Transcendence Found

I turns out that I have a thing for sunsets.

In Bethel, a small group of us went out on the tundra to catch the sunset for the last two nights. We would leave around 10:30 p.m. to watch the sun “set” around 11:30 p.m. And when I say “set,” it would never really go away, just dip below the horizon only to reappear a few hours later.

Some took shots for a time-lapse, others filmed more material for the mockumentary, or some just took a photo with their minds (and iPhones). When we were out on the tundra we talked and joked around or we were silent, just trying to take in the moment with every breath.

Bethel Sunset
A beautiful Bethel sunset

With my new appreciation of sunsets, we had arrived to our next destination, Seward, Alaska, just in time for the summer solstice. This part of Alaska was much different than Bethel. There were mountains, trees, and roads!

A small group of us set out again to watch the sun go down on the longest day of the year.

This time we didn’t actually get to see the sun because of the clouds and the mountains, but we watched a show of our own. As we settled on the rocks at the edge of the water, a sea otter came up and ate a long meal right in front of us. We sat there for quite a while.

Seward sunset
Seward

There is something about sitting in silence with your friends before a perfectly serene scene of the blue water, cute wildlife, gigantic mountains, and low clouds.  It’s where peace and love for the land is found.

It was transcendent—a moment I’ll want to remember forever.

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  1. When I first moved to Bethel, my whole JV community would watch the sunset together for months-walking onto the tundra for a better view. It was a tradition we revisited periodically throughout the year. Hands down the best sunsets I’ve ever seen were right there.

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