Tonight is the final night of the peak of the Perseids this year. Since age 21, I have not missed the Perseid meteor shower each August. Look northeast.
Despite the full moon washing out the stars, last night we saw four or five spectacular shooting meteors with long tails in an hour. Many small ones. Some looked like ghost meteors washed out by moonlight.
I took a new man to the summit of Badger Mountain to watch the Perseids. Usually I go alone. Unfortunately I'm not attracted to him. We got back to my place at 2 a.m. He spent the night with me. We both had trouble sleeping.
No sex. "I feel reticent," I told him (reluctant or restrained). "What does reticent mean?" he asked. Didn't want to hurt his feelings.
Big Sky and No City Lights
Badger Mountain is 30 minutes from Wenatchee with big sky and no city light. A paved road. At the summit, there are are two wheat silos with a dark, gravel driveway and parking lot. Nobody else was there. Perfect.
In years past, I backpacked to mountain summits to watch the Perseids. Set a tiny alarm clock for 2 a.m. Stuck my head out of the tent and counted 50 shooting stars in 10 minutes.
Fell asleep with shooting stars going back-and-forth under my eyelids.