This morning I had to set my alarm clock for about 4:15 am (aka 0-dark-thirty). As I left my house to head for the airport (about 5:35), it was still pitch dark. Living in the city, I hardly see even any stars. The lights from the building and those few on the tarmac were the only light to guide me to the plane.
It was full dark for the first 15 minutes or so of our flight. However, soon I began to see a streak of red along the eastern horizon. It is so completely clear this morning. The other times that I have made this trip, it has been at other times of the year, when the sun is already well over the horizon at 6:30 am – or it has been so cloudy, that I couldn’t see any of the sunrise until we were far above the clouds.
Today, as the sun began to make its appearance, the streak of red broadened into a reverse rainbow….red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and the dark, dark blue-black of the night sky. As I am writing this, it is about 7:20 am. From my vantage point, some thousands of feet in the sky, the rainbow is slowly expanding. The yellow streak is getting larger. I managed to take this photo through the window, but it really doesn’t do it justice. You’ll just have to use your imagination.
Soon, I imagine we’ll begin to see the sun peeking over the horizon. It really is amazing to see the sunrise from another vantage point!
After a long day driving all over northeastern Colorado, southwestern Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas, we ended up at our drilling rig out on a location. It was fascinating to watch the process as they set up the rig (aka “rig up”) and started drilling. I still have no idea what they were really doing – and have no desire to learn all the intricacies of that task – it is messy and hard. But it is definitely interesting.
As we were driving back to the office, we were able to see the sunset over the plains near Yuma, Colorado. What a great way to start and end the day -- watching the sun rise and set!