Sat. July 6, 2013
COE Public Star Party
There were quite a few clouds when I arrived shortly before 8:00, but there were already a dozen or so visitors. One couple was there to get information for a book they are writing about nature tourism.
Visitors kept streaming in; there were 134 on the sign-in sheet, and I always figure there were a few more who didn't come by the welcome table. The clouds came and went, off and on, but by the end of the evening the sky was mostly clear.
There were about 10 scopes on the field, and I believe some of them belonged to visitors rather than members. I know at least some of them were looking at Saturn, because I got the not uncommon comment (half kidding) about how we must have put a photo of Saturn on the scope to show people because the view just couldn't be real.
The temperature must have been close to 100 when we started, but it turned into a pleasant summer evening. The grass was a reasonable length, with a few stickers, and I didn't notice a bug problem.
COE Resort personnel had said the new internet service might be installed by now, but there was none yet.
By 11:15 all the visitors were gone, although some members stayed around for a while after that.