Every year I reserve a camping spot somewhere up north for mid-August in the hopes of being in a dark place to wittness the meteorite showers. Almost every year I am foiled.
Back in March I booked the last campsite at Port Crescent State Park which has a Dark Sky Park just a couple miles down the road from the campground.
Of course, booking in March for August means you have no idea what the weather will be like once you’re there. And of course this year, while last week was clear with no chance of rain, this week, when the meteorites should be peaking, is forecast to be hot and stormy.
A great debate ensued as my departure date grew nearer. Should I cancel or should I go north and see what happens? The debate grew more interesting when I received an email from the state park indicating there would be no restrooms, due to a sewer problem. Right. Stormy and no bathrooms.
The answer seemed obvious. I should cancel, especially since they’d refund my registration money.
So I went anyway.
The drive up was not encouraging. The skies were overcast, then filled with heavy clouds.
But my navigation system, instead of sending me up the freeway, took me on all backroads. Right through farm country. Filled to overflowing with barns.
So. Even if I didn’t get to see meteroites or stars or anything I was after, I’d be sure to catch a few barns. So it was a win, right?
Well sort of. Just before I left I was messing around with settings, reading my manual and moving through the menus. I did something so that every image was severely overexposed. And I couldn’t figure out how to fix it.
So I drove north frustrated with the weather and my camera, and the fact I couldn’t find my Kindle so nothing much felt right.
But I added almost 2 hours to the 3 hour drive, because, well, barns.
And when I finally, FINALLY, made it to the lake the sky was clearing.
There just might be a chance that my very first night I’d get the shots I’ve been dreaming of.
Well, you’ll have to wait and see.