Earlier this week, we visited a huge open area near the Continental Divide. We wanted to see Comet Neowise in this dark and picturesque setting. We brought along our Black Dog as a special treat for him and because we are so happy that he can hike again.
We'd seen the comet from other places. Due to light from towns, it was hard to spot with the naked eye. When we arrived in this mountain spot, it was completely different. The comet was bright and big - and it was gorgeous over the mountains. And it had zillions of other stars twinkling around it.
We settled in to take in the beauty. Some other people were doing the same thing. A comet overhead draws people outdoors to see it. Then, a sheriff's deputy arrived. Unbeknownst to us, the area was supposed to close at 10PM. He made almost everyone leave but he didn't see us sitting quietly a fair distance from the parking lot.
I did have to wonder, with all of the problems in our world right now, why was law enforcement so concerned with stopping people from quietly watching the sky? I'll never know the answer.
Having been overlooked, we stayed a while longer, soaking up the glory of Mother Nature. And, for that, I am so grateful.