Yesterday was the first of 7 (count ’em, 7) days off in a row.
Today I’m headed north to see an old friend. Then, I’ll head west towards Rocky Mtn National Park for a much-needed night of camping in the cold, clean air. Hiking in the park to follow.
Tonight a full moon will grace the sky. Icing the cake, it’s the WOLF MOON. One source said it will appear 14% wider and 30% brighter than usual. Here’s what Wikipedia said about the name’s origin (I shortened it a bit):
“Farmer’s Almanac”. Almanac Publishing Co.. 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
Full Moon names date back to Native Americans, of what is now the northern and eastern United States. The tribes kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to each recurring full Moon. Their names were applied to the entire month in which each occurred… European settlers followed that custom and created some of their own names. Since the lunar month is roughly 29.5 days long on the average, the full Moon dates shift from year to year.
Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howled hungrily outside Indian villages. Thus, the name for January’s full Moon. Sometimes it was also referred to as the Old Moon, or the Moon After Yule. Some called it the Full Snow Moon, but most tribes applied that name to the next Moon.
The names through the year:
- January – Wolf moon only
- February – Ice moon
- March – Storm moon
- April – Growing moon
- May – Hare moon
- June – Mead moon
- July – Hay moon
- August – Corn moon
- September – Harvest moon
- October – Hunter’s moon
- November – Snow moon
- December – Winter moon
Forecast is for Partly cloudy, low of 16. Brrr! Hope the wolves don’t howl at my tent, looking for dinner.