Dave with Vega over his shoulder.
Dave and I had hopes to see the the brighter (for these parts) part of the Milky Way rise in the early morning. What we found was low haze obscuring the night sky. During winter the bright center of our galaxy is hidden as we face towards the northern arm of the Milky Way. Just as I love the return of Orion in the fall, I cherish the return of the clouds of stars and nebula that will rise into the summer sky. I saw it the other night from the valley bottom, but we wanted to be away from lights to see it in dark skies.
No need for disappointment. We enjoyed the early morning stars through windows in the clouds, drank coffee and bullshitted enough for any day, all before 6 am. That’s got to count for something.