Cool Night, Cozy Blankets, Hot Cocoa, &…

by Kelsey, 8, and Blake, 6, Stoutjesdyk | May 1, 2022 | 0 comments

Once upon a cool August evening, our family happened to be camping in a dark, open area near Jasper, Alberta, Canada, where we had an amazing view of the sky.

One evening, something caught our dad’s eye. He looked up to see a shooting star streak through the sky. Throughout the next few hours, ten more of these majestic meteors were spotted. He thought this was very interesting, so he looked it up on his phone and found out that this was the Perseid meteor shower. The peak of the meteor shower would be the next night.

When we awoke in the morning, Dad told us that it was very important for us to have a nap that day, because there would be something fun happening that night. In the evening, we got our comfortable camping chairs, cozy blankets, and hot cocoa, and lit a campfire. We snuggled in our chairs and turned our faces toward the sky. It grew very dark quite quickly, and we watched the stars come out.

Soon the first shooting star was observed. Within minutes, we saw many more. Some of the meteors left a bright trail behind them, which we could see for about three seconds. There were amazed gasps of “Wow!” and “Did you see that one?” and “That’s so cool!” all around. We also saw the bright band of the Milky Way across the sky. Every way we looked, there was a shooting star to be seen.

Too soon, our eyes were drooping, and we were nearly falling asleep curled up in our chairs, so our mom and dad said it was time to go to bed. We had seen lots of God’s beautiful creation on our camping trip, but this last evening watching the meteor shower was definitely the icing on the cake!

Milky Way
Milky Way. Photo ©

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