450 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai CA 93023
PLEASE NOTE: As of Sunday, April 14, based on current reservations, this walk is full. I have started a waiting list and I’m reaching out to those already signed up to confirm their plans. Spaces may open up after that so please sign up if you want to attend.
The Supermoon Sunset Nature Walk in March was a great success except for one thing. Although it was a beautiful evening with a great group, clouds on the eastern horizon obscured our view of the moonrise until we were back down the hill off the trail. So in the eternal quest for perfection, we’re doing it again for the April full moon. Technically, the exact moment of the full moon will occur at 4:12 a.m. on Friday, April 19, making Thursday night’s moon the closest we’ll get to fullness. The sun is due to set at 7:31 so that is our target time to be at our vista point overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley (Valley of the Moon).
We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown between 5:15 and 5:30 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation. From there we’ll gradually walk about 3/4 of a mile to the vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants.
After witnessing the setting of the sun and rising of the full moon, we’ll walk back to the trailhead by remaining daylight, moonlight, and flashlight, returning to the Park-and-Ride by 8:30 p.m.
From there you’re invited to join me across the street for beverages, appetizers or dinner at Ojai Valley Brewery where brewmaster Jeremy Haffner has created some truly delicious lager-style craft beers and ales using some of the same local plants we’ll meet on the trail. His brews change with the seasons and reflect the plants of Ojai. At our March gathering, we had some amazing Chaparral Ale bittered with sagebrush and sage instead of the usual hops, New Moon Oat Stout brewed with wild oat grass, and Sugar Bush IPA flavored with local sumac berries.
Register now by clicking below or by calling 805-646-6281. You also can return to this website any time and click on the event listing itself in the right sidebar on the homepage or click on the “Register for an Event” link under ABOUT in the top menu. There is no pre-payment required for this walk, just your promise to let us know if your plans change. If it fills up, priority will be given to those who registered in advance. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info a few days prior.
Photo (retouched): Lanny Kaufer