Stargazing at Lake Kahola is mesmerizing. Because of Kahola’s remote location we don’t have a lot of light pollution. Plenty of wind, to be sure. But then again, we are named after the Kansa, “People of the south wind.” Dark skies and bright stars highlight those late summer, early fall nights when the Milky Way is revealed each evening earlier than at any other time of the year. Spectacular is the only word I can think of for the experience.
The Christmas before last my wife and kids bought me a pair of Celestron SkyMaster (8×56, fully multi-coated and waterproof) binoculars for both my bird watching (Yes, I’m getting old.) and my love of looking up in to the heavens at God’s creation. Let me assure you, this was great and lasting gift.
Many a night I’ll attach the binoculars to a tripod, pull out my star chart and locate Saturn. With a moonless night and steady binoculars I can actually see the rings! To be sure, now I want a telescope to see them clearer…but one step at a time, right? Or I may search out Jupiter and count how many moons I can see that night. And speaking of the moon, those nights when it is full the light reflecting off the lake will mesmerize you.
What a joy it is to share a universe so vast with the ones you love. It is a real gift to both realize how fantastically made we are and at the same time how small a part in the universe we play. I find the experience both fulfilling and humbling all at once.
My point here is that the night sky is lost on us in the city. The stars simply do not outshine the Chick-fil-A sign, the stop lights and street lights designed to help us. Light pollution has crept up on us so gradually that we don’t even realize that the ancients actually had a better view of the universe, in a lot of respects.
Lake Kahola is a special place. I treasure the time I get to carve out to be here with my family. Stargazing is just one of the many activities I enjoy here. There really isn’t a price I can put on the experiences. If you are a resident and feel the same way, leave me a comment and introduce yourself. If you are thinking about buying a lake property in Kansas, well, you really should check us out. Give me a call.
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