It seems that waking up in the darkness to go somewhere special to watch the sunrise is a common occurrence for us while traveling. This sunrise excursion has been the best yet. We're staying literally at the foot of the Sahara desert's Merzouga dunes. This is a very famous spot, when you think of the Sahara, you probably think of an endless rolling landscape of sand. This is that spot. 3:30 AM comes too quickly. We load into an old land cruiser to bump along a dirt road for 45 minutes further into the sand dunes. We get out of the vehicles and we start walking further into the mounds of sand. There is no footwear needed. The sand is softer than any beach I've walked on, it felt like sifted flour. Our Berber guides led us to the top of a dune with a view as far as the Algerian border. We watched the sky turn from midnight blue to gold. The sand glowed orange. This was unforgettable.