It's a little known fact (though perhaps more known these days than it used to be) that here in the northern hemisphere the earliest sunsets actually occur a few weeks before the winter solstice.
So, while the shortest day of the year won't happen until the 21st of December, yesterday was actually the earliest sunset of the year here in Denver at 4:35pm. From here on it will set later and later until it reaches its peak in late June.
For someone like me, who, um... seldom sees the sunrise, this means that effectively the days are already getting longer. Can you see me doing my little happy dance?
Well anyhow, I'm beyond thrilled and looking forward to more hours of sunlight. CatMan and I managed to get in 32 miles yesterday so I'm looking forward to longer rides as the daylight increases - and maybe we'll even work up to conquering the 62 mile "Golden Loop" this summer!
For anyone in the area who's curious, our "Golden Loop" route is: Sanderson Gulch to the Platte, Platte south to Bear Creek, Bear Creek to Morrison, C-470 trail to Rooney Rd., Rooney Rd to Golden, through Golden to Clear Creek, Clear Creek to the Platte, back down the Platte to Sanderson Gulch, and home again.
Gotta say we've been spoiled by the weather. With the exception of a week or so of sub-zero weather it's been a crazy warm fall. It's in the low 60's today with highs expected near 70 tomorrow! Fabulous from a biking standpoint, from a global warming one well... probably not so much.
But hey, there's only so much pessimism that a person can take, so for the moment I'm celebrating!
Here's hoping the returning of the light brings much joy to all of you!