Date and time

Tuesday, July 16. Sunset 8:40 pm, Moonrise 5:38 pm. Hike 8:00 pm-9:00 pm

Name of hike 

Full Buck Moon Hike & Star Gazing, Bennington Lake, Walla Walla

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Hike description  

This is a conditioning hike and full moon walk with star gazing thrown in. Walk from the reservoir along the service road for a relaxing, enjoyable hike. Listen to the owls hoot, the coyotes howl, watch the stars shoot. This is your chance to listen to nature at night. Bring the family and hike at your own pace.

Full Moon names date back to Native Americans from the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is only 29 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year. 

July is normally the month when the new antlers of buck deer push out of their foreheads in coatings of velvety fur. It was also often called the Full Thunder Moon, for the reason that thunderstorms are most frequent during this time. Another name for this monthís Moon was the Full Hay Moon. (courtesy of Farmerís Almanac)

Leader

Diane Knight, dknighthawaii@gmail.com, 808-265-2363

Time and distance

1 hour; 1 mile

Difficulty  

Easy

Dogs welcome?

Yes, on leash

Start location  

Bennington Lake lower lot, east Walla Walla

Directions

Take Tausick Way, then east on Reservoir Rd to the lower parking lot, which is about two miles east of Walla Walla.

What to bring

Flashlight; Star Walk app on your cell phone (or other good star app that you activate in town)