My goal for today was to show the sun some appreciation. I did so by waking up before the sun and witnessing the sunrise. I was hoping to see it rise over the horizon but my vantage point didn’t permit that. It was early in the morning though and that was a sufficient amount of effort for me.
The day was not only the longest day but also the hottest, it got near 100 degrees F. I guess the sun really considered today a big day, at least on the east coast. The day was too hot to do anything so I simply sat next to a fan and sweat.
Then came time to go to my vantage point to watch the sunset. I was pretty sure my vantage point would allow me to actually see the sunset. So I biked up to Belmont Plateau and found that I was very wrong. There is a great view of the city but there was a line of trees blocking the horizon. I took a picture of the city and moved onwards to find a better vantage point.
I raced up hills and down hills searching for the sun. I got a few glimpses through the trees of the dark orange beauty. I kept going knowing I could find a vantage point if I just kept going. After a half an hour of riding I found myself nowhere near a vantage point, but quite the opposite. I was surrounded by buildings and trees and was nowhere near a hilltop.
I snapped two pictures on my journey. One when I started it and one when I gave up 4 miles later in Narberth. I gave up because by that time the sun was setting, and there was no more time left to search for it.
While I failed to see the sunset, I did succeed in appreciating the sun. For appreciation isn’t measured by the actual appreciation but the effort you put forth to get the chance to show it.