JCPL Column: Looking to the stars

I have lived all of my life in cities and suburbs, where it is rare to see Orion's Belt due to excessive light pollution.

In Grand Rapids, Michigan, I was raised. I believed I knew how the night sky seemed.

When I was 13 years old, my parents asked me where I wanted to travel on our summer vacation.

We travelled to the Upper Peninsula and slept in a cabin on Lake Superior because I cast my ballot for New York City.

Despite my initial disappointment, I ended up really enjoying the vacation for a variety of reasons.

The UP is a particularly lovely area for hiking and exploring. Additionally, it was the first time I had travelled far enough from a metropolis 

That there were areas where you could look up and see all of that never occurred to me.

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