There is a hill above the Re-member site from which you can see many miles in every direction. To the south, you can see the Nebraska-South Dakota border. To the north you can see eighteen miles. It is a common feature of a trip to Re-member to make multiple visits to the hilltop, especially at sunrise or sunset (or to get a cell signal).
Earlier in the week I went up there during a windy evening and stood on the crest of the hill, my arms outstretched facing the wind. It was near sublime.
The night of the solstice, our last night on mission, a large group found their way to the hilltop with many intending to sleep out. Guitars were carried to the hilltop and songs were sung. I danced a little.
Stephen loves astronomy and guided everyone through the bejewelled night sky, pointing out all the constellations and planets. The space station passed brilliantly by. He said that people who never see the night sky can pretend that they are the extent of creation.
We laid together on sleeping bags, adults piled near one another, joking, telling stories, and laughing. Like we were kids.
I have never seen a twilight last as long. There was light along the western horizon for more than two hours after the sun actually set.
The best summer solstice of my life.