I live about 40 miles away from the coastline. Sunrise is at 6:00 am, so I get up at 4:30, check a webcam in a nearby town to make sure it's not foggy, then I drive to the location I want to shoot, and wonder if this will be the day I'll see a brilliant orange sky during the Golden Hour.
But more often than not, the Golden Hour isn't gold at all. The sky brightens, the clouds burn away, and it's daylight. I end up getting a very similar photo time after time.
If it wasn't near my house, I wouldn't try so often. But I know that one of these days I'll sleep in and miss a spectacular golden sky, and I'll really be upset.
I'm not normally a landscape shooter - how often will you keep going back? And is there a method to get a better idea when you will get a truly spectacular golden hour?