February Full Moon Sunset Herb Walk & After-Party
February 8 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm$15 – $25
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the large number of people interested in attending, pre-payment by PayPal or personal check is now required to secure your space for the walk portion of the event. See REGISTRATION INFO section below.
On Saturday evening, February 8, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., I’ll lead a Full Moon Sunset Herb Walk to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where we can watch the simultaneous sunset and moonrise. The full moon will rise at about 5:15 p.m. and the sun will set at about 5:25 p.m., giving us a nice window of time to take it all in. Following the walk is an optional “after-party” at Azu Restaurant and Ojai Valley Brewery for delicious food and local herb-infused beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation there. Then we’ll gradually walk about 1 mile to the vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants including:
After witnessing the rising of the moon and setting of the sun, we’ll walk back to the trailhead by remaining daylight, moonlight, and flashlight, returning to the Park-and-Ride lot by 6:30 p.m.
Then at 6:45 p.m. you’re invited to join me and Rondia across the street from the Park-and-Ride lot at the combined Azu Restaurant & Ojai Valley Brewery where manager Elizabeth Haffner, brewmaster Jeremy Haffner and the chef have planned a special prix fixe Beer Paired Tasting Menu (see below) featuring a flight of 4 beers paired with a seasonal menu. Those who complete payment for the walk will receive instructions for reserving the custom dinner. If they choose not to reserve, they can still order beverages, appetizers or entrees à la carte from the regular menu.
Jeremy’s brews change with the seasons and reflect the plants of Ojai. Three staples you’re likely to find on his list any time of year are Sugar Bush IPA, brewed with wild local Ojai “Sugar Bush” Sumac; White Pixie Ale, brewed with Pixie tangerine zests and orchard blossoms; and an amazing Chaparral Ale flavored and bittered with White and Black Sage and local Sagebrush instead of the usual Hops. Jeremy describes it as “built to mimic the scent on Shelf Road.” That’s where we’ll be walking! Non-alcoholic offerings also change with the seasons and may include an Elderflower-Blackberry Spritzer.
The cost for the walk portion of the event is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62-up, or $15 for students 13-17. Kids 5-12 can come along free, one per adult, by prior arrangement.
Please use the REGISTER button at top or bottom of this page to sign up for the herb walk. If there is still space you will receive an email reply with a link to a payment page and opportunity to reserve the special dinner. Otherwise, you will be added to the waiting list.
Paid registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info, including weather forecast, a few days prior with detailed info and directions. Light rain will not cancel. Heavy rain will. They also will receive a follow-up email afterwards with a list of all plants and wildlife seen. No dogs or smoking, please.
Ojai moonrise photo by Rochelle Castillo.