“The morning, which is the most memorable season of the day, is the awakening hour.”
     — Henry David Thoreau, Walden

“All memorable events, I should say, transpire in the morning time . . .”
     — Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Sunrise over the Rocky Mountains, Estes Park, CO

Thoreau was obviously a morning person, like me.  I love those mornings when I wake unaided by an alarm clock, slip out of bed for my morning run around Green Lake, and return home before 7:00 a.m.  I love it even more when I then complete a task, such as a long urban walk, or a list of chores – showering, doing laundry, mowing the lawn, preparing meals for later lunches and dinners, writing letters, posting to the blog, enjoying breakfast – all before mid-day.  I feel a virtuous sense of accomplishment, I might even call it smugness, that stays with me for the rest of the day, regardless of other claims on my time.

Early mornings are always fresh beginnings.  Few people are about, the phone calls and emails have not yet started.  I like that I can awaken to myself, at a slow pace, before giving over to the demands of my job or family.

“Morning is when I am awake and there is a dawn in me.”
   — Henry David Thoreau, Walden

I made it a point to get up for the sunrise while I was in Colorado.

Last sunrise during my stay in Estes Park