Early morning take offs are the very best. I was on the trail by 5:45am, cool and energetic. The dawn and sunrise were stunning with the light...just so. See what you think.
By the time I walked to the high spot along the rim, the communication towers, the light had reached the bright intensity that can only be found at that time of day. Gotta get up early to see this stuff!
My friend invited all of us to stay at her place, which was wonderful. I hung my hammock between some posts that hold up a treehouse.