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Thursday, February 20, 2014



On Tuesday evening while Jason and I were having dinner at home, one of his friends sent him a text saying that the Northern Lights were out and shining brightly.
Within a few seconds, we both had our faces plastered to the living room window with our hands cupped around our eyes in an attempt to see the lights.
We live outside of town, but but not so far out into no man's land that there's no lights around anywhere. It wasn't dark enough at our house, so we knew what we would be doing next.

We finished our dinner as fast as we could,
threw our jackets on
and were out the door.

We drove a few miles farther away from town and found this small clearing overlooking a bay where the lights were shining very bright.

Jason pulled over and parked.
The engine slowly whirred down to a calm.
The head lights and tail lights were shut off,
and let the darkness of the night air creep in.

A push of a button and crackling noise of ice breaking,
And the passenger window was rolled down
so the quiet of the world was let in.
The still quiet and the eeriness at the dead of night was almost suffocating.
After several minutes of sitting in silence, the crisp air made my fingers tingle and sting to the touch.
But it was completely invigorating in the same way when you go camping and breathe in the fresh mountain air first thing in the morning while the air is cool and still.

Behind us, a pumpkin-orange near-full moon rose over the Eastern horizon
looming behind black clouds as if it was watching us.

I leaned outside the truck window and began taking photos of this wild phenomenon sporadically between "ooh"s and "aah"s of admiration.
Between the silence of the air
and the mystery of the slowly dancing lights
it was almost ghostly
 Like something in the air had intentionally taken your breath away
and wanted to hang on to it for a while
Whether it was the cold air or the beauty of it all, I'm not sure

The only noise was the gentle wind
rocking a loose "bicycle path" sign back and forth on its post.
It sounded like raindrops dripping into an empty tin pail
Slowly rocking back and forth against its metal pole.
Gently clanging in the darkness of night.

The lights danced across the sky in waves
 in circular motions, in streaks of bright light
The sky was illuminated in a shade of jade green
much farther up into the air than the Lights dared to stray.

I am so glad I was able to see the Northern Lights for the first time and to have seen them on an evening when they put on such an amazing show. It was honestly one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen and I am so amazed that I was able to even experience such a thing.
Before moving up here it wasn't even something that I thought about ever, really. And if I thought about it, it probably wasn't something I would have expected to ever see in my lifetime in person.
God has such beautiful artwork. It's just amazing to me how different parts of the world each have their own "thing" of beauty that's unique to itself.
I'm going to be honest and say I have had an incredibly hard time adjusting here at times, but it's things like this that make the move totally worth it.

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