So A*, J* and I were planning to come out to the camp and watch some shooting stars as part of the annual Persied meteor shower..and I mentioned to my brother and sister on the weekend and they wanted to come out too..so tonight we had a gaggle of people out for supper and a bonfire. We had burgers and ‘spider-dogs’ ( hot dogs with split ends ) and I started a fire. Soon it got dark and the occasional meteor would shoot across the sky…it was so dark that the kids were having no trouble seeing them..really neat. It makes me happy that the kids can come out and have a fire and see something spectacular like these shooting stars..its not something that you see today and we sometimes lose perspective on our place in the universe. Plus sometimes kids spend so much time inside doing stuff that they don’t really get exposed to nature as much as they should. Me, I have always loved nature..as a kid I would spend all of my afternoons in the swamp and doing similar things..that is one of the major reasons I wanted to go off-grid in the firstplace..to be closer to nature in both a geological and philosopical perspective. Before there was TV and video games the stars were a form of entertainment..constellations and stories..the original soap operas!! Well..if that is the case then this round of Perseids must have been more like a Superbowl!
Anyway..after a while the kids needed to go home to bed so A*, J* and I sat in our lawn chairs and watched the shooting stars..some distant..some like bright green explosions directly in front of us. We watched for a hour then went inside to bed..as good as they were early they were supposed to be amazing at 3AM..so we set the alarm. 3Am rolled around and the alarms goes off but it has clouded over in the meantime and there are no more meteors to see. All in all pretty cool..I cannot wait until next year!