Mt. Pisgah Sunset-Moonrise

Sunday, April 17, 2011
Leader: Royal Murdock
Hike: 4.2 miles, 1000 ft (Easy)

The U.S. Naval Observatory predicted that the Eugene sun would set at 7:59 and that the moon would rise 7 minutes later. Despite the heavy cloud cover and a few sprinkles of rain, our 10 hearty hikers labored up the back side of Mt. Pisgah in the hope of observing their togetherness. The sun set about on time. No one was sure if time of sunset is when it touches, is half way down, or at disappearance. We all agreed that the sun was quite a show-off in coloring the western horizon. We could not confirm that the predicted moon ever showed up. The next predicted togetherness will be on the other side of the day.

Members: Royal Murdock, Darko Sojak, Mari Baldwin. Nonmembers: Kristen Simmons, Rick Harris, Michelle Friedner, Laurie Marshall, Lynda del Nero, Marie Stringer.

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