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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Sunrise - Sunset

Posted June 14, 2007 7:59 a.m. EDT
Updated June 14, 2007 9:04 a.m. EDT


Where is the best place to watch the sun rise? And where is the best place to watch the sun set? Your input will be greatly appreciated.

This topic came to mind this week when WRAL Videographer and producer Richard Adkins asked permission to use the song "Tall Ships" from my "I Am a River" album for a video essay on coastal sunrises.

To me there is nothing quite so romantic as getting up early before the dawn, grabbing a great mug of coffee and watching the fiery orb inch its way over the horizon. Plus you can’t beat a silent glass of old vine Red Zinfandel as the sun sinks slowly across the western sky.

My favorites? Well, here in North Carolina Alleghany County offers some of the most incredible sunrises just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Gideon’s Ridge at Blowing Rock boasts a breathtaking view. Ocracoke shimmers with glorious sunrises and sunsets along the coast.

But my favorite sunrise of all: Haleakala on Maui in Hawaii. At more than 10,000 feet you feel like you’re experiencing the dawn of creation in what the natives call “The House of the Sun.”