Autumn Equinox – Summer Ends and Fall Begins!

Tomorrow, September 22, is officially the Autumn Equinox! Although Labor Day weekend is a sure sign that summer is coming to an end, this transition does not officially occur until the Equinox!

Question: What the heck is an equinox? Sounds like a Pokémon!
Answer: Although it sounds like an evolution from Onix (a classic rock type Pokémon); it is simply a time of the year where night and day are nearly the same length (12 hours). The word ‘equinox’ is derived from Latin meaning “equal night”.

To dive deeper and fully understand this, take a look at the diagrams below:



Earth’s Axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4°. Due to this tilt, either the Southern or Northern Hemisphere is tilted towards the Sun. Only on the equinoxes [Spring & Autumn], the tilt of the Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays.

Here’s what the equinox means for us:
With the seasons changing we will soon be packing up our Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle boards. Friendly reminder that the annual Oktoberfest Appleton Locks paddle will be taking place in a week and we recommend booking your gear rental in advance – tandem and single kayaks are available! Click here—Book online now!