One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseid, is coming this weekend. Asteroids from other worlds will streak toward Earth, piece our atmosphere, and catch fire -- trailing flames across the night sky. But to really experience this, you have to take the time to go someplace dark, away from the lights of the city and you need to let your eyes adjust.
So we're going to Yosemite.
Join us for a weekend car camping, hiking, relaxing and meteor watching trip this weekend at one of my favorite places. I've booked a hard-to-find campsite in Yosemite National Park at Glacier Point for the nights of August 10 and 11 - that is this coming weekend. The Glacier Point overlook is one of the most spectacular viewpoints in the country, the sky is pitch dark there and the weather will be clear and cool -- perfect for meteor viewing.
I saw a meteor shower a couple years ago -- it was like nothing I'd ever seen before -- there were 100's of meteors shooting across the sky. Incredible. Almost a life-changing moment. I know it's a little short notice, but this should be a memorable trip.
The plan is to arrive on Friday August 10 (the earlier, the better) and set up camp, get a fire going, and relax Friday night. Saturday I have a couple cool hikes planned, and Saturday night we'll stay up late (or get up early) and lay back and watch fiery meteors streak across the black sky over Yosemite Valley. It should be spectacular. Sunday, I will gauge the energy (and sleep) level and we'll do another short hike before we leave in the afternoon.
I have booked a large Group campsite at Glacier Point's Bridalveil Creek Campground; we will have tons of room for everybody. The site will actually fit up to 30 people -- but I'm going to limit it to 20 people because, well . . . I can. This campground has real bathrooms and running water, so it's pretty civilized. Carpooling will be required, the campsite comes with only 5 parking spots. (Though there is a possibility for some overflow parking at the Glacier Point overlook.) Obviously, everyone carpooling will split gas cost and you'll also split the $20 park entrance fee. No dogs, no kids and no bad attitudes.
You supply your own food. People usually bring enough stoves and grills, so you'll have something to cook on. You should have basic gear for car camping -- sleeping bag, pad, flashlight, headlamp, the right clothes and shoes, etc. If you don't have a tent, post something -- you can almost always find space in someone's tent. And you really should leave room in the car for some kind of reclining chair so you can lay back get a good view of the sky.
This is not a hardcore trip, but we will be camping and hiking at a fairly high altitude (7000 ft) so please be in good shape with some hiking experience.
Cost for the trip is $25 per person. If you want to go, please RSVP "Yes" (or join the waiting list). But you're not officially on the trip until you pay. I will have payment info soon. I have a feeling this trip will fill fast, so make sure you're going to ready to go in time and also let me know if I've hiked with you before or know you through Meetup. Remember, ignore who's a Yes and who's on the Waiting List right now. You are not officially on the trip until you pay and I mark you as paid.
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