A ping from my electronic calendar recently reminded me of the upcoming appex of the Perseid Meteor Shower between August 11th and 12th. I’d specifically marked it because this will be one of the first times I’ll be in a location so beautifully free of light pollution.
Although we do much of our work in remote locations, it’s surely a matter of luck to be in one of them at just this moment and this year, when scientists say the meteor fall will be of the greatest density in 20 years. Chan Chich Lodge is located in the midst of 33,000 acres of private land, with the only infrastructure other than the lodge itself being a small village and the farming operations of Gallon Jug. 9-plus miles of trails branch off from the lodge, as well as simple gravel access roads.
We’ve joined the Night Drive on 3 separate evenings, 2 of which we had the extra good fortune of amazing wildlife sightings thanks to the excellent skills of the Chan Chich guiding team. Whether trekking during the day, or watching carefully for eye-shine during the night, the experience of being out in nature is exhilarating.
During one of the drives I was happy to lean back on the truck’s padded seat and watch the stars go by. The cool night air and visible milky-way left me satisfied.