My wife likes to watch meteor showers so we popped up the the White Mountains last Thursday to watch the Geminids without any urban light pollution. There was no visible moon or clouds that evening so we had a fantastic view of the winter starry sky in addition to the meteor shower. This was the first time, I’d ever seen a meteor shower (my wife goes without me), and I think it’s something I’ll want to do again.
This trip was also special because my wife, aka Captain Mouse, and I car camped together for the first time. You’d figure living with me, she’s an old hand at this by now, but she’s never shown any interest in hiking, backpacking, or camping before. But she had a good time and now wants to do it more.
Even more amazing is the fact that it was winter on this trip and temperatures dipped close to the single digits at night. The largest tent I own is a Black Diamond First Light, single wall, 4-season tent and it’s not exactly large for two people. I usually use it solo in winter because it’s so light weight.
Still, it turned out to be near perfect for meteor watching because we could lay inside the tent, on our backs and in our sleeping bags, and still see most of the sky out of the front door. This tent doesn’t have a rain fly so there’s nothing to obstruct the view. Earlier in the evening we’d sat on lawn chairs and with down quilts over our legs and foam pads under our butts, which was nice, but nowhere as comfortable as lying in our down sleeping bags.
A side sleeper, my wife found that her sleeping pad was too thin to keep her comfortable, and she’s already talking about upgrading to something very thick, wide and luxurious for our next car camping trip. Between a pad and a bigger tent, I have a feeling this is going to be a costly investment, but being able to go car camping with my wife will be priceless. I am hopeful that this will turn into something we can do together more often and combine with road trips throughout the Northeast.
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