Getting up early in the mountains has its own rewards, (besides it is often difficult to sleep when first at altitude).
Often the balloons are in the sky for an early trip.
The first bike riders are heading up the path on Snodgrass.
The flowers become back-lit by the rising sun.
When the sky is clear everything sparkles at high altitude. The Fireweed frames the distant mountains.
And the golden carpet of Sunflowers contrast with the blue sky.
While close-up they take on character of their own.
The near flowers hide the activities in the corral across the street.
But the best day to get up early was the day of the Crested Butte Alpine Odyssey (the Leadville 100 qualifier). Lance Armstrong lead the race on the 2nd lap of the 60+ miles over the mountains as they turned the corner at the head of our street to race up the mountain and down to the finish line.