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surprise acadian goodbye [parent's dilemma: to wake or not to wake?]

We've been blessed with great weather on most of the vacation and decided at least one sunrise should be met. Went down for a short hike down the wonderland trail to see what is probably an ordinary, but nevertheless spectacular sunrise. Wildlife and birds were active. The highlight was finding a hawk's nest in a tree hollow after the mom was harrassed by crows [spectacular air to air combat]. Heard babies in there, but couldn't see them. Saw local rabbit/hare and lots of ducks and seabirds. Struggled with whether to wake the family and make them come on an adventure like this. They would resent it but would likely remember it forever. Paradigm for everything else in parenting. Probably should have done it, but selfishly it was a lot more quiet and no complaining.

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Taken on August 28, 2009