Racing the Dawn
We walked to the aircraft in total darkness and readied it for flight. As we took off, the only visible light came from the lights lining the runway. Once airborne, we made our way up the river to depart and the lights vanished as we entered the clouds. On the other side of the clouds we continued to fly into darkness, but with one quick look over our shoulders we could see the dawn peeking up over the horizon. The light did not yet touch us as we flew on the other side of the terminator and it appeared a race was on. Gradually the night slipped away in front of us and gave way to the lighter shadow of twilight but before the sun could touch our tail, we descended back into the earth’s shadow and ultimately watched the sunrise from the ground.