Santa Lucia Day

auk lake I honor Santa Lucia during this icy walk on around Auk Lake. It’s high noon on a day with no hope of sun. No blond haired virgin with a candle wreath in her hair greets us with strong Swedish coffee and a tray of saffron buns. She must not have the ice cleats needed to navigate the trail. I honor the patron saint of light by gazing into a reflection of Mt. McGinnis in a shallow pool of melt water that spreads over the lake ice. “Here,” the reflection promises, “is a taste of the long light of June.”

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