Scottsfield, Arizona — As the summer sun sets on the summer solstice, the people of Scottsville, Arizona take in the sunset, the sights and the sounds of a community of over 60,000 people.
For most of them, the sun is just beginning to set and the sky is still covered with blue-green clouds.
For the other residents of Scotton, the sky will remain dark and a little bit cloudy as the sun begins to slowly rise above the horizon.
“The sun is starting to rise, but it’s still quite a bit to the right of where we live,” said Sarah Tilton, who is from Utah and has been living in Scottsboro for over a year.
“And I can’t even see the horizon because it’s so dark.
I can barely see the moon.”
The view for Tilton’s house is amazing.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the sky, and I just have to get home and look at the sky.
That’s how special the sunsets are.
I mean, I have a couple of sunsets here in Scottersville and that’s just amazing,” Tilton said.
But for many residents, it’s not just the sky that is beautiful, but the sightseeing experience as well.
“It’s just like seeing the sunrise on a clear day,” said Erin Oster, who moved to Scottsburg in January.
“You just get a feeling of accomplishment, you know, like, ‘Wow, I did it.'”
She said it’s the same with the sightseers.
“They come to me with the idea that we should all be doing something.
And then I’ll say, ‘Oh yeah, let’s go do that,'” Oster said.
And the community does seem to have an appreciation for those who have made the effort to make it to the top of the list of places to see the sunrise.
“There’s people who don’t even realize how big the sky really is, like the sky in Phoenix, and you’ll see them just staring at the horizon for hours and hours,” said Mark Sperling, who was born in Scotterstown but moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2012.
“Then you go and you’re like, man, that’s pretty incredible.”
“It really gives you a sense of accomplishment when you see that sunrise, but I feel like it’s more rewarding when you’re able to see that sunset,” said Spering, who has spent more than 20 years living in Arizona.
“When you see a sunset and it’s just beautiful and the stars are just right out there, that just makes you feel really good.
And it’s kind of like a bonus.”