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We went to the Kingston Messabout over the weekend. On Saturday night, we were hanging out aboard a Bolger Watervan, playing music in the aft salon and having a singalong, when we noticed out the starboard side windows that the Aurora Borealis was on display. We all climbed out on the dock for a look. To get away from the high-pressure sodium light around the docks, Amanda and I climbed into our Mouseboats and paddled out into the middle of the lake for a better look.

Wow. Mouseboating by the light of the Aurora Borealis, with steam rising from the lake, and the only sound the gurgling of the bow wave at your forefoot, is an incredible experience. We had an amazing display -- green shimmering curtains of light, and whirling rainbow colours, and effects that looked like someone shining a searchlight down from space.



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Sep. 15th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)
That sounds like pure magic. :)
Sep. 15th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
never seen the Aurora Borealis in person, or the Aurora Australis for that matter (from Tassie it's visible). Sounds fascinating.
Sep. 15th, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
That sounds incredible.
Sep. 15th, 2005 01:11 pm (UTC)
Reminds me...
...of the first night in the Boundary Waters of (way-)Northern MN. We were on a small island in the middle of a pretty good-sized lake. Mars was at its closest approach in a few hundred years and was prominent in the southern sky. The full moon was rising, and the Aurora was spectacular. Went to bed quite late that night...
Sep. 21st, 2005 08:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Reminds me...
The moon was down when we saw the Aurora, which made them all the more spectacular. They were bright enough to rival the full moon!
Sep. 16th, 2005 12:21 am (UTC)
Man, that sounds great. I've only seen the Aurora once, and it was really faint, but it was so cool.
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