450 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai CA 93023
The March and April Full Moon Sunset Nature Walks were so much fun we’re doing one again on the night before the July full moon. The following night, though technically the official full moon, would have us out too late for most people on a weeknight. On Monday, July 15, the nearly full moon will rise at 7:30 and the sun will set at 8:09. That gives us a nice window of time at our vista point overlooking the beautiful Ojai Valley (Valley of the Moon).
We’ll meet at the Park-and-Ride lot downtown between 5:30 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
- Purple Sage and
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 across the street for beverages, appetizers or dinner at Ojai Valley Brewery. 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 April gathering, we had his New Moon Oat Stout brewed with Wild Oat Grass, 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. Non-alcoholic offerings included an Elderflower-Blackberry Spritzer.
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.
Photo of April full moon: Lanny Kaufer