Article ID: 3730
Age Group: Adult
Days Up: 6,597
Times Read: 7,593
Author: M Macha Nightmare
Posted: November 23rd. 2001
Times Viewed: 7,593
An Amazing view from California
by Macha Nightmare
Corby and I went up on Mt. Tamalpais last night to view the meteor showers. Wow! And Wow again!
It's a long, windy, two-lane road up the mountain, with few places to pull off. There's a parking lot at the top, which was, as I anticipated, full to bursting. People were parked all over the place along the road. We finally found a place to park and got out and walked up the hill a bit. There isn't much in the way of places to walk, if you know this country at all. It's steep coastal hills of Franciscan Complex, shoved up there by the collision of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates. So one side of the road is steep upwards from where the road has been cut out of the rock, and the other is steep downwards.
Where we finally parked, there was a group of drunk younger folks making a bit of a ruckus, nothing hostile, just a noisy party. And in the other direction was a jerk playing loud reggae from his SUV. He didn't want to turn it off. We stayed there for about a half hour. The night was crystal clear and there are no visible lights up there in Mt. Tam State Park, except for occasional headlights of passing cars, all up there looking for a spot from which to watch the showers. There was even one idiot up there who kept riding a skateboard down the hill -- steep hill, curves you can't see around, pitch dark, and cars coming by every now and then. Normally this place would be empty at 1:30 in the morning, but last night it was swarming with folks out to see the meteor showers.
It seemed to me like something you want to do in relative silence. At least, *I* did. But that fellow with the reggae -- even when the CD ended, he just put on another one. Finally, we drove back up the hill, to where there had been no parking spaces when we first arrived but where by this time some cars had left so we found another, quiet place to watch. Also by this time, lots of SUVs (we live in a place where there's a plethora of bigger-the-better status cars of all kinds, especially the loathesome, gas-guzzling, polluting SUVs that seem to have a special brand of super-obnoxious drivers) had parked right on the road, leaving one single lane for traffic going both ways on a road with curves you can't see around. Okay, that's it for my kvetching. Now for the glory.
Wow! Beautiful streaks of bright light, of all sizes and intensities, came again and again from all directions in all parts of the sky. Some seemed to come in clusters, two or three or four together. Others came solo. Some made long, wide trails in the sky. Some made moderate trails. Some merely flickered, but you could tell they were meteors. It was utterly breathtaking! When you see them, you know why they're called showers, because that's exactly what they are. You feel like you're being showered with glitter as they streak across the dark night sky. You can't help but feel blessed to be alive, to be able to witness such celestial beauty. Out there in the night air that wasn't too cold.
Well, that's how Corby and I spent our Saturday night, coming home around 3 a.m. Hope others took advantage of this opportunity. Feel fortunate to live in a place where we had such good visibility and didn't have our customary fog to prevent our seeing them. The heck with buildings! As a Pagan, this is my church.
M Macha Nightmare
Location: San Rafael, California
Author's Profile: To learn more about M Macha Nightmare - Click HERE
Other Articles: M Macha Nightmare has posted 9 additional articles- View them?
Other Listings: To view ALL of my listings: Click HERE
Email M Macha Nightmare... (No, I have NOT opted to receive Pagan Invites! Please do NOT send me anonymous invites to groups, sales and events.)
Web Site Content (including: text - graphics - html - look & feel)
Copyright 1997-2019 The Witches' Voice Inc. All rights reserved
Note: Authors & Artists retain the copyright for their work(s) on this website.
Unauthorized reproduction without prior permission is a violation of copyright laws.
Website structure, evolution and php coding by Fritz Jung on a Macintosh.
Any and all personal political opinions expressed in the public listing sections
(including, but not restricted to, personals, events, groups, shops, Wrenâ€™s Nest, etc.)
are solely those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinion of The Witchesâ€™ Voice, Inc.
TWV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization.
The Witches' Voice carries a 501(c)(3) certificate and a Federal Tax ID.
Mail Us: The Witches' Voice Inc., P.O. Box 341018, Tampa, Florida 33694-1018 U.S.A.
of The World
NOTE: The essay on this page contains the writings and opinions of the listed author(s) and is not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Witches' Voice inc.
The Witches' Voice does not verify or attest to the historical accuracy contained in the content of this essay.
All WitchVox essays contain a valid email address, feel free to send your comments, thoughts or concerns directly to the listed author(s).