July 17th, Day Eleven - Fireworks in the Skies
It's amazing how the sun can come out so bright after a cloudy day. If there
is one thing I learned in Minnesota, it is the weather changes extremely quickly
in this state. The sun can turn into rain in what seems like an instant.
Everyone was in a good mood as we ate breakfast, packed up the campsite and we
were on our way in no time. We decided to have a big lunch and a light snack for
dinner as we wanted to paddle through the evening.
Paddling through the evening.
The sun set beautifully along the glass surface lake as we paddled on. As the
evening was in place, we saw a band of thunderclouds in the far distance. Beautiful
sparks of lightning were popping in the clouds resembling nature's fireworks. It
was a sight to be seen.
As the sun set below the horizon, millions of stars that are home to Minnesota's
dark horizon lit up the sky. It was very relaxing paddling underneath the stars,
where the crickets were our radio and the moon our headlight. We eventually found
a campsite and set up camp. We ate our snack for dinner and reflected upon the wonderful
day, only to drop our jaws at some more natural fireworks.
It was a sight on my "life's to do list" to see the Northern Lights. Out of no
where, green and yellow lights danced in the sky just north of the horizon. It lasted
for about two minutes until it faded away, but it was a captivating sight.
Never before in my life did I see the Northern Lights, which are electrons given
off by the sun that are burned by our atmosphere towards the earth's north and south
poles. It was surly a highlight of my trip.
With this in mind, we smiled and slowly went to bed under the peace of the stars.
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