Chillin’ Literally: A Sunrise Like No Other at Hollow Rock, Grand Portage, MN

Whoever said, ‘The early bird catches the worm,’ clearly hasn’t tried getting up for a -15°F sunrise. But here I am, making the case for why you, my fellow freezing-phobes, should consider it. Why? Because there’s magic in the Minnesotan air, especially around Hollow Rock, Grand Portage, and it’s a spectacle that’s worth every shiver and quiver.

So, let’s talk about this frosty phenomenon. Imagine, if you will, a symphony of light that only performs a few times a year. It’s the kind of exclusive show nature puts on that makes you feel like you’re part of an elite club – no membership required, just the willingness to brave the cold. And when I say cold, I mean the kind of cold that makes your nose hairs stand at attention and your breath visible enough to cloud your vision – and judgment, for considering this adventure.

The star of the show is, of course, Hollow Rock. Not just any rock, mind you, but a geological marvel that looks like it’s been punched through by a celestial fist, creating a perfect peephole for the sun. A handful of days per year, the world aligns just so, and the morning light bursts through this natural keyhole, painting everything in a golden glow that’d make Midas jealous.

Now, getting there is no small feat. It involves layers. Lots of layers. Think ‘onion-person’ and then add another layer. Because at -15°F, fashion is second to thermal survival. And once you’ve hiked, slipped, and maybe slid your way to Hollow Rock, you’ll find that your efforts were not in vain. The view is breathtaking – and not just because the air is literally stealing your breath.

The sunrise casts shadows and light in a dance that feels both ancient and momentarily just for you. It’s a reminder of how fleeting and beautiful the natural world is, and how incredibly resilient (or is it stubborn?) we are to witness it.

So, would I recommend freezing your tail feathers off for this? In a heartbeat – assuming your heart hasn’t frozen. It’s a unique experience that captures the awe-inspiring beauty of winter in a way that no photo can fully convey (though, of course, we’ll all try).

In conclusion, if you can muster the courage to face the cold, you’ll be rewarded with a view that’s as exclusive as it is exquisite. Just remember, it’s not just about seeing the sunrise; it’s about feeling that rare, unspoken connection to the world around you. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll be a little glad you left your warm bed for it.