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@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
I'll be traveling on the actual solstice but I hope to get out to the spot in my avatar on a day close to the solstice.
It's a Native American rock art site in a shallow cave; the setting sun lights up the concentric rings painted on the side of the cave on (or around) the winter solstice. A very special place, and amongst a few in the area that seem to be tied to the solstice.Dec 10, 2011 at 8:28 am #1810689
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@laurie_annLocale: Ontario, Canada
I was hoping for enough snow to go snowshoeing but mother nature is not being at all cooperative… lol. So, I'll be at the track, running with my husband and son (because that's our new family passion)… not to mention it will keep any holiday weight gain at bay.
Have a Cool Yule!Dec 10, 2011 at 9:25 am #1810705
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Inside and toasty warm :-DDec 10, 2011 at 10:03 am #1810719
I didn't even know you were supposed to celebrate.Dec 10, 2011 at 10:59 am #1810728
@walksoftly33Locale: New England
Never stood on the shores of one of the great lakes, sounds like a great way to celebrate.
I think the sun does not begin to rise again till the 25th of December. On the 21st it reaches its lowest point and stays there for three days till it rises again.
I will be calling my sister, Its her Bday. Also I am hoping to go to a winter solstice party. My girlfriend has an old boss who lives near by that has legendary parties to celebrate the winter and summer solstice's, or so I hear…he has yet to have one since I have been around. Hmm I wonder how crazy they were…
If not hopefully I will be out on a hike.Dec 10, 2011 at 11:39 am #1810737
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Painting myself purple and dancing in a circle of stones, of course.
No real plans. One year we all got together and had a massive bonfire on the beach and played drums. It was very primal and tribal, with costumed revelers on the Fellini side of the universe.Dec 10, 2011 at 11:59 am #1810740
>Painting myself purple and dancing in a circle of stones, of course.
That's my every Friday night.Dec 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm #1812923
@hknewmanLocale: Western US
When the days are the shortest of the year and the winter winds howl (even down here), it's time for family and friends, preferably in front of a big fire place.
After Xmas, it's time to start snowshoeing in the mountains, burning off the holiday meals and getting the muscles ready for backpacking next month.Dec 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm #1812934
my climbing days have been limited to 5 hours or so … with the time it takes for the morning frost to melt and dry, and the sun going around 4PM … and the freezing temps in the morning and the evening
once the sun starts setting latter … happy happy joy joy ;)Dec 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm #1812940
Plan to spend it surfing in Nicaragua.Dec 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm #1812942
@nerdboy52Locale: "Alas, poor Yogi.I knew him well."
I'm hoping to spend a few days tramping around the Shawnee State Forest in Ohio. It ain't the High Sierras, but 'tis the best we got here in Ohio.
StargazerDec 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm #1812945
Hanging with my sweet puppy as she recovers from surgery and cleaning up a bit around the house.Dec 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm #1812948
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Hanging with my sweet puppy as she recovers from surgery and cleaning up a bit around the house…
… and not eating processed foods?
:)Dec 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm #1812949
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
I am hanging out in a ancient native american site in Nevada that I think might have some solstice significance. We shall see if the sun does something spectacular, assuming Mr. Sunny comes out to play. If it doesn't I'll just have to settle for a really neat BPing trip. Sigh.Dec 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm #1812963
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Here in Kenai, Alaska, there are lots of Solstice parties to choose from. They always involve a bonfire with the wood 4 or 5 feet high (lots of beetle-killed spruce) and s'mores. Dinner can be gourmet hotdogs over the fire or an inside potluck. I'm guessing it will in the 20's (F). Hopefully not windy. One year it was -5F and you had to do the rotissoria thing close to the bonfire to keep somewhat comfortable.Dec 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm #1812976
@eugeneiusLocale: Nuevo Mexico
Here in the Mexico border region of Las Cruces, Nueva Mexico there are a few solsticio de invierno fiestas to mooch from. They always involve a drunk uncle about 4 or 5 feet high (lots of tattoos and cucaracha killing botas) and Tecate. Dinner can be handmade tamales or posole cooked with lard over the one stove burner that actually works or chorizo and bologna grilled cheese sandwiches. I'm guessing it will be in the 40's (F), cold enough to wear Dickies pants, my Nike Cortez shoes, a hairnet, and maybe an oversized sudadera. Hopefully not though because I prefer my Lowrider T. One year it was 60F and we all pretended like the flour used for our tortillas was snow so it somewhat looked like winter.
In all seriousness, my Solstice will probably involve good beer, food, and a headlamp led trail run after the food settles.Dec 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm #1812977
"… and not eating processed foods?"
I've been doing very good!Dec 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm #1813082
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
Timothy- Where will you go on Lake Huron? Looking for some new options.
Douglas- looking forward to your next status report. Sorry to hear about your dog. Hope everything is ok.Dec 17, 2011 at 8:18 am #1813231
1Dec 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm #2056744
Another solstice without a sunrise.
I might as well hang up my robes.
I even had a deer skin to wear this year.
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