One of my favorite childhood memories is sitting in my backyard with my dad at night looking up at the stars. We would pick out famous constellations like the Big Dipper, the Little Dipper, and Orion’s Belt. We would scan the sky to find our own stars and make up names for them. We actually had one called “Carly and Dad’s Star” that comprised of three little stars that made the shape of a triangle. The two of us would sit there, for what seemed like forever, looking up at the sky talking about how huge the universe is. Looking at the stars has a weird way of making you feel small and insignificant, as well as curious and unstoppable all at the same time.
Now as I’m older, I crave that feeling. Nope, not the small and insignificant one. I’m talking about the urge to constantly feel curious and unstoppable. And what’s the best way to feel that? Take a trip down memory lane and go stargazing.
I’ve come up with a list of the 5 best places to get lost in the stars. Here they are…
Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah
Owachomo Bridge - NPS/Jacob W. Frank
Death Valley National Park, California
Badwater Orion - NPS/Tyler Nordgren
Cumberland Island, Georgia
Cumberland Island Safari - Jim Harrison
Cherry Springs State Park, Pennsylvania
Photo by Hotel Boulderado