There are Mariner Milestones - I’ve been lucky enough to hit a few of them in my career.
The Prime Meridian - 0 degrees Longitude
The International Dateline - 180 degrees Longitude
The Equator - 0 degrees Latitude
I’ve crossed these imaginary lines. Most times I’ve crossed these imaginary lines in the middle of the ocean with nothing to mark the occasion other than a glance at the GPS to say, ‘yep, here I am’.
I crossed a new line this week.
The Arctic Circle - 66 degrees 33 minutes North Latitude
As per usual it was a quiet affair with no fanfare. My shipmates had all crossed it before and were uniformly unimpressed.
Mother Nature however, felt that a proper welcome to the Arctic was necessary and graced me with a nearly white rainbow.