Today is Summer Solstice 2020. We did not realize it until we arose this morning and started seeing the greetings. I had told my wife that one of my goals was to do what I’d talked about earlier in the sunrise and sunset blog.

That is, we would spend the night on the Atlantic coast and awake to see the sunrise. We then would load up and head out across the Sunshine State to a destination on the Gulf where we would see the sunset.

Today, Summer Solstice 2020, the longest day of the year, would be the best day to do it. But we missed it.

Where to Go

One of our biggest decisions would be where to go both for the sunrise and the sunset.

We have seen some great sunrises on the Atlantic. We have watched the sunrise at Melbourne and at Cocoa Beach. As my wife will tell you – no two are the same. God paints a beautiful and unique sunrise each morning.

And I am not certain yet where we might go.

Watching the sunrise at Melbourne as the surf pounds the shore is a wonderful experience.

Just as difficult for us would be where to go to watch the sun go down. We have seen wonderful sunsets at Tarpon Springs, Indian Rocks Beach, Anna Maria Island, Venice and Englewood. Again, each is unique and each is beautiful.

I remember watcing the sun sink below the horizon from the fishing pier at Venice.

How to Choose

To be honest, we probably would have been driven by what kind of hotel deals we would have been able to find on TripAdvisor. We might even take our own advice and stayed off site to save a few dollars on our lodging. We then most likely would have use that money to upgrade our choices for dining (and give a bigger tip.)

Our Cross State Route

Those who follow us know I like the back roads. We could take Route 192 out of Melbourne, Highway 60 out of Vero Beach or even drive up to Route 528 from Titusville. We then would find a southbound route that would drop us down to another route – like State Road 62, Highway 17-92 or State Road 70 to get us over to the Gulf.

Yes, I do like the back roads.

Wait ’til Next Year

Yes, we missed it this year – at least for Summer Solstice 2020. But as my wife says, we can plan to do it for next year. Rest assured, we are putting it on our calendar. In fact, she says she’s up for a practice run this summer – stay tuned.

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