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Eclipse Watch 2003 - cellophane
the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Eclipse Watch 2003
If you cannot watch a lunar eclipse on the ocean, then clearly the next best option is to watch it from the shore of a Great Lake.

It was a cold night, and not many other vacationers had braved the trip up past Port Huron to their beach cottages. All the lights were turned off, and we had the lake to ourselves.

The night was dark, but the beach was well-illuminated by a huge bonfire. The house, backyard, beach, and trampoline were filled with children and adults -- speedskaters of all sizes.

I had feared the cold wind off the lake, so I had bundled up. Thick socks and shoes, a pair of jeans, fuzzy tights underneath, a t-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt, plus a hooded sweatshirt, a leather coat, and some leather gloves. I was ready for the weather, let it come!

I felt a little silly upon finding everyone sitting down to eat dinner indoors...my layers seemed somewhat useless. A meal and a few conversations later though, our coats reappeared. Off we went to check out the bonfire.

It was one of those monstrous bonfires, where you can just toss wood in any old way, and it will just keep throwing off great orange embraces of heat all night. Any marshmallow-roasting attempts turned to marshmallow-burning -- a Fire Beast like that would not permit anything to be only lightly toasted.

The fire was blindingly hot, but the night blindingly cold. I rotated slowly on my axis, trying with little success to keep my whole body at a consistent temperature.

The trampoline looked quite inviting, and during one of its few non-kid-infested moments I could hear its siren voice calling to me. Tempted as I was, I heard another voice reminding me, "Little girls who have hurt their knees shouldn't play on trampolines." So I resisted, I turned my back on its bouncy goodness, and I returned to the bonfire.

The night began very cloudy, and we were concerned the moon would be too covered to see. By the time the eclipse began though, all the clouds had moved elsewhere and we had a perfect view of the entire sky.

Warming your back with a hot bonfire...
listening to the soft and regular crash of the surf...
staring into a dark and star-speckled night....
watching the darkening moon over the dancing lake....
admiring the mass numbers of newly brightened stars...

...I think it was truly the best way to watch an eclipse.
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greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: November 10th, 2003 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a fun time!
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: November 10th, 2003 07:01 am (UTC) (Link)
Wish I could have been there to see it.

I always enjoy reading your journal. Even though I don't know you or any of the people you write about, I always feel like I'm a part of it.

:)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 10th, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
*grin* Well thank you, and I'm glad you were there "virtually"! It would have been really cool if you'd been there in person, too. It was very beautiful.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: November 10th, 2003 07:29 am (UTC) (Link)
It was too cloudy here. :(

infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: November 10th, 2003 07:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I have always dreamt of building a house with a room that had a glass ceiling and that had an unobstructed 360 degree view of the world around me.

I absolutely love enjoying nature in all of it beauty, but in the comfort and warmth of my house. That was the only solution that I could think of.

On of these days... somewhere off of the coast of the pacific or atlantic that house will come alive.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 10th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
ooh, that sounds neat. I look forward to visiting it someday.
simplykimberly From: simplykimberly Date: November 10th, 2003 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)

do you...

make "memories" out of your wonderful essays? Some of your stuff is day to day journalling, but when you write stuff like this - you should mark it.

Maybe I'll do that for myself :) I love reading your stuff (hugs) sounds like a GREAT evening!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 10th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: do you...

Thank you so much! I'm very flattered.

I use the "memory" feature some, like I use it for all of my trip reports, but I don't think of it as often as I'd like to.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: November 10th, 2003 09:25 am (UTC) (Link)
sounds like a good night (:
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: November 10th, 2003 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Overcast here until this morning, so I couldn't even try to see the eclipse. Guess you had a good time.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: November 10th, 2003 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad you had a good time, sorry you missed out on bouncy goodness. But then, in a sense, you are bouncy goodness!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: November 10th, 2003 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
heehee! Yep, that's me.
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