Thursday, March 19, 2015

I Missed the Northern Lights!

So, Tuesday night on the news, they said a rare combination would allow us to see the Northern lights here in southern Michigan. The weatherman said to check outside “just after sunset.” So, I did.

Nothing. I kept checking until about 9:30 p.m. Then I gave up, thinking the city lights were blocking them.

But, when I watched the news Wednesday morning, they had many, many photos of them, from as close as Lapeer, and all of them taken after 10:00 p.m. Damn!

I have only seen them once in my life. I was 24 years old and spending the night in a campsite next to a river in Richmond, Michigan. We had been playing guitars in the tent and I went outside to take a break and have a cigarette (I still smoked, back in those days). I stood there, near the campfire and looked north. It was unbelievable. I called everybody else out and we stood there, in awe.

I would have loved to see them again.

Some photos from last night: