I wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, and the smell of the morning dew. It’s 5:30am, and I am ready for the day. As I wake up my 5 other cabin mates, I think about the rule we have; whoever wakes up first has to wake up the rest of us. We slowly but surely get out of bed and throw on our running clothes. As a unit, we set out into the still dark morning before the sun rises on our Maine coast roughly at 6. This means that we have 20 minutes to get from Osprey circle to Pinky Point. We start running down the trails, and are among the few creatures awake at this time. The forest is ours and we feel invincible as we jump over rocks and avoid tree roots trying to sweep our feet.
We can see the foreshadowing of the sun in the distance, meaning we only have a few more minutes until the sun is visible. We finally reach the clearing and slow down. The rocky shore of the peninsula is at our feet. We slowly climb down to the rocks, take our seats, and await the imminent, gorgeous spectacle. The salty sea air and morning breeze make the point the most perfect place on earth, and it’s all ours. As the sun slowly rises up in the distance we all stare in awe. Once again we revel at the fact that this is school. No offense to my home state of New Jersey, but nothing comes close to the Maine sunrise. After taking the sunrise in for about 25 minutes we get up and begin to run back.
The morning is still gorgeous and reminds me of how much getting up this early was worth it. Greeting the day at 5:30 am with a run would be a pretty outlandish concept for most people, but at Chewonki I find myself naturally waking up at this aberrant hour.
Once we shower and get dressed for the day we walk back to or cabin to the sound of the morning bell, signaling that it is 6:45, and time for everyone else to get up. We all laugh because we have already accomplished so much in our minds. We then head down to our morning gather, where we will meet the rest of the semester and faculty to start the day. All of us are still incredulous that we had actually gotten up at 5:30 again, gone for a run, made our beds, and showered.
If only our parents could see us now.
Kamron, Dwight-Englewood School, NJ