Hard Labor Creek is one of the darkest places in the state--perfect for looking at the stars. That's exactly what we did. Everyone was able to witness the ISS fly over. I saw some globular clusters and nebulae through the telescopes. There were even some shooting stars!
For our stay, we trekked out into the middle of the woods. It was an unmarked site, so it was technically trespassing. It was the first time I've ever been "roughin' it." We set up out tents and built a campfire where we told stories. Throughout the night, nocturnal creatures lurked. There were some owls and even coyotes...perhaps even ghosts! Ghost Hunters once investigated Camp Rutledge, a nearby site, for their episode titled, "Camp Fear." I'd like to go back to the campsite one day, perhaps for an investigation.
While at my aunt's house, here are the pictures she took of my crush, Ryan, and me. She did some crafty photo editing on the second one (which was supposed to be a silly zombie-like pose).
Summer is approaching, and I'm looking forward to warm nights spent by a fire, camping, or gazing longingly up at the stars.
On a less related note, some days can be very difficult. I often find myself wondering how I make it through or why I'm even here. Then, there are those rare and cherished times where I'm glad to take the next breath. I found an inspirational quote I quite fancy. I'll share it in the hopes that it will resonate with any of you who may be reading this:
"Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but
nothing is infinite,
not even loss.
You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you are going to find yourself again. "