this is why we brace ourselves against the chilly wind (even in late July!)
The coffee and the deserted forest sunrise felt hours ago as I had been hiking slowly and steadily uphill since just after dawn. I was already feeling the steady incline and this was just the first few miles! As my calves started to hurt and my head ached just a little, a sign of the super high altitude, I thought to myself, why am I doing this? Why am I forcing my body up another mountain?
Then I had mornings like this one; crossing creek after creek across slippery moss covered rocks and logs. I felt like giving up when like a scene out of a movie, so completely unreal, I realized there was an older baby deer in the middle of the trail just in front of me!
Standing in the middle of the single track trail, I was amazed as the fawn began to walk towards me.