Remember this? The Hale-Bopp comet was around in 1996 - 1997. It was the damnest sight. A comet that seemed to go nowhere other than to just hang in the sky. Captivating.
It was estimated that the comet is visible on earth every 4,200 years. Get this: It's last visit was in 2,215 BC.
During the time that the comet was visible I was working and living on the California coast. A drive to work meant 20 minutes along the California coastline. Nothing like it.
It was about 11 at night, driving home from a meeting, when I stopped at a wide spot in the road. I sat on the tailgate of the truck for at least an hour taking in the smell of the ocean, listening to the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks. It was a clear, star-lit sky highlighted by the comet and it's long tail.
I can remember sitting there and saying, Wow....wow....wow.
It was one of those Wow moments in life.