The Perseid Meteor showers occur every year during the month of August. They originate from a comet called Swift-Tuttle and are named after the constellation, Perseus. The showers peak about the middle of August in which as many as 60 to 100 per hour can be seen in the sky if conditions are right. I am hoping the partly cloudy skies and the end of the full moon does not interfere with viewing.
I discovered this spectacular event when one of the greyt daughters, Sheri, was staying with us. Sheri heard about the shower on the news and her birthday is August 14, which was a peak night. We thought this would be exciting to watch. I remember the two of us in the back yard, sitting in lawn chairs in the middle of the night, necks straining upward, watching for streaks of light and the joy at seeing them. Ever since then, I have tried to spot at least one or two each year and I always think of the time Sheri spent with us. We spent a lot of time together, getting to know each other better, developing a special bond and the midnight runs to Taco Bell were awesome!
But living in a metropolitan area really hinders viewing. So the greyt son and his family, along with some greyt friends I used to work with are heading into the Rocky Mountains. We will hike to a hut to spend a couple of nights under the stars. Do some greyt hiking, if we can stay awake after being up all night watching the meteors. Eat greyt food and just have some greyt time together.
The huts are more like little log cabins and are amazing! These huts are nestled in the Rocky Mountains around the Vail, Leadville and Aspen area. The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association was started about 30 years ago by some backcountry enthusiasts. The huts can be accessed in summer and winter. Some the them you can drive right up to, others involve a day of hiking or snow shoeing. They sleep from 6 to 20+ people. There are now more than 30 huts and if you are interested visit http://www.huts.org. Staying at the huts is such a peaceful time. The mountains are just beautiful, along with sunsets, hidden streams, mountain lakes and lots of hiking trails. A couple of summers ago, the windflowers were so vibrant and abundant after a summer of unexpected rains.
Next week I hope to share some greyt pics with you, but until then here are pics from past trips. Hopefully, next year the greyt daughter and her family can join us and we can make this an annual event.
And of course, there will be knitting. This project is called Let’s Get Lost. I think that is appropriate since I will be hiking in the mountains. The pattern can be found on Ravelry. The yarn is Hedgehog Fibres hand dyed sock yarn. I used Vengence for the first half and the second is Construct. I think the contrast is a good match. Can’t wait to finish and do some more show-and-tell!
Here’s wishing you greyt meteor shower watching wherever you are on this beautiful planet.