Winter Solstice 2018

The longest day of the year and a celebration of the coming of the light. Gaby, Steve and I drove from San Rafael to Yosemite on Friday which was the the Solstice and we entered the park just as the sun was setting and the moon was rising. Steve pulled over at the top of tree mountain about 6,000 feet. We had a superb view of the full moon coming up with Half Dome as a background.

The clouds added a solemnity to the scene. We got back into the car and about half hour later climbed 2,000 feet down down the mountain to the valley floor and the hotel. When I see he full moon it reminds of the ditty I learned about the same time as I learned “Happy Birthday”, it goes:

I see the moon. The moon see me,

The moon sees the somebody I want to see.

God bless the moon, God bless me,

God bless the somebody I want to see.

In the lobby where everything smells like pine and a fresh fire we signed in. Ward and Dee had arrived earlier and were out on a walk. Phaedra, Dan and the children will be coming on Saturday because the kids had final exams. Since that is the date of the Bracebridge Dinner, they will get to the hotel in time to dress up in their formal attire and our photo taken (!)

Time for Bracebridge and the gang’s all here! Folks waiting for our family photo – l-r Rosie, Gaby, back of Phaedra, Steve and Dee.

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