November 11, 2019

Shiras Park at 7:45am

Sunrise from Shiras Park, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 315 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 7:45
  • Azimuth: 115°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Nope


  • Temperature: 16 ºF
  • Felt like: 7 ºF
  • Conditions: Mostly Cloudy
  • Wind: 7 mph
  • Visibility: 10.0 mi
  • Humidity: 77%


  • 17mm
  • f/22.0
  • 30 sec
  • 50


Shiras Park, Marquette, MI

46° 33' 15" N, -87° 22' 56" W

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Musings [228 words]

People continually say “I could/would never do that,” referring getting up to watch each sunrise of the year.

Why? Why wouldn’t you?

I’ve been plauged with this in the past. When I worked at [REDACTED] I couln’t find anyone in the company who wanted to stay late and create a new project. All this talent and no execution. There were beautiful, wonderful, charming ideas. Coincidentally, that very same thing at [REDACTED] happened all the time, and they were executed. People created things for more than clients. Guess which one I loved and look back upon fondly?

Back to the subject…

One year, that’s it. That’s all this project is. There have already been 36 completed trips around the sun. I think I’ll come out a better person than I went in to this year. That’s less than 3% of my life. Ok, let’s just take since being 16. That’s 5% of my life. It’s incredibly insignificant.

I remember the same when I grave up drinking for a year. If it was for a religiuos reason that was “ok”, if it was because I had substance abuse issues, that was also “ok”. But simply as a choice? People only ever asked “Why? Why woudl you do that?”

Aside from the why, it’s only a year. A single year, in any given life, is hopefully a pretty small commitment.

Fuel more Sunrises

There is plenty more to come from Year of the Sunrise. You can always add a cup of coffee to keep me going strong in the mornings, or a tank of gas to get me to some new places, as the sun keeps rising.