Saturday, August 6, 2011

Northern Lights

I thought I was dreaming when I awoke at 2:00 in the morning to the phone ringing.  Oh, great, I thought.  Do I really want to answer a two-in-the-morning call?

"You have to go outside right now," my friend said.

"What's out there?"

"The northern lights are like I have never seen them before.  I'm up on Brockway.  You have to go outside."

"Okay, I'll check."  Click.

So Aaron and I put on some shoes and walked down to the Harbor Haus dock to see the show.  It was a good one: mostly green and white, but all the way across the horizon, and all the way up above our heads.  I have never seen them fill the sky like that before.  I wished I could be looking in all places at once!

They did the shooting up motion like towers, the spreading across the sky and (one I've never gotten to see) the shimmer.  Oh, the shimmer is cool.  It's honestly like a disco -- so scattered and blinking in all different places.  The show had its peaks and its lulls.  All in all, a very worth while show to get me out of bed.  We were out for probably 20 minutes before it died down.

Another great part about sitting under da Keweenaw sky is the stars.  They were twinkling bright where the clouds didn't cover.  We both saw a few shooting stars.  Do you know what the best part of seeing the shooting stars is for me?  The fact of knowing that I don't need to make a wish.


  1. I'm up on Madeline Island this weekend and they were amazing last night. Started out somewhat cloudy but about 1am they filled the entire sky with crazy aurora action and shooting stars also coming every few minutes... It was awesome.

  2. We come there every year for a couple weeks after the 4th of July and hope sometime to see the lights. Any way you can video them?

    We met you this year as you were riding home from a swim. I recognized your dog!