“Hope Valley is a very dark mountainous forest in the Sierra Nevada and, at 8,250 feet above sea level, provides a wonderful view of the night sky. Just pick any open meadow in Hope Valley….you will be amazed. But, bring a warm jacket…even in the summer time it gets a little chilly.” There is a National Forest Service Hope Valley Campground, located in its namesake valley, at an elevation of 7,300 feet, just 40 minutes south of Lake Tahoe.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.