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Sunday, March 17, 2013

CHRONICLES: The Aurora Borealis and the Plans

Last night, out of random happenstance, I was awake at 2:30 in the morning.  Lately, this hasn't been a wholly unusual experience.  Typically, the time has been closer to 4 in the morning.  Either way, it is what it is.

I got dressed and went outside for a cigarette, when a simple glance upward showed an extraordinarily large display of the aurora borealis.  Jackets were grabbed, collars put on and leashes attached.  Totem Bight State Park is the destination, only a few miles from Schleicher Pad North.

We got there, and the tide was coming in.  The sound of the small waves slapping the gravel beach added a perfect backdrop to the exquisite green cracks that seemed to be threatening to swallow the night sky.  The aurora directly overhead was streaking out vivid greens, almost like clouds but so much more vivid and wonderful, and all of it seemed to be coming from this point just over the northwestern horizon.  At that place, what seemed to be a giant and slowly morphing green nebula just opened up in the sky.

Pretty amazing.

The next few months are going to be tricky.  I'm going to be getting out of the Schleicher Pad North and onto the sailboat, where I can hopefully live the type of simple lifestyle I want to live without the expense of an apartment and all of the bells and whistles.  I do not know yet what the boat is called, but it's a 32' Hallberg-Rassy, which I believe to be a Swedish company.  (Is that the blue flag with the yellow cross?)  At any rate, it should be more than comfortable for the boy, the dog, the cat, myself, and anyone else who fancies an adventure.  Stay tuned, and don't forget to listen to KRBD if you get a chance.  Not only is a great source for Ketchikan's local news, but, of course, the BattleWagon Chronicles!