October 8, 2019

South Beach at 7:57am

Sunrise from South Beach, Marquette, MI

Sunrise 281 of 365

  • Sunrise time: 7:57
  • Azimuth: 98°
  • Did the sun rise: Yes
  • Was the sun visible: Yes


  • Temperature: 47 ºF
  • Felt like: 43 ºF
  • Conditions: Clear
  • Wind: 7 mph
  • Visibility: 7.2 mi
  • Humidity: 70%

Observed from 1.31 miles away


  • 17mm
  • f/22.0
  • 1/5 sec
  • 50


South Beach, Marquette, MI

46° 31' 43" N, -87° 23' 29" W

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Musings [524 words]

It’s now 1:07AM on Oct 8. I can’t sleep, even though I put in a solid day of 12 hours of work, maybe more. Mostly Fresh Coast Film Festival and it was stressful, but successful. I’m full of adrenaline and thinking of writing a year in review, even though it’s the beginning of October.

I can’t seem to get over what has happened in 2019. To begin, I’m dumbfounded by the number of media interviews I’ve had in just the last week regarding Plaidurday and Fresh Coast. About twelve so far, I think. With more ahead. If I go across this whole year, it’s probably been close to forty between Year of the Sunrise, resurfacing Lake Superior, Mountain Dew, 906 Day, and now the latest.

What’s been included in this year is a remarkable viral blog post, How long would it take to resurface a 100% frozen Lake Superior. I may have fallen in love, and I even ███████ ███ ██ ████ for the first time in my life. In addition to the viral Mountain Dew tweet, we had 400 people through the door in less than 90 minutes for the release party. Plaidurday in Marquette more than doubled in attendance with 297 people. I’m now Interim President of Fresh Coast Film Festival, which kicks off in less than two weeks, ticket sales look strong so far. Allegedly I’m accepting some type of community award on Thursday, and this is the same year that FCFF won a community award as well. Through all of this I managed to run a retail store which has seen a new increase in sales. I even officiated my first wedding. There was tremendous loss as well, the falling out with very good friends, and the loss of Aaron’s son. It was compounded with feeling even more raw emotions of the second year since Joy passed away. A year where I’ve been more emotionally available, more present, and have lived a pretty full life.

Through all of it, I have woken up to chase the sunrise each and every morning. It was the first decision I made this year, and it could be just a coincidence that it has lead what’s been an incredible nine months.

There’s no way to be sure, but if that’s part of the cause, then I have to keep doing it. I have to believe it’s made a tremendous impact on my life and allowed more or something to happen. More life I suppose. It might be just coincidence, but it’s been too good to let go if it’s not.

In nine months! There’s been only a single year more full than this, which was during Hometown Invasion Tour. And there’s a chance, just a tiny chance, that all I’ve needed to do was get up and watch the sunrise each and every morning. And no, not from the kitchen window.

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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.