Last week my wife and I spent an evening at Crater Lake National Park. While the deep blue water of the lake is reason enough to visit, I was there primarily for the clear, dark, moonless sky that would prove ideal for stargazing. (The sunset and following sunrise were a delightful bonus!) Seeing the Milky Way over Crater Lake was an Oregon bucket list item I was looking forward to checking off.
Wile we were at an overlook on the east side of the lake, with our picnic dinner watching the sunset, we met a guy named Aaron from Columbus Ohio that was traveling through Oregon after a recent business trip. He was telling us that he and his wife were eager to move out to Oregon after some family obligations that wee keeping them in Ohio.
We continued taking as the sun set, until finally the darkened sky revealed the Milky Way that stretched overhead from north to south. It was absolutely beautiful.
The three of us took turns pointing out satellites, and shooting starts and unanimously agreeing that this was awesome.
It was awesome, and not just the starts. I think it was awesome that even during this season of so much division and turmoil in our country and world, my wife and I could share such a cool experience with someone who, hours before was a stranger, but someone who left as a friend.
May we all be on the lookout for opportunities to share a kind word, friendly conversation, or cool experience with those around us.