Google+

The Stars in the Sky Are Part of the Adventure

 

 by Jimmy Ruffler

Hikers, campers – even hunters – will speak about the passion they have for the star-filled skies. No, this is not about romance (although some on a relaxing vacation with their significant other may disagree.) Stargazing is actually a hobby for people who lovestars5 the Great Outdoors. There are even two sciences based on the stars – astronomy and astrology, which have become more popular subjects to study over time.

 

The clear skies and the stars shining down on the campfire add to any adventure. The deer-filled woods are quiet, yet animals can be seen popping out in order to enjoy the awesome night right alongside the humans. Because of all these facts, a star-studded sky has become a major activity for many.

 

But there is a flipside to this coin. Not only because of environmental devastation, but also because of  suburbia ruining the timberlands and basically taking over the nature we wish to keep, it’s becoming harder and harder every year to even see the stars. A great many RV camps are located in the middle of towns now, or just outside cities, where the lights of the metropolitan areas basically erase any hope of seeing natural light from up above.

 

Remote is the only way to go when searching for the stars anymore. Thankfully, the National Park System of the U.S. is still working faithfully, as well as private landowners, to preserve stunning remote campsites so that everyone can still have somewhere to go when they want to gaze.

 

When looking for stars, the Badlands in South Dakota will certainly provide all that you can handle as a camper, hiker, etcetera. This is the only place on the map where desolation is a good thing. The history is so unique; you set up camp and stare up at a huge sky with stars everywhere while being smack dab in the middle of a place proven to have housed the most amazing creatures of all time. This is not an overstatement; scientists have been finding fossils in the Badlands forever; including some from the saber-toothed cat which prowled the area far before the bison ever saw it.

 

Rugged, a bit frightening at times, yet the Badlands will allow all visitors to not only see the Milky Way but enjoy it as long as they stay.

 

The Badlands definitely has a close relative when it comes to remote and rugged. Joshua Tree National Park has been said by many to offer the darkest skies ever seen; which means the stars are vibrant and brilliant as they hover over the gnarled plants in a world that still looks as if it’s not even a part of the country. Yes, it is located in Southern California which is rich with people, lights and smog. But Joshua Tree stands alone, as if it is somehow protected by Mother Nature for all time.

 

A real vacation that will not only give you stunning stars, but also extremely lovely drinks with umbrellas in them, coconuts, and the sound of clear, fresh water coming up on shore is Hawaii. The Haleakalā National Park (in Maui) has literally every topographical scene an outdoor lover could possibly want. Jet black volcanic landscapes, subtropical rain forests, a wilderness that provides not only beauty but history, and a summit that’s actually considered by travelers to be the number one place in the world to view the stars.

 

Avid stargazers who can not make it to Hawaii have a strong love for the State of New Mexico. You are talking about a huge state with very little people throughout, which means the sky is huge and brightly lit 99% of the time. Clayton Lake in New Mexico is a Certified International Dark Sky Park, a title that is given to very few out there that offer extra-extra- extra-ordinary views of the stars.

 

So while you are sitting in the sun, or out on the boat wrangling that next huge catch, or waiting in the woods in order to spot that mighty buck that’s escaped you all these years – remember to enjoy the night. The stars are still out there, and if this country has its way, these remote locales will never be destroyed.

 

 

,

Entertainment

For movies opening August 18, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening August 18, 2017 BIG BUDGET FILMS The Hitman's Bodyguard (R for graphic violence and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about an ace bodyguard (Ryan Reynolds) who grudgingly helps a notorious assassin (Samuel … [Read More its Good for You...]

Books

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good For You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the … [Read More its Good for You...]

Real Estate

Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017

  Real Estate: Refinancing Rates on the Rise in 2017 by Amy Lignor   The term ‘meteoric rise’ usually applies to something fun. Think: A Hollywood actor who has been ‘discovered.’) Unfortunately, when it comes to this article, ‘meteoric rise’ is something that will not bring a smile to one’s face. To put it simply, if you wish to refinance … [Read More its Good for You...]

Lifestyle

Nazis Coming to Your Town? Who You Gonna Call? The Klanbuster!

  Daryle Lamont Jenkins The “Charlottesville” Interview with Kam Williams Nazis Coming to Your Town? Who You Gonna Call? The Klanbuster! Since 1988, activist/journalist Daryle Lamont Jenkins, aka "The Klanbuster," has dedicated his life to monitoring the movements of the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups. In 2000, he … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar

  How Bassmaster Pro Edwin Evers Adjusts the Auto Settings on His Sonar  by Edwin Evers When it comes to electronics, a question I get asked a lot is, “How do you customize your fish finder settings at the beginning of a day on the water?” The short answer is, “I don’t.”   You might think that a guy who makes his living with a … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

College Football Arriving Soon!

  College Football Arriving Soon! by Amy Lignor   Ask any college football fan and they will tell you that it seems like an eternity waiting for the season to begin. But, have no fear, the kick-off to the college season is almost here, with Colorado State and Oregon State hitting the field on Saturday, August 26th at 2:30 p.m. ET. On … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Book of Black Heroes

  Book of Black Heroes Political Leaders Past and Present by Gil L. Robertson, IV Foreword by Myrlie Evers-Williams Just Us Books Paperback, $12.95 80 pages ISBN: 978-1-933491-21-9 Book Review by Kam Williams “The first African-American political leaders began to serve following the Civil War...Known as Reconstruction, this period … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation

  Going Back in Time on the Ultimate Steamboat Vacation by Amy Lignor   Many people love taking a cruise. But it is the river cruise on that glorious steamboat that not only offers all the benefits a big ocean liner offers, but also creates a more personalized, intimate vacation experience. It is a unique recipe: being able to witness … [Read More its Good for You...]