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  • Despite the hilly landscape of the Seattle area, there are few places to view the sunrise. All of the good spots have been developed.

    As the official sunrise time of 5:11 approached, I drove frantically trying to find a good vantage point. Surprisingly the highway provided some of the better viewing with Mount Rainier already stained with a rosy hue from the approaching sun. The valleys below were tucked in with a low fog and everything had a gentle glow even though the solstice sun had yet to make its appearance.

    As I descended into the land of Microsoft, I drove into a non-private park and cruised for a good viewing site. I ignored the $1 parking requirement and stationed myself with the motor running.

    The sun seemed to twinkle before making its blazing entrance 14 minutes late, then the gentle glow turned to a harsh, blaring annoyance that made me squint. I quickly turned my back on the sun and headed westward… home.
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