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The Travel Well -June Solstice

June 22, 2016

(As always, comments are appreciated. Partners on this venture are always welcomed. So, contact me with whatever.)

After taking some time off, the Travel Well is back. Time to get back to quips, short smiles, and little blurbs about things. As always, comments are appreciated.

Summer Holidays Man and a Saimaa Seal

Depending where you live in the world, you could have experienced the longest day of the year or the shortest day of the year. For my Northern Hemisphere neighbors, we enjoy the summer in these parts. (Midwest friends- it goes too quickly, we know. Coats and gloves will be back too soon. So, let’s enjoy it. )

The June Solstice (not technically the summer solstice to those in the Southern Hemisphere) – occurs whens the sun is over the Tropic of Cancer, which happened at about June 20, 22:34 GMT. The June Solstice can technically happen anywhere between June 20 and June 22. In the December Solstice – the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn, around December 21.

Another rare event is a full moon happening on the June Solstice. The last time this occurred was about 70 years ago. June’s moon is called the strawberry moon, a name given by the Algonquin tribe for right at the height of when strawberries are harvested (Thank you, Farmer’s Almanac).

Here are a few more links to look at in recapping this year’s June Solstice.

Strawberry Moon in Stonehenge

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/summer-solstice-2016-strawberry-moon-stonehenge-thousands-travel-longest-day-year-a7092936.html

Some other celebrations on the Summer Solstice

http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/summer-solstice-celebrations-around-the-world

If thinking about next year to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice, here’s one possible site (no commission paid to promote this site).

http://stonehengetours.com/html/summer-solstice-tour.htm

Happy Summer (or Winter)

 

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