Clearly the Best read the glow in the dark Nalgene bottle in the Mauna Kea gift shop. I couldn't handle it. I bought the Nalgene. And then a coffee mug. The observation deck felt like my science teacher's classroom. That combined with the stargazing pun on my Nalgene, I held back my tears. Everything was too good.
I had only met Jacob and Karyn a few days before, but riding shotgun in his truck up the curvy steep roads to the top of Mauna Kea felt familiar and natural. We broke from the clouds and before was golden light painted across the top of the volcano. A sea of clouds hid the rest of the island from us.
The colossal telescopes felt like foreign starships. They'd periodically break the silent night with their loud hollow murmurs and rotations. Each time I'd nod and present up a peace sign. If anything went down, I'd wanted to make sure I had an alliance with this huge machines.