To join in with Earth Hour, the girls ate dinner by candle light tonight. We almost forgot, but luckily remembered at the stroke of 8 p.m. Peter was out for a walk, but Cait ran around and turned off the computers and the few lights that were on. It is now light out until almost 9 p.m., so we really don't have a need for them to be on during the day.
Of course, once it starts to get dark, it really gets dark. I must admit it was nice to turn the light back on at 9 p.m. At this point, Peter also realized the truly dark(and cold) nights are going to be few and far between soon. He had been watching the sky avidly from 7 p.m. on and at 10 p.m, with the girls in jammies (well, one of them), a book for Cait (she can't go anywhere w/out reading material) and blankets, we headed out to the country side.
Why? For (possibly) one of our last viewings of the Northern Lights. They will become harder and harder to detect as the summer draws near, the temperatures warm and the skies stay lighter longer. Since we will likely leave in early June (but don't hold us to that), we don't have much viewing time left. We drove out as though heading to Hveragerdi and found a stopping point a few kilometers later.
Without a camera with the appropriate features, we could not take the stunning photos we could have had. We were far enough from the lights of the city to get a breathtaking view of the green and then pinkish lights as they expanded vertically. Cait and Nicholas slept through it, but Kelsey climbed into my lap as we watched the sky from the front seat. We can only hope she will remember this experience for years to come.
It was fabulous...natural lighting at its finest. If you are ever here in the winter on a very cold, very clear night, head out to the countryside and enjoy the show; you won't regret it.