Last night I got to spend some time watching the Perseid meteor shower. The sky is so dark and the stars are breathtaking in Del Norte. That means a lot to a someone who's loved astronomy since he was a kid but grew up in the heavy light-pollution of L.A.
Plan on fielding a new reflector (telescope) in the Spring. I used to grind my own mirrors but these days that's a luxury. I'll probably be purchasing one.