By Scott Vanderlip
The night sky should be a magical part of our lives. Humans used to be as comfortable and familiar with the night sky as much as the view out our front door.
While recently reading the book called the Natural Navigator by Tristan Gooley, I was inspired to study various natural methods of navigation including celestial methods and other ground based observations.
Looking directly up at the sky for any extended periods of time during the night is often cold and difficult on your neck. One day while out running, I thought of creating this fun event called "Stars And Sleeping Bags" as way to make celestial viewing warm and comfortable.
Through the Los Altos Hills Parks/Recreation programs, I am organizing three Stars and Sleeping bags events on Thursdays evenings, May 10, 17, and 24, 2012.
We will be meeting in at the top of the hill near in Los Altos Hills. The best place to park to access this part of the preserve is to park on the street at 26676 Altamont Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022.
Time: 8 PM to 10 PM – Feel free to arrive late or leave early if needed
What to Bring: Please bring your own sleeping bag, pillow, pad to enjoy your star gazing. We will put out a large tarp to your sleeping bags down onto.
These events are open to everyone, kids, families, adults.
What goes on?
This event is loosely structure to allow time for everyone participating to contribute their knowledge of the stars and night sky. We first enjoy the sunset (about 8:15) and watch the first of the stars and planets appear and identify some constellations with our laser pointer.
Feel free to bring a guitar and share a song, story or poem while we all gaze up at the sky and become familiar with the stars and patterns above us. Each event will be unique.
For more information, please visit the Stars and Sleeping Bag website at