Over 550 days on the road. More than 550 sunsets…and moonrises. Waking up with the sun and settling down with her as well.
For just over a year and a half, I’ve been adapting to the natural patterns of the world around me, and have never felt more connected, more grounded…
and more confused.
Although I treasured camping vacations and road trips and getting out into nature as a kid, I mostly grew up amidst the hustle and bustle of city life.
So even though I’ve been trying to “get back to” the rhythms of nature, I know so little about those rhythms that I don’t know what to expect, what’s important, what to focus on.
There are plenty of books about nature and wilderness skills—I have several—but they’re usually sorted by topic, not by time, and focus on only one topic at a time. I wanted something that would put lots different topics together in a format that would tell me what to look for now or soon.
A calendar seemed like the perfect way to organize that information. I’ve always relied on calendars to tell me what’s coming up that’s important in my life. But now instead of holidays and birthdays, I wanted to know what fruit to expect at roadside stands, when the moon would be full and blocking my view of the stars, when to look out for migrating birds or wildflowers in bloom or other great photography opportunities.
Despite a great deal of searching, I couldn’t find a calendar that would do what I wanted. A calendar that could help me feel the world around me, not just pretty pictures of it.
I started out making this just for myself, to use in my next year on the road, but as I talked about it with others, it seemed like there might be wider interest. I hope you find it a useful companion in your next year. I’d love to get your feedback on what works for you, what doesn’t, and what you’d like to see next year.
By the way, you can follow my (personal and physical) Grand Journey at my blog, 90000milestome.com.
Are you ready to experience your world in whole new ways?
By turning pages with the new moons instead of months, you will naturally start to pay attention to where the Moon is in its cycle
Know where you are in the year by following Earth’s orbit around the Sun!
Gain insight into the seasons from the Native American names for the moons
Name the moons yourself as a way to notice how each bit of the year is different from the last bit
Be a backyard astronomer with this viewing guide
Know what seasonal produce to expect to eat your way around the year
Nature activity ideas offer gentle invitations to new experiences
Start your new year in spring, the beginning of the natural year!