Well, my sister suggested going out in the kayak, one of my good friends also added to the suggestion by telling me I might even see the northern lights. Well, I was sold.
It was NOT warm out. You can definitely tell fall is on the way, but I wandered around a bit to see if I could see anything on land before I took to the water. Nope, and the rustlings in the tree litter that may have been squirrels, who should have been sleeping, made me a little nervous.
So, I went out in the kayak. It was incredibly still, I felt like I was gliding on dark glass. I could see the Big Dipper overhead and knew I was HOME! There were a few stars reflected in the lake, but not too many. On second thought, they may have been planets. I do think I saw the space station and some satellites, which made me think of October Skies. Even if it is August! (it was COLD)
The whole experience was one of the most awesome, amazing, incredible, stunning things ever. I had a grin on my face almost the entire time. When I remember how majestic it was, I find that grin returning. I wish I could have shared it with someone.
I don't have very good eyesight, even with my glasses, yet I could see the sky being sewn together with giant silver strands and needles. I could hear everything from the night mutters of disturbed ducks to loons calling across the miles. I switched on my flash and saw mists swirling over the tops of the lake in coils of white. I felt like I had stepped onto the set of a horror movie, it was beautiful. Every bit of my 2 hours or so on the lake in the early hours of almost darkness was stunning and bigger than imagination could ever make it. It was truly something everyone should try to do once in their life.