Scott and I decided to ring in the solstice by going down to Gallup Park for the Full-Moon Paddle. We hadn't canoed in ages, but our technique came right back the first minute in the canoe. I guess that's what spending two weeks canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will do for you, even if it was a decade ago!
We got to hear the raucous bedding-down of hundreds of birds and then the total silence afterwards as we skimmed along on the river.
Some evenings are perfect. That's all there is to it.