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Old 09-16-2005, 01:26 PM   #15
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driving down the road in northern Michigan years ago, I had a van full of people all asleep. I saw what looked like the sky shimmering...figure I was over tired. I stopped the van and got out to see the Aurora in its glory...quite amazing. Oh yeah I woke up all the riders...
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Old 09-17-2005, 03:26 PM   #16
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Sarmimi,

Where did you stay in Breckenridge? Do you recommend the park? (And will they still e open in a couple of weeks?)

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Old 09-18-2005, 02:55 PM   #17
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Sarmimi,

Where did you stay in Breckenridge? Do you recommend the park? (And will they still e open in a couple of weeks?)
Hi Pat.

We stayed(are staying) at the Tiger Run RV Resort just 3 miles north of downtown Breckenridge, right off hwy 9. It is the regular low season right now, so rates are cheaper. We like the park, although it runs 30+ a night for an RV site. They have a heated indoor pool, two hot tubs, nice common showers, tennis courts, basketball court, and are pretty much the only RV park near Breck. Oh yes, full hookups up to 50 amps, but only a few pull throughs. All sites are about 50' wide, so lots of space. Some of the premium sites even have an outdoor fireplace. It's one of the most upscale RV parks we have stayed during our journey. There are some state parks around lake dillon, about 9 miles north of Breck that you can stay at for less. 1st come 1st served but at this time of year, should not be a problem. The state parks will be a boondock, but I think one of them actually has electricity, but not certain. All are listed in Woodall's (Unfort, I can't find my copy otherwise I'd provide their contact info).

Tiger Run RV resort is open year round. Don't know about the state parks. I'd recommend Tiger Run, although it's not cheap. But if it's only for a few nights, why not splurge a little. The people here are very friendly, and Breck is a great town!

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Old 09-18-2005, 04:39 PM   #18
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Thanks, Sarmini. I think we'll go there after we visit RMNP for a few days. I'm not confident enough about my battery to go boondocking - got to plan to run the furnace for sure after your reports.

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Old 09-20-2005, 07:39 PM   #19
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Thanks, Sarmini. I think we'll go there after we visit RMNP for a few days. I'm not confident enough about my battery to go boondocking - got to plan to run the furnace for sure after your reports.
Hi Pat.

I forgot to mention that at the Tiger Run RV resort, they have a water pressure issue (long story, but the resort lost some of their water rights recently). Thus, for showers (washing dishes and everything else is fine) one has to either a) use their RV water pump or b) use the communal showers. Contact info is (970) 453-9690, http://www.tigerrunresort.com/

The Heaton Bay Campground right on Lake Dillon (about 9 miles north of Breckenridge and much quieter than Tiger Run, which sits right off busy Hwy 9) operated by the Nat'l Forest does have one section of about 20 sites w/ electrical hookups. But they are only open until Oct. 10. For info & reservations, (970) 469-5400. It's only $19 a night w/electrical vs. $30+ at Tiger Run.

Have fun! If you come within the next two - three weeks, you'll be in time for all the fall foliage. The higher elevations look like they are already peaking (leaves dropping) but the lower elevations are still lime green or just starting to turn.
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are the lights over?

I will be out west by late in the weekend. Are the lights over for now?
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I never saw any! But it never hurts to look. A lot of people don't realize it but most anytime you spend out looking up you're bound to see a few shooting stars and sattellites. There's always something interesting looking up
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Old 12-16-2006, 03:15 PM   #22
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Aurora in New Boston, NH last night

Not a great display - but enough to keep me from getting to sleep last night.

Per the spaceweather.com website, we could see more tonight!

Geomagnetic Storms: Probabilities for significant disturbances in Earth's magnetic field are given for three activity levels: active, minor storm, severe storm
Updated at 2006 Dec 15 2204 UTC

Mid-latitudes 0-24 hr24-48 hrACTIVE10 %10 %MINOR35 %35 %SEVERE50 %50 %
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Thursday was the night to see them after we were hit with a large coronal mass ejection (CME) from a large X3 flare. I saw some here in Colorado, and supposedly, you could see them down into Arizona.

There is still a chance over the next few days for more big displays. We might get an indirect hit from a CME spawned yesterday from a X1 flare, but most of it was directed away from Earth.

Happy Hunting!
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