Date and time

Friday, April 19. Potluck 5:30, Sunset 7:45 pm, Leave 7:10 pm. Hike 7:30 pm-9:00 pm

Name of hike 

Full Pink Moon Potluck, Hike & Star Gazing, Government Mtn Rd

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Hike description  

The Duvalls invite you to meet at their home for a pre-hike potluck dinner 
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Where: (contact seller for address), south side of Walla Walla WA

Everyone is invited to bring your favorite dish, drinks, friends and family. After the potluck, we will head up about 7:10. The drive is about 20 minutes. You can drive to the "lookout" spot and just sit and enjoy, or you can hike on the gravel road or into the pasture. Whoever wants to can reconvene afterwards at the house.

This name came from the herb moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the earliest widespread flowers of the spring. Other names for this monthís celestial body include the Full Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and among coastal tribes the Full Fish Moon, because this was the time that the shad swam upstream to spawn. (courtesy of Farmerís Almanac)  

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. 

Leader

Carol Duvall, mrscarolduvall@gmail.com, 540-797-7133

Time and distance

1.5 hours; 2 miles

Difficulty  

Moderate

Dogs welcome?

Yes

Start location  

To car pool, meet at 5:00 pm below the tall Staples sign in the Cascade Farm & Outdoor parking lot at 598 N Wilbur Ave across from McCurley Toyota. Leave at 5:10 pm.

Directions

South for 1/2 hr on 2nd Ave or Howard St, continue S on Cottonwood, Powerline, OR Stateline, Co 525 Rd (all the same road south). Park when you get to the hills and start hiking on the road..

What to bring

Flashlight, whistle, jacket. Star Walk app on your cell phone (or other good star app that you activate in town)