Honey Moon

Did you see the moon last night?

Yesterday was Friday the 13th, but it was also the night of the honey moon.  Truly a once in a lifetime experience, as the next honey moon expected to fall on a Friday the 13th is not until 2098!  A honey moon occurs when the moon is at its lowest point in the sky, and therefore is the closest to earth.  The light bounces off of the moon at that low of a height and the moon is then able to emit that beautiful honey color.  If you saw it last night, you would also have seen that it was so huge.  The color was beautiful, yes, but it was so big!  Definitely a sight to savor.

My family celebrated by packing up a picnic basket with champagne, bread, and cheese (the necessities of life) and hiking up Trinidad Head, a tradition that my family often does when there is any astronomical happening.

My guy hiking up the hill, treats in tow.

My guy hiking up the hill, treats in tow.

The view from the top.  My kind of heaven.

The view from the top.  My kind of heaven.

We spent a good half hour waiting around after the sunset for the moon to show up.  We had fun pointing out into the distance and debating where our houses were.  Finally, the moon peeked out over the mountains.  If you saw it, you can attest to the fact that it was surely something else.

Unfortunately, as soon as the sun went down, our quality of pictures did as well.  Here are some of my family's pictures from moon outings from the past:

The beautiful Trinidad Dock.  We  tried to make our way down here after our hike, but apparently under new ownership, the dock closes at 10!  Blasphemy!  Disappointment for eager moon viewers.

The beautiful Trinidad Dock.  We  tried to make our way down here after our hike, but apparently under new ownership, the dock closes at 10!  Blasphemy!  Disappointment for eager moon viewers.

Watching the moon rise was such a great way to kick off summertime.  Here's to hoping that this summer is full of lazy moments where we are able to gather with loved one, rest under the night sky for a while, and just relish in the beauty of our world.