This is a rare sunrise picture. Not because it's a picture of the sunrise, after all that happens every morning. But it's rare that I get out of bed and take a picture of the sunrise.
The wind was blowing so hard it woke me up this morning before the sun came up. Normally the wind wouldn't do that because the Arctic Fox is fairly stable, but for some reason I didn't bother to unhook the trailer from the truck yesterday, maybe I was thinking of changing spots, or maybe I was gonna face it in a different direction, but whatever the reason I left it hitched to the truck. And that didn't become a problem until about 6 o'clock this morning.
When the trailer is hitched to the truck nothing on the trailer is touching the ground except the tires and not only are the tires squishy but the wheels and axles are sitting on Springs, and it doesn't take much to move the Springs. So when you have a 30 or 40 miles an hour wind blowing from the side of the trailer it moves around a lot, more than enough to wake you up out of a sound sleep.
I sure am glad that I had a brief flash of common sense the other day and checked the weather report so that I left the City of Rocks yesterday instead of today. Technically my time was up so I would have had to leave today so as not to overstay my two-week limit. But my experience with Park Rangers has been that there very understanding and usually only enforce the letter of the law if the situation requires it, or you've been a jerk and they want to get rid of you. So chances are they would have let me stay until the windstorm was over, but I'm glad I didn't have to test my theory.