I've never taken a writing related field trip before yesterday. Not really anyway. I highly recommend it. It took time away from my work, but it really inspired me.
We saw a planetarium show -- and then came home and looked at the same things in the sky above the house. I couldn't remember where everything I wanted to see was located, and I was too tired to set up the telescope (that'll be tonight). But we found Orion's Belt, the Big Dipper, Polaris (the North Star) and Sirius (the Dog Star, aka the brightest star in the sky). I've got my borrowed 'scope set up and I'm going to see if I can find the Orion Nebula and Saturn tonight.
We also were able to view the sun (safely) at the observatory. If you are ever in the Concord, NH area, the McAuliffe-Shepard Planetarium is reasonably priced, and a really cool place. The food court is tasty for lunch, too.
It was good for writer's block as well. I have some great ideas of where I want to take my book that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Very cool indeed.