It’s been six years since we were in Oregon long enough to see the seasons change. We arrived this year just before the June solstice and we’ll leave a bit after the September equinox. In June it was strange how long the days were and now it’s strange how short the days are.
In Ecuador we have a rainy season (October-June) and a dry season (July-September), but the length of the day never changes. We’ve blogged before about this, here (when we were in Costa Rica) and here (when we got to Quito).
We were warned in our pre-departure training that some people are negatively affected physically and emotionally by the lack of seasons. But we seem to have adjusted, as Oregon now seems weird and Quito seems normal. (Although we do love Oregon in the summer!)
Just for fun, here’s how our mornings and evenings have changed since we’ve been here. As before, our source is timeanddate.com.
- June 21: sunrise 5:29 a.m., sunset 8:58 p.m. (almost 15-1/2 hours)
- October 16: sunrise 7:26 a.m., sunset 6:28 p.m. (just over 11 hours)
Right now we’re losing almost 3 minutes of daylight each day, and it’s making us eager to get back to Ecuador!