We were at the Mojave National Preserve November 4th and 5th for our semi-annual star party that helps promote support for the Preserve. This year Subaru sponsored the event. The “official” scheduled event day was Saturday the 5th, but we got there a day early so we could enjoy the scenery and night sky before the crowds arrived. What a great place to get away from it all and help support a worthy cause.
Nightfall star party and imaging conference is held on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, typically around late October or early November. The Riverside Astronomical Society sponsors and hosts the event at the Palm Canyon Hotel & RV Resort in Borrego Springs, California. It’s a very informative and fun event.
This was our first time at Nightfall and we had a good time. We not only picked up some good astronomy tips, we also got to see fluorescent scorpions!
In all my years of living in California, I had never been to Yosemite and Jim had not been there for a number of years. I have always wanted to go but heard it gets congested, so that had deterred me. We both were really looking forward to camping there. Since we were going in September, given that a lot of kids are back in school, we were hoping it would not be as crowded.
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In September, we attended our first all-Airstream event, Alumafandango, in Jackson, California, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort. It was a 5-day event put on by the AirstreamLife.com folks and it was a blast! We attended several informative workshops, made new friends, explored California’s gold country, feasted on a very tasty catered BBQ dinner and enjoyed some great entertainment.
It was pretty warm inland so we were looking forward to camping at Crystal Cove State Park to cool down. This is one of our favorite beach area campgrounds because 1) all campsites have a view of the ocean 2) it is about 1 1/2 hours from home. Nice to be back and hear sounds of the crashing waves! We stayed for 3 nights, which gave us two full days to do things around the area.