This drop will be named the Bench Drop. In the official selections alone, there are three photos with prominent benches. Another can be found in the outtakes, including a swing to take a seat on.

My love for benches goes back, way back. My senior year at Baraga High School I pitched my teachers on doing an independent study to write. Each day I’d pick a different subject. The essay that has always stuck with me was the one titled “Benches.”

I’m a terrible hiker, because I’m on the mission to find a good seat, to slow down, to enjoy the view. I’ve long wanted to campaign for more benches, in town, in parks, in random locations. They offer a place of rest, and more importantly, reflection. A place to slow down and be with your being, wherever that is at that time. It’s hard to pass up a good bench, especially with a sunrise view.

Finally, a March release with some sunshine. Oh yeah, I also sat down last week determined to publish Leap Day. I’d have to continue into 2024 to catch another Leap Day sunrise.

A not entirely arbitrary score of this drop: 7.8/10

P.S. Not long after publishing this post, I was notified about an Intagram “memory”. Fittingly, it was one year ago today, of me, sitting on a bench. Notice the complete absense of snow.

Date:
January 26, 2020
Sunrise:
8:25 a.m.
Location:
Head of the Bay
Temperature:
30 ºF
Felt like:
29 ºF
Sunrise:
391 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Notta
Sunrise from Head of the Bay, Baraga, MI
Date:
February 2, 2020
Sunrise:
8:12 a.m.
Location:
Clark Lambros Park
Temperature:
30 ºF
Felt like:
22 ºF
Sunrise:
398 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Nope
Sunrise from Clark Lambros Park, Marquette, MI
Date:
March 27, 2020
Sunrise:
7:37 a.m.
Location:
Bum's Beach
Temperature:
27 ºF
Felt like:
22 ºF
Sunrise:
452 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Sure was
Sunrise from Bum's Beach, Marquette, MI
Date:
April 18, 2020
Sunrise:
6:56 a.m.
Location:
Shiras Park
Temperature:
32 ºF
Felt like:
23 ºF
Sunrise:
474 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Briefly
Sunrise from Shiras Park, Marquette, MI
Date:
May 18, 2020
Sunrise:
6:11 a.m.
Location:
Shiras Park
Temperature:
43 ºF
Felt like:
42 ºF
Sunrise:
504 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Actually, no
Sunrise from Shiras Park, Marquette, MI
Date:
June 29, 2020
Sunrise:
5:59 a.m.
Location:
McCarty's Playground
Temperature:
61 ºF
Felt like:
61 ºF
Sunrise:
546 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Uh huh
Sunrise from McCarty's Playground, Marquette, MI
Date:
July 31, 2020
Sunrise:
6:29 a.m.
Location:
South Beach
Temperature:
62 ºF
Felt like:
62 ºF
Sunrise:
578 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Oui, oui
Sunrise from South Beach, Marquette, MI
Date:
August 19, 2020
Sunrise:
6:53 a.m.
Location:
McCarty's Cove
Temperature:
60 ºF
Felt like:
60 ºF
Sunrise:
597 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Briefly
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove, Marquette, MI
Date:
September 12, 2020
Sunrise:
7:24 a.m.
Location:
McCarty's Cove
Temperature:
55 ºF
Felt like:
55 ºF
Sunrise:
621 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
No
Sunrise from McCarty's Cove, Marquette, MI
Date:
October 22, 2020
Sunrise:
8:17 a.m.
Location:
Shiras Park
Temperature:
37 ºF
Felt like:
33 ºF
Sunrise:
661 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
It was not
Sunrise from Shiras Park, Marquette, MI
Date:
November 16, 2020
Sunrise:
7:53 a.m.
Location:
LS&I Dock
Temperature:
30 ºF
Felt like:
17 ºF
Sunrise:
686 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Nah
Sunrise from LS&I Dock, Marquette, MI
Date:
December 15, 2020
Sunrise:
8:27 a.m.
Location:
Shiras Park
Temperature:
14 ºF
Felt like:
4 ºF
Sunrise:
715 of 365
Was the
sun visible:
Nope
Sunrise from Shiras Park, Marquette, MI