Do yourself a favor and treat yourself at least once a year to a sunrise coastal flick starring you, in real life. I don’t care how you do it: set your alarm for 4:45AM, stay up all night the night prior, plan your car trip to arrive at the shoreline before daybreak; just do it. During my trip to Big Sur last week, I woke up early (yes, on vacation) to traverse the dark streets and pull my car over to experience just how beautiful a seamless connection is between mother nature and the sun. It’s almost impossibly to describe the its beauty, but here we go. In what first appears to be pitch black abyss, as soon as the sun approaches the horizon, the water — connected to the rolling mountains by a hovering fog — enlivens with a rich blue and the fields begin to slowly saturate in their darker hues. In Big Sur at sunrise, the sun is still tucked behind the mountains, so the result at this hour is an even lighting unlike any other. Pick a stop with bare telephone poles and wires and you’ll feel like you’re on the set of some movie, only — pinch yourself — you’re there. Relish it.