In life, we are faced with many choices…

Everyday a plethora of decisions need to be made just to make it through the day…what am I going to wear, what to eat, what route to take to work. Some aren’t so important and some are. When looking at the big picture there are choices made that can affect the core of who we are. These are the ones that count. They shape our lives and what we become. Not everyone will choose the same path. Some will pick ambition over laziness and vice versus. You get the picture, but where am I going with this? Why am I on this soapbox telling you about life? It’s because recently I came across a group that really got my attention. We will get into what they are about a little later, but what caught my eye was a photo of them standing on top of a summit. It wasn’t the beauty or the scenery, but a t-shirt they were wearing. The slogan was catchy.

It said, “You were born to do more than just pay bills and die.”

tank top

I began to think about my daily grind and to question some decisions I’ve made. Now I’ve seen the articles lately about quitting your job and becoming a ski-bum or naturist. Although this would be great I’m not quite to that point. However I am into getting more out of life and so is this group.

So, who are these go getters?

They go by Chasing Sunrise. They are a community that has a thorough understanding about the choices discussed above. Specifically regarding the choice of how to start the day and whether the day comes to you or you seize the day. I’m sure you can guess, but they choose Carpe Diem! According to their webpage each sunrise, there is a choice to make. Either stay in bed waiting for life to come to us or get up and get after it…chase what you want, get more out of life. And as they say this equals:

“More experiences. More adventures. More mind-blowing memories.”

Okay, when I first read that (I’m not going to lie) it got me pumped. It made me look into this philosophy a little more.  What I found out was this community isn’t just hype. They actually live by these words. Enter their name…Chasing Sunrise. Most of us living in the mountains get out hike, run and explore. We look for areas or peaks of interest and take it to the summit. Well, so do they only one small difference. This group wakes before dawn and starts their journey long before most of us. The goal, to reach the top just before the sun peeks over the horizon. I don’t know about you, but this group seems like something I could get into and be a part of. Digging further I was disappointed to find out the organization is based in Canada. Don’t get me wrong, I love Canadians but it’s just a little too far to travel for a weekend hike!

Loving the idea, I had thoughts of contacting them and arranging something similar in my area. Then a few weeks later, I saw a post on Facebook.

My problem was solved.

How you ask…Chasing Tahoe!  On August 29th the group from Chasing Sunrise will be traveling down to Tahoe with Ultimate Ears to put on this event as the last stop on the 10K Mile Roll. Everyone is welcome to join and it’s free, just sign up. The plan is to meet at the Bayview Trailhead in the early hours and tackle Maggies (South) Peak in Desolation Wilderness. The pre-dawn start will ensure participants arrive at the top just in time to watch one of the most beautiful beginnings to a day you will ever see. At the summit of this southern peak with an altitude of 8,699 ft. there are breathtaking views of Emerald Bay, Granite Lake and Lake Tahoe.  This will be an experience you’ve never had before, so come on out and get after it!


Disclaimer: we are not mountain guides or mountain experts and hold no liability for this hike. Do your own research, understanding the hike and route and make sure you are comfortable getting up and down on your own. Your attendance in any organized event signifies that you have read and accepted the terms of our liability waiver.

When: Saturday, August 29th, 2015
Time: Meeting at 4:15AM. Taking off from the lot at 4:30AM sharp.
Where: Maggies Peak, South Lake Tahoe (trail map)
Trail: We’re heading up to the south peak of Maggies Peak.
Sunrise: 6:26AM. We plan on summiting no later 6:10AM.
Emergency Contact: If you have trouble finding the spot, any questions or cannot make it last minute, contact Julian at 604-307-7816!

Let’s do this! – Sign Up

 See you bright and early at the trailhead!

2 thoughts on “Choices

  1. This post is awesome. I want to get my hands on one of those shirts. Not even to wear but to pin to my wall. It’s amazing how a simple saying can make you mind trigger and start producing all these thoughts and ideas. I just took some pre workout and had a few minutes to kill to write this. I saying carpe diem was something I lived by when I was younger. I got it tattooed on my stomach and any time I was caught it a moment. I would look down and say [email protected] it and go for it. Recently I seem to have lost a little bit of that. Reading this post made me start thinking about some aspects of my life. Currently unemployed in lake county, ca. Not cool with me. Im going to change that and as long as I have days off I will do something with them. If it’s visiting family, getting a good workout in, make a nice fancy dinner for me and my lady. I do wish I could come up and do that hike but I’m still waiting on some money to flow in. If you guys are ever around these parts I would to show you guys that secret swim hole or the falls on Cobb mountain I told you about. Either way I can’t wait to see some photos from Saturday. Thanks for the article guys.

    1. Thanks for the cool thoughts. Glad the post inspired you. Your story is of perseverance…not defeat. Sometimes life throws us curveballs. Just hang in there and keep swinging. Eventually, you’ll knock it out of the park. I am sure we will meet many great people at the event and we’ll see what we can do about one of those shirts as well. Keep in touch and stay tuned!

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