As 2012 comes to an end and another year “sunsets” I am taking the time to reflect on the year and all the sunsets of 2012. When looking back at all the stories and images posted in the Sunset Sunday Series I can only smile. Wow, the simple joy of watching one of mother nature’s most “brilliant” moments never grows old on me. So yes, you can expect more sunsets in 2013 (and beyond), but to mark the end of the year, let’s review the 2012 sunsets in the series and discuss some of the highlights.
Milestone – 100th Sunset Sunday post
Started over two years ago in the first month of this blog I wrote about a sunset on Kata Beach in Thailand. With that post I created Sunset Sunday and have regularly posted a sunset nearly every Sunday since. And after two years I reached the milestone of 100 sunsets. To mark the moment I selected an image of me enjoying a sunset at Le Kliff in Puerto Vallarta.
Sunset Sunday Map
Probably my favorite part of the sunset series in 2012 was the creation of the sunset map. I released the map in September and have every sunset post pinned to the map (via Google maps). I noticed some heavy concentrations from locations where I spend multiple nights and some wide open spaces that need some coverage. When I released the sunset map I also created a goal of completing the map. It may be bold, but it will certainly be an adventurous journey.
Sunset Sunday Guest Posts
In 2012, I nearly doubled the Sunset Sunday guest posts with eight. And I am thankful for each author/photographer who shared an image and a memory with my readership. For 2013 you can even expect more. Much more.
To see all the guest posts from three years on the site and learn how to also be part of the series definitely check out the Sunset Sunday Guest Post page.
Sunsets from the US and Mexico
Again, the US and Mexico lead the pack as countries in the series. It makes sense, I spend most of my time (most sunset viewing opportunities) between these two countries. A total twenty-two sunsets can be classified from these destinations, but what is most exciting is all the new locations inside these large countries.
As for Mexico, Sure I posted a few from Mazatlan again, including one of my most popular of the year – the sunset from the Malecon, but I also traveled to Veracruz where I stopped the tour bus to view the sunset in los Tuxtlas and also captured a few sunsets from the Copper Canyon in Chihuahua.
New Sunset Locations
With Guest Posts I definitely continued to find new countries for the series (and the map), such as the sunset from India (above), others in Asia, and Europe too. But I also posted stories from my own travels to new locations this year too. In 2012 I spent time in the Caribbean with a cruise that included partial passage through the Panama Canal and even spent a holiday in the Dominican Republic.
Sunset Sunday in 2013
As for 2013, of course you can expect more from Mexico and the States, but also more new destinations especially since I won round trip tickets on Singapore Air. Plus, I plan to have a few more guest posts to keep adding to the map. Yes, 2013 promises to be another year of sunsets here on Stay Adventurous.
So please have a Happy New Year’s celebration and let’s toast to many more beautiful sunsets in 2013. All the best and as always, stay adventurous, Craig
Also, click here to see a complete list of all the sunsets of 2012