Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Aurora Viewing

Feb 9, 2016
About 30 minutes drive from the inn, we arrived at the viewing site on Klondike Highway few kilos away Alaska Highway. It is a hay farm in summer. We stayed in a trading post (a small house). The structure is made of wood and the walls are made of canvas. From outside, you can see the silhouettes of the furniture near the walls and the people moving around. In the middle is a drum with a chimney. Wood logs are beside the drum. It is the heating system by burning logs in the drum. They put a kettle to boil the water for the coffee. I was told the coffee is specially made by a coffee company for viewing the northern light only. Benches, snacks and non-alcholic drinks are provided. We sometimes stayed here to chat, lie down and have some warm drinks. Interesting conversations filled up the atmosphere because people here were from all over the world as well as from other provinces in Canada.

The guide toured us around the sites. Karen and Caryee were busy with setting up the camera and testing the photos. Our guides had a profession camera and knowledge as well to help everyone to set the proper settings.

We also stayed for a while outdoor. It was not very cold, only around -1C. It was quite unbeliveable. They said it was not normal. Someone has been living here for about 20 years and hasn't experienced such a warm winter. Outdoor is an open area, no high rise. The sky was dark enough for viewing the light. The camp fire was set beside the trading post. Some people stayed with the camp fire, making the smash mellows and sharing the funny stories.

We couldn't see the light and started worrying. It was a bit cloudy tonight. We saw starry sky which meant it was a better chance to see the light. The viewing time was from 10 pm to 2 am. After about an hour, we finally saw some greenish light on the sky with many stars. We took some photographs as well as with the tour's camera.

We were very excited. First aurora in our life! Even this was not the strong one, we still felt the miracle of nature! I feel thankful for viewing the light with everyone here.
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