Sunset Watching Protocol

13 Dec, 2016; Imperial Dam LTVA, Yuma AZ

Step 1: Gather Materials

Collect your chair, drink, appetizers and camera – set them up anywhere facing west.

Step 2:  Remember to look around (360) – especially behind you

The hills in the east will glow a lovely pink before the sun actually sinks over the horizon.  It’s good to enjoy the view to the east, because you’ll go blind looking to the west while the sun is still actually up. 

Remember he sunset doesn’t just happen in the west – the sky will look amazing for at least 180 around the point of the sunset.

Ackk!!!  Become distracted by some bozo with a loud generator which he runs, no lie, like 10-12 hours per day.  Curse him like a sailor and all those like him.
Take a deep breath; Resolve to be a kinder, more understanding person.
Aim a rude gesture in his general direction; take another deep, calming breath. 
Resume with Step 4.

Step 4: Watch the sun set and the stars come out

Enjoy the biggest light show around.  Savor your drink, appetizers and chat with your friends (in person, or perhaps call someone).  Enjoy the fading of the light and spectacular color changes in the sky.  Snap way too many photos.

Depending on the weather:
  • Continuing to enjoy the sky as the stars come out; wish you knew more about astronomy
  • Light the ‘campfire in a can’ and make a  ‘first star I see tonight’ wish before dashing inside to warm up
  • Scurry inside for a warm dinner and hot tea

Step 5: Keep looking behind you – you never know what’s sneaking up on you.

Full moon rising over the campground

It's not even officially a 'super-moon'


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