Stargazing At The Griffith Observatory

The girls and I needed time to reconnect with all the things we love. Sometimes the best way to do that is through meditation. Putting an abrupt halt to the day to day grind — especially during all the changes due to COVID — and stopping to put everything else in perspective can help calm the mind and relax the soul. At least that’s what I’ve found. We decided to go up to the Griffith Observatory for a night hike and stargazing during a moonless night.

Amy brought a flask. Do we condone public intoxication? Of course not. So we each took only a single shot and went on our merry way!

Night hiking can be a scary activity but we brought headlamps (and company). We took a break along the overlook near the observatory and looked out over the Los Angeles skyline. It’s been a while since we’ve done something like this together and it was exactly the kind of rejuvenation I needed. It’s sometimes difficult to consider the beauty in a place when you’re deep within it everyday. Looking in from outside makes it easier. 

When we had our fill, we returned to the observatory in the pitch black of night. We took in a planetarium show (the observatory was open late because of a weekend, but our host took extra time to show us the constellations outside). Amy brought out a box of coffee from Dunkin. She thinks of everything.

Jupiter and Venus were bright in the night sky. By the end of the night, we were discussing plans for our next camping trip. The next new moon is only a month away — and there are plenty of locations outside LA better for observing the night sky. None of us has ever seen the Milky Way with the naked eye. We decided this was what we wanted to do. We’re going to Joshua Tree!