Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I check once in a long while.
Astronomy is a big time hobby to me and a way for me to chill out from playing soccer and basketball and from coaching football. I generally go out to dark skies 3-5 times a month to "stargaze", actually observing faint galaxy clusters and planetary nebulae. I also travel to major multi-day star parties 3-4 times a year. Star parties are generally gatherings of 300-1100 astronomers under very dark skies to socialize and talk shop, etc.