We built a very large bonfire, had a quick dinner and lots of snacks (including Pecan Pie flavored Pringles!) and even managed to find a Geocache. Then we sat down to watch the show. Sure enough, as soon as it got dark, a small patch of mist could be seen, with flickering lights at the base. Then, a few minutes later, a thick mist rose up and lit up with bright pink lights. It stayed lit for several seconds then *poof* it was gone. Unfortunately, that was the end of the show for that night.
That was okay, since we had to leave anyhow. As I've mentioned, most Snowbirds start to nod off around 8 p.m. so activities tend to end early. Maybe that's why they don't have Daylight Savings Time in Arizona - it would disturb the circadian rhythm of all these old people.
|Sunset over Spook Mountain|
There are a lot of theories about these gases - some say the mists are lit up by lights from passing trains or from cars on the highway. This would be a great explanation except for 2 things: there were no trains when we saw the lights and the cars are on the other side of the mountain. There are no other sources of light in the area. National Geographic came out a few years ago to view the phenomenon and could find no explanation for it. The only theory that would work is that they've hired some recluse to live in a cave at the base of the mountain and do special effects lighting on random nights. Nice job if you can get it, I suppose, but not many perks.