With so much light pollution in America (and worldwide), where can you go to see the night sky alight with stars? Where does the Milky Way still brilliantly shine in a swirl of white light against black sky?
There is a special award given to parks around the world that are prime star-gazing sites. The Headlands property located just west of Mackinaw City along Lake Michigan was recently awarded the prestigious International Dark Sky Park designation .
“The Headlands, with its two-and-a-half miles of shoreline and 600 acres of old-growth timber, is a beautiful place that will be protected forever,” said James E. Tamlyn, chairman of the Emmet County Board of Commissioners. “Add to that the ability to have uninterrupted night-time viewing and it continues that experience – and that’s what the Headlands is all about. It’s protected now, and as time goes by nothing’s going to change that.”
I hiked through this park on my first adventure. I might have to see the park at night this time.