Nov 16, 2014
One of the many things on my Alaska bucket list, is to see the Northern Lights. And not just see the dim aftermath, but the real deal, dancing lights in the sky. But we live so close to the downtown lights that they are never really visible. But this weekend they were supposed to be insane! The local news really got me pumped up to load my offspring in the car well passed there bedtime to see these damn things. Chris of course was on board, he rarely says no to my craziness. So Saturday night rolled around. I was checking my "aurora borealis tracker" on my phone like I was tracking Santa. We packed the car full of blankets and activities for the kids, and even carved out time to stop at our favorite bakery to load up on a few delectable's to make the wait that much more bearable.
We pulled into our viewing spot and saw lots of other cars parked and thought "clearly we are in for a show....look at all these people!!". (rookie thinking). But we devoured our treats. Set the kids up a nice little play area on the floor of the minivan, have I told you how much I love that thing? No seriously, everyone should drive a minivan with toddlers. Anyway, the waiting began. It was about 9:15 pm at this point. I was moving around trying to find signal so I could jump on my fan crazed light tracker. I was sending Chris on random walks outside the car to see if he could see anything. Nothing! About 9:30 Avalon fell asleep. The boys were watching a movie. Still no lights. 10:30 Chris said, "okay I am waiting 15 more minutes and then let's head back, I am too old for this late night shit". 10:45 Chris and Ace fall asleep. 11:00 Pierce falls asleep. So there I sat.....still no lights. Then what do you know, I FALL SLEEP! I woke up at 11:30 frantically looking for lights in the sky, Nothing! I woke Chris up and said, this was stupid let's go home. Ha! And we did.
Sunday we all slept in, thank goodness! Ace woke up and said "I never want to do that again. We didn't even see any Christmas lights". I know kid, your mom is nuts! We figured we should make it up to them and dazzle them with some other wonders of the world around us. Insert frozen lake!
The kids did plenty of ice skating last year, but mom was too afraid to let them on a lake. I have never stepped foot on a frozen lake before. My paranoia was out of control. Chris kept reassuring me that it was fine. (He grew up in Maine and learned how to play hockey on lakes like this). So I conquered my fear, and let my little ducklings spread their ever adventurous wings.
They had so much fun! Running, falling, sliding all over the place. They begged to go back home and get their skates, but I only have energy for so much in one day. And since I can't skate in my state of gestation, we have to figure something out. But we promised we would come back with skates and hockey sticks in hand.
And I mean this view! Unbeatable. Thank you weekend, I am still exhausted. And no thank you local weather man who assured me I would be in for a light show in the sky. I will be sticking to my 8 pm bedtime from now on.
How was your weekend?