Another summer solstice is upon us tomorrow. The length of the days here in northern Washington and the extreme arc of the sun through the sky are foreign to me but I’m enjoying seeing a solstice from an entirely new perspective. It makes me think about where I am now and the differences from where I’ve been on the summer solstice the last couple of years… both far from home.
Last year I found myself pulling into a campsite at Patapsco State Park in Maryland to a glorious show of fireflies during the Overland Expo to TBEX trip, a journey which proved to be a very challenging across the board.
The year before I was at Great Sand Dunes, wrapping up the Geowoodstock to TBEX trip. But even though the trip was wonderful, I spent summer solstice in misery, having busted my big toe irreparably during a side trip to Zapata Falls.
It’s funny to look back at it that way… a hard trip with a great solstice and a great trip with a hard solstice. As for the Pacific Northwest Tour? It’s going really well. I’m hopeful my memory of tomorrow’s solstice will match the tone of the last 38 days on the road.
So in wishing you all a happy solstice, I leave you with this…
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. ~George Santayana