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Walkers embrace super moons
Walkers hope to see something super during the August Embrace the Night.
The Super Moon, when the full moon coincides with having it’s closest orbit to earth, creating the illusion of being up to 14 per cent larger than your average full moon, is set to rise that evening, Aug. 10.
“At 8:20 the moon rises so we’ll see it just near the end of the walk,” said Embrace the Night founder Ron Carter.
He’s seen a great success in the walks he started with a Valentine’s Day full moon meander in response to seeing too many televisions flickering through front windows on his own evening strolls.
“I like walking at night and when we’ve been out in the winter nights, especially in the dark it’s lonely out there,” he said. “It’s just so epidemic and it just means there’s that many people that aren’t enjoying the outside in our walkable community.”
While a dozen or so came out in February, and then again for a St. Patrick’s Day affair, about 60 turned up for last month’s Embrace the Night, also organized on the eve of a super moon. He plans to hit the third super moon on Sept. 8 with a night walk.
“We’ve just been encouraged to keep going. There’s safety in numbers of course for people who are a little more timid,” he said. “I’m looking for neighbourhood leaders who might take a walk through north Oak Bay and south Oak Bay.”
This month, walkers will start at 7:30 p.m. and finish around 9 p.m. at The Oak Bay Marina (Turkey Head) parking lot, south side, next to the latest piece of summer art by Chris Paul. The entrance to the marina is at the foot of Curry Road at Beach Drive. Participants will follow a route south along Beach Drive to Shoal Bay to see another new piece of Oak Bay’s borrowed summer art.
Contact Carter at email@example.com or visit caob.ca to learn more about volunteering.