The winter solstice marks one of my favorite days of the year. You probably thinking "…he's crazy! Jason has lost his mind". Probably right. Today is the shortest and darkest day recorded throughout our calendar. Tromsø, Norway, records their sun being "down all day". They are in civil twilight, which means there is a bit of light, however the sun never peeks over the horizon line. That's a lot of darkness, and a lot of batteries being used in headlamps. Ok, so it's not really my favorite day, but it gives me something to look forward to.
The summer solstice.
That day holds our longest span of daylight. Yep, proven fact, over the next 6 months the Northern Hemisphere gains daylight, and sometime around June 20, Tromsø, and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, will have one of the longest days of light recorded during the year. Albeit, it's a slow-6-month-drip of daylight "anesthesia". Having the very thought of longer days brings me to think of new mountain projects and routes that span higher terrain and longer distances. All of which start to slowly inject themselves in my brain. I start to browse topographic maps, glance over google earth and line up some racing events. I scan through old blog posts to think of a line to mimic, or meditate and dream up some sort of variation on a pre existing line. For me, visualizing lines offers a collective penchant of distraction to this present limited light. In short, the winter solstice offers a grandiose distraction from fact. I don't care for the limited daylight, but I know for sure that the light will gain as I sit here and pencil-in a choreographic dance of summer events hoping only that it blends together seamlessly.