2.5 Exodus

Mount Rainier dominates the horizon as a procession of vehicles descends Table Mountain.  This is the view from the overlook at Lions Rock.

The last night on the mountain provided the best and most prolonged views of the night sky.  The clouds were gone, but the dew conditions were awful. 

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2.4 Dinner and a Moonset

Beautifully crafted telescopes also included superb engineering, such as this secondary mirror suspended by nearly invisible wires.

The next day’s weather was a repeat of the previous: partly cloudy, occasionally overcast, threat of rain, but then open periods of bright sun.  Alongside the coffee vendors, protective canopies were set up for astronomy-related businesses and causes. Artists, photographers, telescope and accessory retailers, social and political organizations: all had the equivalent of a wilderness storefront along “vendor row”.

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