Want to do something different? Want something exhilarating you can do with your family? Then consider hiking under a full moon. This is what I did on my local Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) hike this past week.
Regular chapter members and, in some cases, their spouses and children joined us. This time we met at Borderland State Park in No. Easton, Massachusetts. During the winter’s full moons, we plan to hike/walk at other scenic spots. I may suggest Wompatuck State Park, right here in town.
It was a beautiful night on Tuesday, October 11th, as we hiked around a large pond and through open meadows, with a full moon showing the way. We had headlamps in case the moon clouded over, but it remained clear, and we were able to see the gentle path before us.
Early on, we had seen a deer in the meadow. The beautiful animal fixed an eye on us, and we looked at the deer for a long minute, all under a full moon. I wished I could have taken a picture but it was too dark, and I didn’t have the right equipment.
We had split into two separate groups with different leaders to make it easy for everyone to stay together. There was chatter in our group, and there was also time for reflection. We were a content and happy bunch.
Once, our leader suggested we be absolutely quiet and still for several minutes. We did so and tried to listen to nature and drink up the sounds of night. Truthfully, we heard nothing as we all peered at the moon. I do believe we would have heard sounds of nature if we could have stilled a little longer.
It started to get cold, and we circled back to our starting point. Everyone enjoyed a pleasant evening and looked forward to the next full moon. Have any of you ever done something like this?
See you next time.