My favorite place in the world to be at this time of year is generally in the BVI and specifically moored at Anegada, after a day of beach combing and bar socializing at Cow Wreck and a wonderful lobster dinner ashore before retiring to the cockpit to gaze in amazement at the incredible views of the stars and particularly Orion's Belt. Tonight, its clear here in California and I look up at Orion's Belt, lower in the sky by about 20 degrees than my favorite place, dreaming of the day we return.
When I was doing the delivery for Time Will Tell I effectively had 2 night watches a day (sunset and middle of the night) and Orion was there the entire trip like an old friend - watching for the emergence of the Milky Way, shooting stars, and in the early watch satellites. It was great.
Here at home I see him rising up when I take an evening stroll - still the travel companion.
Thanks for bringing a fabulous memory to the fore!