Topic: Colorado Trip 2006
I tried something really spacey for this trip. Two weeks before I left, I started getting up at 5:30 in the morning, quite a switch from my normal 8:30! I work nights, and so had to go to bed immediately after work. This was no fun, but got me ready for the trip. I had three days off while doing this, and was able to get a good six miles in before 7:30 in the morning, before it got hot out.
Once I got to Estes Park, I began getting up at 4:30 in the morning! Some vacation, eh? Actually that's the same time, thanks to the time change, and it turned out to be a great idea! Traffic in Estes Park was almost always very heavy during the day, but not at 5 in the morning! I was able to drive out to the park almost completely alone, got my hiking in before the day got too hot, beat the bad weather the park almost always has on Summer afternoons, and got some great sunrises in the park!
This turned out to be one of the best decisions I made!