Saturday, December 24, 2011

Camp Christmas

We'd never visited Camp Alpine during the winter, so we decided to go check it out.
We had the place to our selves. The drained pond was sporting a layer of grass, with frost still remaining in the shade. The salamanders were snug in their beds.

It got cold quickly after the sun went down. Luckily there was plenty of firewood.

It has been an uncharacteristically dry winter, and we had another clear night. We spotted the space station pass by. The Soyuz capsule docked the day before and six humans will be spending Christmas orbiting earth this year. With all the solar panels, it becomes the brightest object in the sky for a few minutes. If you want to try spotting it, I published a how-to at Instructables.

After some hot chocolate and listening to Cinnamon Bear on the radio, we declared "mission complete" and returned home to our warm beds. The caretakers gave us a plate of Christmas treats to take home. I'm sure they were glad to have some company, even if only for a short while.


Sweet Polly Purebred said...

Glad you got to do something fun. :)

Mrs. Linda said...

How cool...literally!! Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous 2012! It's getting up to 80 here today...not cool!!! Take care and enjoy your WHOLE family. Your little ones will make it so fun!

Eldon and Janeil Olsen said...

we could identify you by your shadows! Did you see any reindeer?