I incorrectly set my alarm for 2:20, resulting in it not awakening me. Fortunately, I woke up on my own at 2:40 and checked the clock, got dressed, and set out.
I decided to take a faster route out to Long Run Park, but got lost when I couldn't find the back end of
It was supposed to take about 20 minutes to get to the park, but it ended up taking almost twice that. Along the way I saw more deer (six or seven) than cars (three). The deer and I weren't much of a danger to one another, since I was slowly feeling my way along unfamiliar roads.
This is one of the latest times I've been out to watch the Perseids. Usually I've gone out anywhere from 10:00 to 2:00, and been home well before sunrise. At those hours, I'm more likely to run into other people at the park (some I've seen have obviously been sky watchers like me; but others I've not been so sure about and might be better off not knowing.) Arriving at the park this morning at 3:30, I only saw on other car. I didn't see whoever came in it, but they left before I did.
I set up my lawn chair by the road. I used a little bug repellent, but they mosquitoes weren't too bad. Occasionally, geese or ducks on the lake would make a racket; distant dogs barked; a barred owl was repeating, "Who-cooks-for-you?" in the trees downhill; once, I heard a very far-off donkey braying loudly. It had a pleasantly pastoral feel.
The light pollution out at Long Run Park now truly sucks, though. It is darker than the street on which I live, but not by much. I had considered going farther out, either looking for a place way out Highway 22, or going with an astronomy group out to a viewing site in
Over the course of the first hour, I saw twenty meteors. Once I hit twenty, I almost decided to call it quits, but hung on for another fifteen or twenty minutes until I hit a tally of twenty five. The best one I saw wasn't a Perseid meteor; it came from another direction, and I only saw the end of it as it came from behind me, flaring bright yellow.
The drive home was much smoother.