March Supermoon Sunset Herb Walk & After-Party
March 8 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm$15 – $25
Photo: Joe P. Powers (https://joepowersphotography.com)
On Sunday evening, March 8, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., I’ll lead a March Supermoon Sunset Herb Walk to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where we can watch the simultaneous sunset and moonrise. The full supermoon will rise at about 6:15 p.m. and the sun will set at about 6:45 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, native herb-infused beers and non-alcoholic beverages.
When the Full Moon occurs during the Moon’s closest approach to Earth, when the center of the Moon is less than 360,000 kilometers (ca. 223,694 miles) from the center of Earth, it is often called a “supermoon.” This is the first of two supermoons in 2020. The next is on Tuesday, April 7. While the March moon is technically full on Monday, March 9, at 10:47 a.m., the night before gives us the best timing for seeing it full before it’s too late in the evening for a walk.
We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown between 4:00 and 4:30 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 7:30 p.m.
Then at 7:45 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 is working with the chef to plan a special custom Herb Walks menu featuring a flight of 4 beers paired with a seasonal menu they will design just for our event(!). More details as they emerge. Those interested will need to commit for dinner beforehand. Otherwise, you are free to 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 is $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, or $15 for students 13-17. Kids 5-12 can come along free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. There is no pre-payment required for this walk, just your promise to let me know if your plans change. If it fills up, priority will be given to those who registered in advance.
Please use the REGISTER button at top or bottom of this page to sign up. Registrants will receive a confirmation email with all necessary info a few days prior and a follow-up email afterwards with a list of all plants and wildlife seen. No dogs or smoking, please.
Ojai moonrise photo by Joe P. Powers https://joepowersphotography.com