The longest night of the year is drawing near and while there is much of winter ahead of us we know it is a joyful time to celebrate the turning of the tide when our days will grow long again. In age old traditions around the world this point in the year has been celebrated and honored.
As I write this our Outdoor Academy students are out on their final solo adventures for the semester. They are spending two nights out by themselves, in their own little tarp, with their sleeping bags and provisions watching and feeling the coming of the sunrises and the sunsets, fully knowing that cycle. We build this time for reflection on their OA adventures and to give them quiet time to project into their journey home. I love it that this solo also comes very close to the Winter Solstice which, this year, is Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 6:03 PM EST. With a waning moon, clear skies, coyotes on the mountain, owls and many other creatures of the night, this adventure will be one that is carried in their hearts forever.
This Winter Solstice I encourage you to find your mini adventure and celebrate the end of shortening days and the beginning of a trek back toward the long days of summer. Maybe you can have your own solo adventure on a starry, frosty night hike or maybe you can create a luminary path to encourage the sun to come back to its full glory. Whatever it is, know the next solstice will come in the summer when we meet together at Eagle’s Nest Camp and on Hante Adventures around the world. The longest night? The night to dream big where your next adventure could take you!
Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director