Thanks to this daily post for the inspiration:
Today’s Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere). How are you taking advantage of the extra hours of light this time of year? Do you like it, or do you already miss earlier sunsets?
The longest day of the year. Long in tooth, this day. Summer has officially begun. Summer, which conjures late sunsets, evenings well spent with friends amid natural beauty & lots of activity. How has this first day of summer been different from the other days?
This weekend is the Rhododendron Festival on North Carolina & Tennessee’s border mountain, the Roan. Thousands of people come from all over to see these most precious of flowers in full bloom. The mountainsides and rare balds of the Roan are covered with the fuchsia, pink, and lavender blossoms of the catawba rhododendron. The festival has been going on since 1947 and is a great showcase for the natural and in some cases rare beauty of the Roan.
This evening Ini & I decided to use the extra hours of daylight by going and sitting at Carver’s Gap at 5,500 feet, a junction where the Appalachian trail crosses over & sell some of our hats that we got while we were recently in Peru. We also sell them on Etsy, check it out!
We opened up the trunk & made a few sales. It feels good to be out & about enjoying the day. I read some of a book about fly-fishing & Ini played his charango which he got in Peru and sang some of his songs. All in all, a beautiful day up in the clouds on Roan Mountain enjoying & celebrating the solstice.