Switchin' Flies

By Barney Nelson.
One of the most emotional moments of my life, that still gives me chill bumps when I think about it, happened one cloudy evening on Mount Locke over 20 years ago. I had taken an environmental literature class to McDonald Observatory for a tour. We had been invited by one of the students in the class who worked there, Marc Wetzel. We took picnic suppers and our favorite star poems to share. Then Marc led us up and down stairs, around catwalks (where I’m pretty sure no cat would dare to go), and past intense working astronomers as he explained the equipment and uses.

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