Chasing Sunsets

Time seems to pass quicker as we get older, or so they say…. and the days tend to run together in a blur.   I am determined to avoid looking back and wondering where the time went.  With that as a goal, there are a few things that I like to do to make each day a little more memorable:

My motto:
**go somewhere you haven’t explored before – as often as possible (daily is best, but at least once a week… Geocaching is a great way to discover places… even close to home!)**

And… along the way…

1) take lots of photographs – at least one a day, posted now in a photo-a-day album.. and included in my rotating screen saver so I am reminded of adventures long after they are history (digital photography makes this so much easier than it once was)

2) make notes about location and activities on calendar… I have a stack of calendars that mark events in my life through the decades- easy to leaf through and recollect.  The calendars we used as my kids were growing up are full of appointments and meetings.  Now they reflect more places and events.

3) celebrate daily transitions- take time to pause and watch the sun come up or go down over the horizon.  I’ve been stopping to sit and enjoy the sunrise or sunset since I was in high school.  Fortunately, I share my life with someone who appreciates this time of day, too.

As a matter of fact… Scott and I have been chasing sunsets together for over 35 years…. it’s something we can do wherever we are… set aside the craziness and rush, stop the car or venture to a scenic spot…. and slow down for a few minutes together.

You might think that sunset photos would tend to look alike… not true. As I searched through these, I smiled at the time and place each one recalled… The conversations, the adventures of the day, the shared memories.

Here are a few mementos of shared sunsets that we have gathered over the years:

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How do you slow down? Want to catch a sunset together? … Sure…. Let’s go!

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Solitude

Walking, Hiking, Riding, Geocaching, Sketching, Exploring…. intentionally by myself… alone.

 

To experience time alone in nature can be an opportunity to enjoy solitude and peaceful freedom. An opportunity to travel at your own pace,  entertain your own thoughts… examine your own perspective.  It might take a bit more planning, but less coordination.  Solitude replaces conversation with contemplation.  For me… it is rejuvenating – something I plan for regularly and accept as an option when plans with other people fall through.

In the warm summer months I like to rise quietly before dawn and slip into the still of the desert.  Sometimes I plug in headphones and listen to NPR programs or audiobooks while I walk.   I stop frequently to take photos – the detail in a flower, brilliance of the sunrise or animals along the trail.  Deciding which branch of the path to take becomes a matter of where I turn my attention – each corner brings a new view- the best are those unexpected…. the trail turns eventually toward home and I wrap up my thoughts to tend to the day ahead.

Yesterday I rode my bike along Rim Rock Road on the Colorado National Monument.  It is a popular ride for avid bikers… even when the narrow road is crowded with cars and bicyclists.  But for a few more days the road remains closed to motorized vehicles while they clear snow – reducing the typical danger, stress and noise of this route. Sunshine illuminated the sandstone cliffs above and below me.  The quiet of the landscape around me was my only companion.   I wallowed in my freedom, stopping on narrow shoulders to gaze at the cliffs below, weaving my way back and forth to enjoy the scenery.

The road reopens to cars on Monday. So glad I took the time to experience the solitude today. How about you? Ready for a little time alone?