|Going to be hard to decide on my favorite picture from the trip|
|Adam shows Tanner the whale baleen|
|Ice skating path on the Tanana Lakes|
|This suits our maturity level|
We kept our eyes peeled on the drive home, as one of the interpreters at the visitors center that morning had told us the drive to Chena and back would be a great place to see the lights. We didn't see anything of note, so after we arrived back at the cabin, we had dinner and prepared for bed. Just as everyone was getting ready to crash, Seth checked the NOAA space weather prediction one last time and saw an increased chance of solar activity. I rechecked the UAF aurora forecast and saw that their predictions had become more favorable since I last checked. With some prompting from Jocelyn, we decided to return to the Chena Lake Recreation Area for a last ditch effort to catch the lights before we left Fairbanks.
I sure am glad we did! When we arrived, it looked pretty unpromising, and, I admit, I thought the cloud cover was going to ruin our chances once again. However, as our eyes began to adjust to the darkness, we saw a thin band of what looked like lighter colored clouds near the horizon. As we debated whether that could be it, I set up a GoPro to do long exposure (30 seconds). Just as it finished taking the photo, someone asked, "What would you have to see to make you think it is the Northern Lights?" I looked down at my phone and said, "Exactly this. Guys, it's green!"
|Our first aurora|
|The Northern Lights|
Cumulative Bear Count: 0
Moose Involved Incidents: 0