Super Blue Blood Moon: Playing Hide-n-Seek With Mother Nature

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There rarely are any obstacles to overcome whenever I make plans to see a particular sight except maybe a steep admission fee to pay or a long line to endure.

Yet, when nature’s involved, seeing what I’ve planned can be like a game of hide-and-seek. A few years ago, I visited Alaska and hoped to view all 20,310 feet of Denali. The weather was good despite a persistent set of clouds. All morning they clung to the massive peak’s base. I was hopeful around lunchtime as they began to lift, but those stubborn clouds simply taunted me and sat on the summit like a big white hat.

Last week was the once in 150-year Super Blue Blood Moon. I held my breath as to what might happen. The evening started out well with a fairly clear sky and only a passing thin cloud. Yet, at the appointed pre-dawn hour when the real show was to begin, a thick cloud bank stretched over the sky eliminating all hope of seeing the rare celestial sight.

The score now in this game of hide-and-seek is Mother Nature 2 and me 0.

If you enjoyed this story in our series, you may also enjoy two other stories about unusual occurrences in the Portland area with snow and deer or any of our books.