The Winter Solstice is the first of the December holidays. This year it was on the 21st of this month. Our Salinan Native Americans were in good numbers at the rock along with interested non-native well wishers and campfire lovers, Heather and I being the latter. Hot food, cocoa, coffee, etc.
A troop of 6 or 7 made the ascent to the top of Morro Rock to light a small prayer fire which was to drive away “evil spirits and to symbolize the heat, light and life giving properties of the returning sun.”
The peregrine falcon is one of their spirits, however the birds didn’t make it to the party Saturday night.
Happy trails, Bob
Good news. The first observed breeding of the peregrines this season started today, December, the 28th at 2:55PM !