Ohh, Yellowknife. Here I am, sitting in a friends living room, overlooking a couple islands and great slave lake just past a few homes along the shore line. It's a beautiful, sunny day. It's warmed up to 26 below from the 37 below it was as we were driving back from Vee Lake last night.I'm really so fortunate to have so many terrific friends here, and always meeting more. There's at least one of those friends, who, at about 11pm last night, asked what kind of drugs I was on. I was staring at AuroraMax. Yes, again. I had the screen brightness on my MacBook cranked all the way up, and I was tilting the screen forward - for absolute maximum allowing of any 'shadows' to show because as I told Val, there was a really, really faint just starting to appear right over Yellowknife. But frankly, if you have to work that hard just to THINK you see a band, you're probably making it all up in your mind. But I wasn't. And Val was convinced I was. Fortunately, Val's husband was on my side. And brought Val back to Earth since when I'm not up here, it's often her thinking so hard to see that first faint band, that it's probably more in her mind than actually there. So, with a short battle of who's more insane behind us, we ended up on Vee Lake with a new friend from Nashville who wanted nothing more than to see the lights for the first time before she had to be at the airport for her flight home in six hours.
It's amazing the way these nights go. Starting from home where you're not sure if you're actually seeing the aurora on camera, or if it's all in your mind, to standing in starlight outside the city lights seeing just the faintest band overhead, to, within seconds and minutes of that, curtains of bright green and purple sweeping across the entire sky, right overhead.
What an incredible night. Although it still feels like I'm seeing the aurora for the first time on nights like these, it's the best thing in the world to be out with friends who are seeing it for their first time. And to our friends just down the lake from us who were yelling, screaming, and laughing hysterically, just like we were at the show all last night, thank you for the incredible fun and for co-creation out there. We loved the company.