I went to a solstice celebration in Muir Woods 2 days ago. They opened most of the main grove for free from 3-8pm. Music, carolers, children running around with flashlights. It was good fun. And they lined the path with luminaria, something I know more from my time in Arizona. A great way to guide people through the trees without the need of flashlight. But as you can see, it's really dark under redwoods at night.
I've had a very busy 2011 and have not been blogging, but will be back in 2012. A very merry season to you all. And from here on out the days just get longer.