My iPhone announced a message around noon on August 1st, a Holiday Monday. Cathy, our friendly tour guide from the Avonlea Heritage Museum, shared that an extra tour to shoot the Milky Way was scheduled to depart the museum at 8 pm. It didn’t take long for us to make up our minds. We accepted the invitation, threw some clothes into the camper, organized a couple of simple meals, loaded up the dogs and left for Avonlea. It is a90 minute drive from our place and it would be the first time for us to find a campground nearby. Dunnet Regional Park was the logical choice.
Cathy was set and welcomed everyone at the museum at 8 pm. We took the cars 3 miles to the designated parking space, slung camera bags and tripods over our shoulders and began to hike into the sunset…
We entered the valley the way we exited last time . It is always amazing how different a scene appears when looking back or approaching a landscape from a different direction.
Our group in darkness: My ISO was set to 1600 by this time, the sky was completely dark which is confirmed by the bright spots where the LCD displays are on the cameras… Cathy, our experienced guide and photographer wearing red.
Thank you Cathy G. and the Avonlea Heritage Museum for this great opportunity to explore the Badlands at night. We were considered a group (6 participants and up) and with that the group rate of $ 10 per person was applied. I feel it is a true bargain and it beats going to the movies any day 😉 . Cathy was helpful with suggestions for camera settings and shooting locations. She guided us back to our vehicles in complete darkness without incident. I vow to come back – I think the mosquitoes we encountered in the high grass around sunset must have given me a bug… I am hooked on the Avonlea Badlands.