Tonight was my first time hiking to see the full moon. I had previously hiked at night-time, but that was mostly due to poor planning. There was a point in the evening when I almost didn’t go. I knew that there would be a lot of people hiking the same trail. The path to the summit was also going to be new for me, so that captured my interest.
I underestimated the impact watching the moon rise would have on me. If you haven’t ever seen the moon rise before, you should add it to your list of things to do. The hike was a bit more difficult than the usual route to the summit, but it was a faster route. I think it was a faster route. With the climb being steeper, there was a bit of a concern about the climb down.
Watching the moon rise
As I was climbing the mountain, i kept looking up and around to see if I could see the moon. It was no where in sight. I thought maybe all of the headlamps on the trail could possibly be the reason since the trail was pretty lit up. When I got to the top of the mountain, the moon was still missing in action. I settled into my usual spot, which is a climb down some rocks. Getting to the spot is sketchy in general, and was super sketchy at night-time. I liked that I was the only one who dared to take the risk though. It gave me solitude. As I settled in, I had a few minutes to control my breathing and relax. It was as I was releasing one last stress filled breath that the moon peeked its crown over the horizon. My breath was taken away! Within a minute the moon had risen over the city landscape. Everyone on top of the mountain let out a gasp of awe as the moon rose. It was magical.
Do it again?
I would love to do another full moon hike to experience what I experienced tonight. The next time though, I would like to have some one to hike down the mountain with. It was terrifying going down the mountain on my own at 9:15 at night. There were ideas of mountain lions or coyotes waiting to pounce on me. I also worried that a snake may decide to cross the path as I was headed down.
I would someday like to camp out during the full moon. It is something to add to my “get your life together” list. I am thankful for the opportunity, and the adventure. Would you like to join me on a moon hike some day?