It was like a long first day, but even the time flew fast!
We ate dinner, and waited for auroras!
The main dish was beef roast which was made from a large piece of meat and roasted slowly.
I took a slice of beef on my plate. 切り分けた一枚をプレートへ…
The side dishes; baked potatoes and vegetable salads. The baked potatoes were flavorful, and the carrots in the salads were so sweet. Mrs. Pat told us the carrots which grow in Alaska become so sweet because the soil in Alaska is so cold. I tasted them and it was exactly sweet! The dinner made me happy because it was delicious and enough amounts to make me full.
By the way, Mrs. Pat and Mr. Ed also have a cat whose behavior is elegant. Her name is Cinnamon. However…,
Look! She is such a fat cat like this!!
No matter how stout she is, she looks still elegant for me and even cute because of the stoutness.
In addition, Mrs. Pat told us Cinnamon pays quick attention to Mrs. Pat whenever she said “MATATABI”: a Japanese word. She told me it means “catnip” in English. She also showed us about that. When she said “MATATABI”, actually, Cinnamon replied “MEOW…MEOW…” and the voice sounded like saying “Please, please give me the MATATABI～”. However, as she once knew she couldn’t get any MATATABI, she looked like ready to move on to another thing. It’s funny.
After the dinner, we took the dogs to a dog barn: The purpose of this move is to protect them from the cold, and because specific dogs like to sleep close together: brothers, sisters, parents and children, and so on.
Finally, we stood by auroras in our cabin!
Mrs. Pat gave us homemade cherry pies as desserts, which we couldn’t eat because we were too full.
Before standing by seriously, we explored the trail to find the best spot to see auroras.
It was around 8 PM, a perfectly dark night in the snow mountains. While we were walking with looking up at the sky, a big shooting star appeared suddenly! We even saw clearly how it was burning out. I thought it was not like a shooting star, but a falling meteorite because the lights were so bright and intense like a fire. Moreover, it took longer time than I had ever seen to disappear: about 3 seconds or more!
We talked each other like “We are lucky to see the impressive star!”, “I get the feeling something lucky will happen”. Also, we discovered the best spot to see auroras and went back to our cabin: At that time, we couldn’t see auroras.
We checked the sky again around 9 PM, and couldn’t see auroras either.
We spent time by playing Jenga, which we had bought for our long nights in Alaska, and checked the sky around 10 PM. I discovered something not a normal cloud, but similar to a contrail. I thought it was just a strange cloud, but my husband said that was an aurora. Even though it was difficult to believe what he said, I believed him. We stopped by Atsushi’s cabin to let him know what we saw, and we three were off to the spot for auroras.
The strange something like a cloud changed its shape little by little. The movements were really like auroras. However, even that time I didn’t agree that was an aurora because it looked far different from what I expected. It was not colorful.
Anyway, we decided to take a photo of that by using Atsushi’s camera, which he bought for just taking photos of auroras in Alaska.
Pressed the shutter, waited about thirty seconds…
We all gazed at the display without talking. There was silence a little while.
We all readied to look at what it was,
and then, the image which appeared suddenly in the display for a moment made us surprised so much!!
It was GREEEEEN!!!! みどりーー！！
We recognized what we saw was real auroras. We took many photos by changing the setting and the direction to take it. We were into the auroras photography!
However, seeing the green of the auroras by our eyes was still difficult. We guessed that’s because it was a so bright moon at that night that we couldn’t see its color. Because of this reason, we went back to each cabin. It was around 11 PM. I made up my mind to check the sky in early morning, when the moon might be lower, and fell asleep.
Next morning around 5 AM, I looked at the sky but there were no auroras. Although I checked the sky about every thirty minutes, I couldn’t see any auroras.
Meanwhile, the moon was still bright.
Finally, I stopped waiting for auroras on that day.
What we saw was not what I expected: Not colorful. However, it was interesting to see the movement of auroras. Furthermore, I was really satisfied with seeing auroras at the first night at that place, even though it was weak and slight.
In summary, the first day was wonderful for me because of the dog sled and auroras!