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Question about observing at Pinnacles
« on: April 12, 2017, 10:55:52 PM »
Is it possible to catch some sleep in a car after observing at Pinnacles west?

Thanks for any help.

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Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2017, 04:18:11 PM »
I wouldn't figure on waking up in the morning there. The rangers are friendly, but like at Dinosaur Point, they don't want to find people in the morning.

Marko will tell you I almost always catch a nap under the stars before heading out. The Rich Neuschafer signature model canvas chair is perfect for that.
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Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2017, 04:49:35 PM »

Thanks Jamie.  That helps.

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Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 08:30:41 PM »
When I go I do sleep before heading home -- I don't want to be a danger to myself or others. I stop observing early to catch enough sleep and set the alarm on my phone so I'm driving out before dawn.  If I see a ranger when paying the entry fee on my way in, I let him or her know my plan and it has always been ok
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Re: Question about observing at Pinnacles
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 08:01:15 AM »
Thanks McMark... that's a sensible approach.  Observing till 2 am or so and getting 3-4 hours sleep (and using my phone alarm) will make it feasible.  Wow - astronomical dark is getting late, almost 9:30 on the 22nd.

Busy Saturday for me, aikido kyu test in SF mid-morning, visiting friends in South Bay afternoon and Sunday, Pinnacles (hopefully) overnight.  Maybe see some other observers there.

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