I saw it that time I mentioned in the thread, and sadly never again. Too much light pollution in the city I live in.On an astronomy forum I read that only half of the population has seen the Milky Way. I would bet that 75% havn't seen it more than a couple times.
I can see it from my back yard and it makes for a lot of apreciation for flashlights. I turn the lights off and stare at the beauty of the night sky a lot though.
True to a degree, but when it’s cold and dark, I’ll be indoors getting warm whether it’s in a car, building, or two wall four season tent for backpacking. There is little to no moonlight inside a four season tent. Backpackers tend to hike in daylight and camp at night, especially in the snow. Still should bring a light for safety.You can see a lot further into the winter woods with dark adapted vision and moonlight than you can with a flashlight.
On that note, I’ll add one more. Right after my mom passed away from cancer in October 2007, we had to evacuate from the Witch Creek fire for 5 days. When we were finally allowed back into town (after locals with guns ran through the blockade), we had no running water for several days and much of our town had no power for up to two weeks. All of the power poles had burned down and needed replaced. I went to visit some friends on the outskirts of town to give them some flashlights and batteries. Around their property was like another planet. The ground was covered in black ash, and there were no lights on in sight at night, nor for the next two weeks. Still had some smoke in the air that hadn’t cleared yet darkening the night sky. Those were dark days.I'd have to say that the darkest place I've ever been was when my young daughter was incorrectly diagnosed with a very rare disease. The brightest light on the planet would not have helped.
Same here, except I was in Raccoon Mountain Caverns in TN, long ago. The tour issued us helmets with incan lights. They switched to LED's years ago and it's a lot easier crawling around in that cave without a giant battery pack on your belt.I was about 16 years old and we spent a few weeks camping as a family in and around Virginia. We took a commercial tour of Luray Caverns, and during the tour the guide turned off all of the lights to introduce us to true "Cave Like Darkness" I literally could not see my hand in front of my face!