Our 7:20 pm start was perfectly synchronized for the spectacular 8:08 sunset. The warm temperature made is easy for us to continue viewing the red sunset colors and enjoying lively conversation for 30 minutes waiting for the moonrise. Keiko shared harvest moon traditions from Japan and May shared traditions from Taiwan. Perhaps we need to add a tea ceremony to our moonrise hike in the fall. Laurie suggested that our club have two simultaneous sunset hikes, one Mt. Pisgah and the other on Spencer Butte. Now to figure out a way to signal each other. Then we spotted the red ball that was emerging over the hills to the east. It was stunning and well worth the wait. As the moon rose in the sky, Keiko pointed out the shadows of the moon rabbit pounding mochi. Rick shared his binoculars so that all of us could confirm the rabbit sighting. The lights of Eugene and stars accompanied us on the way down.Members: Janet Jacobsen, May Fogg, Jennifer Baer, Marianne Camp, Keiko Bryan, Rick Ahrens, Laurie Funkhouser. Nonmembers: Samantha Johnson.
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