At 4:51 MDT this morning, the sun reached its annual northern zenith at the Tropic of Cancer. Of course, there is no reaching on the part of the sun, but it seems so from on the ground within the territory of gravity. I woke up about 20 minutes after the actual moment of the solstice, but before the sun rose here. The double orbit of earth, spinning large and small at once is hard to grasp. I understand it in my head, but when it comes to realizing it in space and time it is different. What I can easily understand is being fully awake at 5:40 with a complete circle of sun just above the horizon, no clouds to speak of, and knowing I have the longest day of the year ahead of me.