I AM SO LUCKY. I can go right outside and watch meteor showers from my yard. Rumsey has some of the clearest sky in the nation, yet is within an hour of UC Davis and Sacramento. Tonight I will watch the annual Perseid show from my grassy lawn.
A couple of years ago I had a perseid-viewing party here. Neighbors spread blankets and drank cocktails. Another year I jogged 2.5 miles to Windy Bridge across Cache Creek and lay on the parapet watching meteors shoot above the profile of the hills. Before I purchased Rumsey House B&B, I stayed one August at Wilbur Hot Springs just up the road. I sat in the open-air pools and watched hundreds of meteors.
But my best memory of Perseids was backpacking with my young husband into the high Tuolomne Meadow area of Yosemite National Park, over 30 years ago. David was the one who introduced me to them. We spread sleeping bags on the sandy soil and watched them before turning in.