One of our guests from last night left us this morning with some quick words in casual conversation, something to the tune of 'life is all about timing and choices'. The words just fit, they resonated, and they definitely stuck. And although they weren't at all in reference to our unbelievable night of increased solar activity thanks to an originally non-earth directed CME, last night we did have perfect timing, and we also made the perfect choice. It was one to remember.
I was dragging this night on as long as I could. Guests were fading fast, and it was a little cold, but there were plenty of signs for us to stay as patient as possible, so I practiced my best stalling techniques after 'just ten more minutes maybe, and we'll see' had quickly exhausted itself (think the boy who cried wolf), and as we were halfway back across Vee Lake, the beginning of a break-up was now noticeable, so after an already very good night, we definitely ended things on a high.
It was everything stereotypically Yellowknife. Except that it was -7°C in January. We left the house, got ourselves out to a lake nearby, under absolutely perfectly clear skies. The aurora began to appear gently, more faint than the milky way, but before long we found ourselves directly under quite the show with hints of pinks.
There are nights where when you have to go, you just have to go and it can't wait another second.
New year's eve happened to be one of them. It was a little past 6p, and I had just sat down with a bowl of soup for dinner when I brought up some space weather websites to see how the night was looking to shape up. It had already shaped up, and you could just tell there was something really, really good about to happen. Forget dinner, forget dressing properly - it was only -8°, so I may as well have been in shorts - the only thing that mattered was getting out of the city as fast as was humanly possible, and I did, going the speed limit the entire way. Within minutes of getting out onto a lake, the skies exploded. It was one of the best bursts I think I've ever seen. Fitting for the end of a pretty special calendar year.
Temperatures into the -30s for the first time this winter, and it's a great, great feeling. Frozen nose hairs, frozen lakes, and clear skies. We're a happy little guesthouse heading into the new year with more to come!