I’m huddled up in my truck going full-on homeless. I’m talking hooded sweatshirt with the hood over my head, long shirt sleeves protruding from my sweatshirt sleeves, six-day-old beard going, and I haven’t had a shower in almost 48 hours.
About the only thing I’m missing are the fingerless gloves, a metal oil drum with a fire going inside, and the mangy, stray dog I use to beg for your coins.
But I had one of the coolest experiences in my life, much less on this trip, this morning.
One of my goals was to go to the easternmost point in the United States. I don’t think it’s as coordinated and laid out as well as the southernmost point in Key West, but everything I’ve read says Eastport, Maine is the easternmost community. And lucky enough for me, there’s a campground right on the water (Seaview Campgrounds). So last night, 42 degrees and all, I camped out on the edge of America. I’m so far east, my cell phone is actually picking up service from a Canadian tower and the clock is running an hour fast, since that part of Canada is in the Atlantic Time Zone. The time zone thing is cool…the international charges I might have racked up on my phone last night won’t be.
Well, you can’t stay at the easternmost place in the United States and NOT see the sunrise. So bright and early at 6AM (7AM to the crazy Canucks living in my phone), I was up to watch the sun rise at 6:35AM. Sunrises are pretty impressive enough as it is, but knowing that you’re one of the very first people in the entire country to see the sun rise is something words can’t explain. Such an amazing experience and totally worth the frostbitten nubs that are my toes. I’ll add a few pictures, but honestly, they’re not going to do it justice.
The first two are pretty obvious. They’re about 60% of the original size, so watch out for hugeness. The third is where I got to spend the night. Jealous? Thought so. And the fourth is just for fun. AT&T sent me a text message saying “Hey! You! You’re an American leeching off of Canadian towers. You surf the net and we’re going to nail you!” Notice the ‘Bell’ signal too, instead of the normal ‘AT&T’