Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Foiled Again

I had my infusion yesterday. It typically makes me fatigued and sluggish, so I just came home and cleaned up in the shop and got my bike ready to ride. It feels good wanting to ride again ... perhaps that would be more appropriately stated "feeling good enough to ride again".
 
Ah, so much for good intentions. My infusion hit me like a ton of bricks. I am working nights temporarily so I stay pretty close to my night schedule on my days off. I went to bed at 3 am this morning planning on being up and leaving on my bike by noon. I got up around 11 as planned and did a couple of things I needed to do then sat down on the couch. I was so tired, I told Donna that I was going to lay down for a little bit longer. I woke up at 6:30 this evening. Yep ... I slept 13 hours and I'm still exhausted. Nothing new for any of you living with RA, but it sure can get in the way of having a good time.
 
I went out to the Blue Moon Observatory in eastern Oklahoma last week for my first attempt at shooting the Milky Way. I found Blue Moon on dark sky finder and it turns out that I have rode by it many times on rides and never knew it was there. Dave Alford owns Blue Moon and doesn't want people coming up to his house just to look around and I don't blame him. Dave was a super nice guy and had many stories to tell as it started getting dark. Once it was dark, we all got serious and I was somewhat pleased with my first attempt. I want to shoot the Perseid meteors this week but the forecast for the peak days are mostly cloudy nights.

Almost showtime as the triangle pops out in the evening sky.

The Milky Way with a meteor crashing in on the top left of photo.

A satellite streaking across.

My favorite shot of the night.

Swung to north to get the Big Dipper and the lights of a far off town burned
 in on a 30 second shot. It was pitch black to look at the horizon.