After hearing my brother had seen the northern lights, or aurora borealis, during his camp out the night before, I was determined to at least give a sighting a try! So instead of getting sleep - I can get that on the trip home - at midnight we drove as far as the road would take us. Away from the lights of town, upon turning off the car lights this was the scene stretching out before us.
(It took awhile to figure out what camera setting would work to capture the lights, and even when I did the results weren't great, but I was thrilled to at least get a sense of what was in the sky!)
It was a bit spooky to be in a place so dark you could hardly see your hand in front of you, frigid with the wind howling, but it was also breathtakingly inspiring.
This entire trip has been amazing, exceeding any expectations I may have had. At times it was challenging to be "back home," in a structure that has not held up well over the last few decades, lying in bed at night thinking back to times in these same rooms as a child. It's been somewhat like stepping into a time capsule to visit a distant past, the idea of which made me nervous when stepping on the plane to get here. Yet how wonderful to add a new layer of positive experiences to my personal story of Nome, inspiring me to find ways to embrace a little more adventure in my day to day life back home!