I've always enjoyed knowing what winter solstice is and when it occurs, but that's about all I've ever noticed about it until I started driving to work via a backroad through the country.
I have lived in my current home roughly three years now and had to take a different route to work when I moved. That route takes me on a very curvy road that is pretty much surrounded by trees on either side all the way through. With this thick tree cover blocking out what little sun is left in the sky, dark winter days get darker a lot faster. For this reason, winter solstice has become my favorite day to drive through the woods on my way home from work because at around 5:15 pm, my whole world is surrounded in darkness.
I also have the chance to see a few more of my nocturnal friends on the way home as owls, raccoons, coyotes, and a few deer are on the move on this particular backroad once it gets dark. With more of these critters roaming the country, I have to slow down a bit so that I don't run into them. This makes the drive a bit longer and even more pleasurable.
Overall, it's a very pleasant drive on the darkest day of the year. It helps that it is cold as well, which only adds to the atmosphere in my book!
Who would have thought that after thirty plus years of life, driving down a backroad would become such an enjoyable thing to do?!?!
One day I'll remember to bring a camera along with me and try to catch one of my furry friends on the roadside and post it with this review.
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