Happy July 2019 "moonwalkers." Photo: Kristin Bates

Sunset Moonrise Herb Walk

August 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Ojai Park & Ride for carpool to trailhead
450 E Ojai Ave
Ojai, CA 93023
$20 adults; $15 seniors 62+; $15 students 13-17. Kids 5-12 free, one per adult, by arrangement.
Lanny Kaufer


Full Moon Sunset Nature Walk, April 2019. Photo: Lanny Kaufer

On Wednesday evening, August 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., I will continue what has become a fun and popular new monthly activity. I’ll lead an Herb Walk up to a vista point above the Ojai Valley where we can watch the simultaneous sunset and moonrise. Following the walk is an optional visit to Ojai Valley Brewery at Azu Restaurant to sample native plant infused beers.

The actual full  moon occurs at 5:29 a.m. on Thursday, August 15, making Wednesday the closest night to it and an earlier, more convenient, time in the evening to witness it. The moon will rise at 7:39 p.m. and the sun will set at 7:45 p.m.

We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown  between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. and carpool to the trailhead to minimize the crowded parking situation there. From there we’ll gradually walk about 1 mile to the vista point, stopping along the way to meet some valuable native plants including:

  • Coastal Sagebrush
  • Elderberry
  • Purple Sage and
  • Toyon
Lanny discussing the harvesting and preparation of Oatstraw tea. Photo: Jeanne Black, April 2019

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 by 9:00 p.m.

From there you’re invited to join me and Rondia across the street for beverages, appetizers or dinner at the combined Azu Restaurant and 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 found earlier on the trail. His 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 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. An extra bonus: Wednesdays at Azu feature happy hour prices all day!

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. No dogs or smoking, please.

Cover photo of July full moon: Kristin Bates



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