Where to Find the Most Spectacular Views and Sunsets in Vacaville, California
Open space is plentiful in Vacaville. The kind of open space that makes you want to breathe deep. The kind that makes...
Join guest blogger and Vacaville local, Summer Richardson, on a journey into the night skies above town. Don't be afraid of the dark, because adventures don't have to end when the sun goes down. Read on to find the best stargazing spots around town!
I remember my first time in Los Angeles. I looked up at the sky and actually sobbed a little because I realized the people who live there are accustomed to a starless sky. The light pollution squashed any chance of seeing astronomical events. "Do they even know what they're missing?" I thought. The sky I grew up with, I'm sure, might not be up to par with the night skies of Lake Tahoe or Joshua Tree, but Vacavillians also have a few humble spots to view an unobstructed, Californian sky (check out this blog to find a few of our favorite sunset viewing spots). This summer, don’t stop exploring just because the sun has gone down. Make the most of summer nights and explore these astronomical events. Not only will you be able to watch the stars, but if you sit quietly enough, nightlife creatures might allow you to take a peek at them. Bats, coyotes, owls, opossums, are among the creatures who call Vacaville home.
Take time to lay down, be silent, and ignore the chaos of a busy life. You might be amazed at what you discover... so take advantage of these viewing opportunities.
My favorite place to watch the night sky has always been from the comfort of my own backyard, but those who are visiting or who live in an area of town that is exposed to a lot of light pollution can also try setting up in a vacant parking lot, being respectful to those who own it, of course. Other options for optimal viewing include the Browns Valley Open Space Preserve, the Alamo Hills, at the end of North Alamo Drive, or at the top of Mix Canyon Road near the trailhead for Mount Vaca, all of which offer an amazing view of Vacaville.
I have found stargazing the perfect way to practice patience as well as introduce awe into my life. We might see the stars often, in passing, but do we really take the time to look at them? In-the-sky.org has been one of the most helpful resources for a beginner such as myself. It offers really clear instructions on how to best view astronomical events in your area all year round. Night tends to be associated with either myths of ghosts or werewolves or sleeping or partying. This summer, let’s give night its proper association word: adventure.
Sources: Ford, Dominic. “The-Sky.org.” In, in-the-sky.org/index.php.
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