The first "official" day of spring arrives today. At 3:24 PM here in Utah, the sun will be shining directly down on the equator at a point over the Pacific Ocean, roughly 1,900 miles (3,100 km) southeast of the Hawaiian Islands.
I usually try and go on a sunrise hike on this day, but the weather forecast for this entire week was not looking good so I went a couple of days ago on a clear night and morning.
Woke up around 4:00 in the morning to drive up into the mountains and began hiking at 5:30 AM.
Here are some photos from the hike:
|Moon rising above the mountain early in the morning on March 16,2023|
|It has snowed about a foot the day before. We had to plow our own trail to the summit.|
|Guardsmas Pass. The large pipe sticking out the snow is the "chimney" of the restroom facility that is buried under at least 10 feet of snow.|
|Sunrise around 7:40 AM|
On that morning we were observing rebirth of spring, later that night one of our friends passed away.
LIFE and DEATH on a Single Day